Air Capital Bacon and Beer Festival returns to Wichita for the second year after debuting in 2016. Impressing a skeptical crowd upon opening, the event looks forward to an even more successful run in 2017.
“There had been different bacon festivals in the area that left a bit of a bad taste in people’s mouths,” said the festival’s Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator, Shelby Sachs. “We really had to earn the people’s trust that this would be a positive event. We had only good feedback from last year’s event so it was a great experience!”
The event, which will take place at Hartman Arena on April 29 from 3-7 p.m. is expected to draw 1,500 in attendance.
“This is a unique event as there really isn’t anything else like it in the market. We work our hardest to find the best local restaurants to participate and include all of the local breweries in Wichita and Kansas itself,” Sachs said. “We build this event to be a real culinary experience for all of the patrons involved. We don’t market it to be an all-you-can-eat bacon buffet.”
Restaurants and Breweries
Planning the event since December of 2016, the team has pulled together an impressive lineup of local restaurants including Cero’s Candies, Il Vicino, Sweetly Scrumptious Chris Cakes of Wichita, Country Kitchen, The Grille at Reflection Ridge, Hurts Donut, Jimmy’s Egg, Nancy’s A-Maize-ing Sandwiches and Uncle Roy’s Tavern.
As for breweries, the event boasts nearly 30 in attendance this year, featuring local establishments such Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, River City Brewing Company, Third Place Brewing, Wichita Brewing Company and Aero Plains Brewing. For a full list of participating restaurants and breweries, check out the Festival’s website.
“It’s a chance for local restaurants to showcase their talents and for guests to sample things from restaurants they may not have had before. The same thing goes for breweries. When we find a beer we like, we tend to stick to it. This gives everyone a chance to sample a huge variety of beers to find new ones they love and want to go buy in the store or visit a taphouse,” Sachs said.
About Air Capital Bacon and Beer Festival 2017
This year, the Air Capital Bacon and Beer Festival will highlight live entertainment from Sunshine the Bunny. The event will also allow guests to try their hands at riding the mechanical pig and participate in the Hormel bacon eating contest.
Whether you have a discerning taste or you consider yourself a rookie bacon eater, you’ll be right at home. According to the Festival’s website, it’s mission is to educate, recognize and provide a wide range of activities for all things bacon and beer in the Air Capital.
Though the exclusive VIP packages for this year’s Air Capital Bacon and Beer Fest are sold out, general admission tickets are still available. Priced at $30 each in advance or $35 the day of the event, these tickets allow patrons ages 21+ access to the event from 4-7 p.m. Buy a ticket!