Troy Bacon Festival Was a Pig Out!

BFwholepig The Great Pig Out/Bacon Festival was truly a pig out for the Festival Fanatics who attended this weekend.

Troy’s Riverfront Park hosted more than three dozen barbecue vendors and there really was a little bit of everything for anybody.  We particularly like the bacon cannoli, the bacon wrapped corn on the cob and the brisket sandwich.

Dan the Man had to try a Ron Swanson meat feast.  Swanson is the carnivore on Parks and Recreation that always dreams of bacon and other meat products.  The meal at the Bacon Fest consisted of three hot dogs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, melted cheese and several other items the staff just threw in for good luck.  They even gave Dan a glove to eat it with his hands! The locale was wonderful.

We had attended the Troy Food Truck festival a while back at the same venue and it is great, right along the Hudson.  Troy also throws a huge Farmers Market just a block away on Saturdays, so this is one busy place when a festival rolls into town!

One minor complaint the Festival Fanatics might offer up is the lack of $1 and $5 samples at the vendors (as advertised).  They did have them later on (at 5 p.m. when the big championship barbecue competition began) but for those of us there at the opening (11 a.m.) we were out of luck.

This is a festival that is still being tweaked and we hope they make samples available all day long at the next Bacon Fest. Like we always say…Bacon Festival!  What’s not to like! BFdanbigwpig   The Fanatics (Big Chuck and Dan) with the festival mascot. BFbaconallyBacon Alley..right along the Hudson River! BFjackedupJacked Up BBQ has won many regional and national BBQ awards. BFcrazyherbCrazy Herb’s was a popular vendor. BFbbqviewEach vendor had a cooker just smoking away! BFcatskillsBBQ vendors came from all over Upstate New York (including the Catskills!) BFwoodrstfdThis was a really elaborate mobile BBQ cooker. BFtxsodaA little Texas Soda to wash it all down with! BFcttncndy   Ever hear of Bacon flavored Cotton Candy?  They had it! BFribwgnRib wagons were all over Riverfront Park. BFovenCan’t you just smell this stuff?  Yummmm….. BFswansonmenuAA   Here is the Ron Swanson meal offered at one of the vendors.  Did Dan dare to try it? BFdanswansonHe scores!!BFtruckSomebody call a fireman.  This BBQ truck was HOT!BFsweetsueAnd for dessert…our favorite Troy baker..Sweet Sue and her mini Key Lime pies!

About "Big Chuck"

Hi folks, this is "Big Chuck" here. I love Upstate New York! I have written several books about the region, do a lot of public speaking around the state, am an award-winning radio broadcaster (since 1989), write a bi-monthly newspaper column and give walking tours of Cooperstown, N.Y. Yes, I do keep busy! I hope we can share some Upstate stories on this blog! If you would like to take a look at my series of Upstate New York books visit
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