Y'all Sure Love You Some Bacon and Bourbon

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Last week, the Scene hosted our first (and certainly not our last) Bacon and Bourbon Festival at the Loveless Barn. In fact, the event sold out so quickly that we didn't even have a chance to publicize it here on Bites, so clearly this one was right in your wheelhouse.

The assembled crowd was festive and seemed generally interested in sharing fellowship while enjoying bacon-themed tastings from some of Nashville's favorite restaurants and bourbon samples from four regional distilleries. I'll admit to a fear of some over-the-top hipster bacon love (dude, get another shirt), and while there was a preponderance of plaid flannel in the room, it really seemed like a nice cross-section of the community.

The entertainment was provided by two excellent bluegrass bands, Midnight from Memphis and Stop Gap, who offered the perfect ambiance without making it too loud to converse. It was great to be able to enjoy the music without worrying about accidentally being blasted when you walked in front of the speakers.

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The bourbon was provided by Collier & McKeel, Eagle Rare, Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace, the latter of which featured a new bourbon cream which I had never sampled before. It was quite tasty.

A third "B," beer, was provided by Blackstone and Brooklyn, so I guess they might be the fourth and fifth Bs, but who's counting?

The restaurants and caterers pulled out the stops and were clearly inspired by the bacon theme. Of particular note were a Bacon & Bourbon S'more, with graham cracker, bourbon marshmallow, ancho chili and Weller candied bacon and chocolate, from {PUB}licity and a decadent pork belly sandwich served under a glass dome full of smoke, created by the mad scientists at Chef's Market.

Here are the rest of the restaurants who generously participated:

360 Bistro
Alegria
Amerigo
Bang Candy Company
Burger Republic
Chago's Cantina
Copper Kettle
Famous Daves
feast
Finezza
Five Guys
Loveless
Pub5
Sal's Pizza
Walker Creek Toffee
Whole Foods
Wildhorse

If you don't recognize one of the names on the list, that's because Pub5 hasn't opened yet, but they hope to swing open the doors across from the Bridgestone Arena between Rippy's and the Palm soon. Click on that link to learn absolutely nothing about them.

Event organizers promised an even bigger and better festival next year, but hopefully they'll be able to keep the comfortable vibe and easy access to the tasting tables that made this year's event so enjoyable. We promise to give y'all some extra notice next year!

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