Bacon Festival Coming to Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Starr Hill Brewmaster Robbie O'Cain sums it up best... "It's bacon and beer. What more do you need?”

CURED: Central Virginia Bacon Festival is coming to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall on May 30.

The inaugural festival, sponsored by Starr Hill Brewery and The Rock Barn, will celebrate the thriving local food scene in Central Virginia and featured bacon-inspired dishes from some of the area's top restaurants.

Participating restaurants include (current as of 3/30/15): BBQ Exchanged, the Blue Moon Diner, Boylan Heights, Brookville, Citizen Burger Bar, Dr. Ho's Humble Pie, Fossett's (Keswick Hall), Ivy Provisions, Maya, Rapture, and the Ivy Inn. More restaurants are expected to be announced soon.

Starr Hill Brewery will offer local craft beers with specific paring recommendations with certain dishes.

"We're thrilled to be a part of Cured and to bring back our award-winning rauchbier, Smoke Out, which pairs with just about every dish offered by these great local restaurants," said O'Cain.

The festival will be from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, April 3. A special pre-sale will be available from 10am on Wednesday, April 1 to 10pm on Thursday, April 2. The pre-sale password is BACON.

There are two levels of tickets available. General admission tickets are $30 if purchased before May 15 ($35 after May 15). GA admission includes four tasting tickets and one voting ballot. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $60. VIP admission includes early entry at 12pm, access to the VIP stage, six tasting tickets, two drink tickets, and two voting ballots.

All proceeds will benefit the Local Food Hub in Charlottesville. More information can be found at

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