'Bacon and Beer Classic' to bring swine, suds to Philly this weekend

Refill your cholesterol medication prescription and give your liver a break — the Bacon and Beer Classic is coming to Philadelphia this weekend, and it's bringing plenty of swine and suds along with it.

Set for Saturday, June 10, at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, the Bacon and Beer Classic is a nationally touring event that comes to Philadelphia for the first time this year (so don’t confuse it with the Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival). For its first time in town, the event will have more than 50 craft beers from regional and national breweries, unlimited bacon strips, and a slew of bacon-based dishes for attendees to enjoy.

Restaurants participating at this weekend’s festival include Gunner’s Run, Stockyard Sandwich Co., Urban Village Brewing Company, Coreanos, and more. Beer-wise, festival-goers can look forward to offerings from local favorites such as Weyerbacher, Yuengling, and Forgotten Boardwalk, plus brews from national brands like Samuel Adams and Green Flash.

In addition to entertainment like giant Jenga and photo booths, the festival also will feature a bacon-eating contest. The contest’s winner will take home a year’s supply of Hormel bacon.

“Philadelphia is home to so many amazing restaurants and boasts a quickly growing beer scene,” organizer Kate Levenstien said via a release. “My team and I can’t wait to showcase the best bacon dishes and brews this city has to offer."

Attendees can choose to go to one of two “sessions” planned for Saturday: One from 12:30 to 3 p.m., and another from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Tickets, which are available now, run $45 to $55.