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Bourbon and Bacon Fest 2016

You know what I like? I like a charity event that I’m actually interested in attending.  Last night, I attended the Seattle Bourbon and Bacon Fest benefitting the Treehouse organization (foster kids).  It was a benefit that fulfilled my donation critique: 1)a charity event, 2) bourbon (spirits), and 3) bacon (food).  The admission (ticket) was a gift from my wife (unlike my stories are shift to my dear readers). So a donation was the ticket to the Bourbon and Bacon Fest held at the Seattle Design Center last night. For $70 (general admission), you wander around enjoying different sips from the distilleries and tastes from the different resturants/caterers. We attended the 2nd session from 7:30 to 10 pm.  Your ticket includes a souviner glasses, drink tokens, and food tokens.

Pros: It’s a charity event so you don’t have a bunch of drunk douche bags running around saying “Yo Bro!” and giving each other high fives. On a personal note, One of my favorite hobbies is “people watching” and that was decent.  I witnessed lots of bad tattoos, hairstyles, and liquor reps in black t-shirts trying to explain their various drinks to people who just want a bloody drink. And there wasn’t a lot of hipsters so it didn’t look like you wandered into a homeless shelter.  I did see one DB walking around and had to grit my teeth. The DB looked like the singer Pitbull. He had white framed sunglasses but they were upside down and on the back of his head. Keep in mind, it is 7:36 pm, it has been cloudy and raining all day, the sunset was 90 minutes ago, and the room is dimly lit. You really think you need to be wearing sunglasses inside?  You don’t need to be walking around like you are at a Miami nightclub ready to go onstage and perform.  Just go put away your sunglasses and put on a shirt that has actual sleeves.

However, I love people watching and eavesdropping on conversations so last night was enjoyable.  Some people purposely talk loud so they are noticed.  They draw attention to themselves, make themselves a little more important for a brief moment.  I don’t consider that much of an eavesdropping expedition and ignore their conversation (unless they are witty and/or sarcastic). I prefer the small group of two or three people discussing and talking, but not paying attention to me. Now that’s interesting because they will let juicy tidbits drop here and there.

Now back to the cons of Bourbon and Bacon Fest….

Cons: The event was from 7:30 to 10 pm but some of the vendors ran out of food or liquor and were packing up early (around 9:30-9:35 pm). That was disappointing.  I would also have liked to have more “bacon”. There was a lot of “bacon” items but I wanted to overdose on bacon, especially at a Baconfest. I want bacon wrapped around everything.

I’d like to hear:

“Would you like a stick of gum with bacon wrapped around it?”

“Would you prefer this bacon wrapped steak or this bacon wrapped around more bacon?”

 “Do you want to try some bacon salad in a bacon bowl?”

Just so I’m clear with you my dear readers, I want my tasting glass to be filled to the rim with some smooth bourbon and a bacon strip as my stir stick and then I’ll know I’m at The Seattle Bourbon and Bacon Fest.  Call me picky; but I want bacon.

Overall, it was a fun event.  Glad I was able to attend and make a positive difference in some foster kids’ lives.


2 responses to “Bourbon and Bacon Fest 2016

  1. Eric Tonningsen March 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    What an exquisite event. And a worthy cause to boot! Any leftovers?

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