The way some events are named sometimes baffles me. Golf provides some of the better examples: ‘The Cadillac Classic’? That sounds more like a new Cadillac model to me than a golf tournament. How about ‘The John Deere Classic’? Are we golfing or competing to see who can mow their lawn the best here? I think the name of an event, even a ‘Classic’, should reflect what you can expect to find at that event rather than who’s sponsoring it.
You enjoy good craft beer, don’t you? I mean, you’re here reading this article, so I would suspect you do. I also suspect you enjoy good food as well; perhaps even bacon. Would I be correct? Well, do you have plans for Saturday, May 17th? If you didn’t before, you do now. The Bacon and Beer Classic is coming to Seattle’s Safeco Field on Friday, May 17th and, with a name like ‘Bacon And Beer Classic’, I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Set to be hosted in baseball stadiums across America this Spring and Summer, the Bacon and Beer Classic is a brand new, unique event series that will tantalize you with delicious craft beer, decadent bacon-inspired tastes, and exciting live music. Due in part to Seattle’s passionate sports fans and our love of great craft beer, the Bacon And Beer Classic has selected Safeco Field as the kick-off point for the entire series, meaning we’ll be the first stop on the tour. Over 80 different local restaurants and breweries have already signed up to be a part of this one of a kind event.
Here is the full press release from Cannonball Productions:
An event unlike any other, Cannonball Productions is bringing the Bacon and Beer Classic (http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/) to America! The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside major league baseball stadiums across the country. It is a premier experience focused on traditions, where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and craft beer!As thousands of attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Live music will get people dancing, interactive games will bring out their inner kid, and the cooking demos and beer schools will teach everyone – from the expert to the novice – a thing or two about bacon and
Cannonball Productions selected Seattle as the first city to host this inaugural event series, on May 17th at Safeco Field. When asked why Seattle was chosen as the kick-off point, Kate Levenstien, President (and founder of Bacon and Beer Classic), Cannonball Productions stated “We’re not interested in just giving our guests a run of the mill experience. The Bacon and Beer Classic brings together THE BEST in local food, brews, and entertainment. Our event is not only about the experience, but it’s about the quality. Seattle certainly knows its beer and Seattle knows its food. Couple that with it having some of the most die-hard sports fans in the country- and well, it just makes sense. We’re thrilled to be kicking off at Safeco Field on May 17th!”
The participating vendor line up is a good one and growing by the day. Currently over 80 local restaurants and breweries have signed on to participate in the event. Each brewery will serve at least two of its most coveted brews. The restaurant chefs have been given the challenge of serving their most delectable bacon inspired dish. Be prepared to not only taste some bacon classics, but bacon used in a variety of different ways you’ve never seen (or tasted) before!
How will everyone know which brew and bacon dish was best? Guests will be able to download an interactive mobile application that not only lets them vote for their favorites, but also provides a full set of useful and interactive features to use while at the event. After both sessions, Cannonball Productions will tabulate the votes, and award one restaurant and one brewery the title of best in show.
In addition to the bacon and brew experience, the event has enlisted a number of the most popular bands the Seattle area has to offer. Bands will play next to the stadium dugouts. Guests can choose to take a break from the sips and tastes and immerse themselves in the concert element of the experience. Also, along the promenade, guests can interact with a number of games and activities. These include but are not limited to; cooking and brew schools, Cornhole tournaments, giant beer pong, Frisbee games, and large-scale jenga… just to name a few! This popular event will be drawing in attendees from all over Seattle and the Northwest region. Attendees can choose from two event sessions, or plan to attend both! Attendees will need a ticket for each session they attend. The first session will be held from 12pm-4pm, and the second from 6pm-10pm.
The Bacon and Beer Classic is and will always be an all-inclusive event. General Admission tickets are $59, and they are going fast! Each guest will receive a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic cup. Guests can also choose to purchase a VIP experience ticket that will give them access to a variety of exclusive privileges. These include but are not limited to; VIP lounge, exclusive brews and bacon tastes, a guided tour of the stadium, and special experiences.
While this is a national event series, Cannonball Productions works extremely hard to make it a local experience, working and partnering with local businesses and groups to bring together the best the area has to offer. They have partnered with the charity OneBrick, in order to share the experience and bring together volunteers in the Seattle area. Cannonball Productions has also pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from the May 17th event to the ongoing Oso mudslide
General admission tickets for this event are $59, or you can splurge a bit and go for the VIP package for $99. The $99 VIP package includes access to special areas like the VIP lounge as well as other perks like beer and food choices not available to general admission ticket holders. There’s even a ‘Premiere VIP’ package for $149, described as: “Premium VIP tickets will have all the benefits general admission and the regular VIP tickets. In addition these ticket holders will receive exclusive access to the visitors clubhouse, a professional photographer to take photos on the field (warning track), and much, much more!” You can purchase your tickets for the Bacon and Beer Classic here, and be sure to follow them on Facebook for the most up to date information about the series. Tickets are on sale now and are going fast, so don’t delay.
Also, as noted in the press release above, a portion of the proceeds from the Bacon and Beer Classic will be donated to relief efforts for the victims of the Oso mudslide. So you get to enjoy some great craft beer and food while still helping those in need.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.