International Bacon feast goers racing to finish their one pound of bacon in Houston, Texas. Oct 7

International Bacon feast goers racing to finish their one pound of bacon in Houston, Texas. Oct 7

International Bacon Fest 2017 celebrates pork

The smell of sizzling bacon hits one’s nostrils well before entering the gates.

Grandma’s Boys Lemonade hosted the fifth annual Bacon Fest 2017, Saturday, in Houston’s Sports Creek Bar. The event featured Texan restaurants, bands and businesses to celebrate all things bacon and pork related.

Bacon Fest staffer Drew Harris said the event drew nearly 4,000 festival goers who enjoyed eats from local food trucks, as well as booths from Houston-area restaurants.

“It was a great turn out — I didn’t think it’d be that busy.” Luan Nguyen, part owner and chef of Casian King food truck, said.

Casian King served BLTs with crab meat, an item created specifically for the festival, and kimchi fries, their signature dish.

Jodi Bouttakoth, owner of Sticky Rice food truck, said the festival was her first event since launching her blue and brown stickered vehicle.

“We’re new, but I’ve met a lot of nice people and even had some return customers just today,” she said. “Our bacon-inspired food item was a traditional fried rice topped with bacon and garlic.”

The festival held a people’s choice contest to see which food truck or restaurant attendees enjoyed the most. The winner was Buttz Food truck, a converted bus with a gray paint job and a picture of a pig on the side.

“We operate all over Houston,” owner Garret Blinn said. “We go to office buildings, we’ve been catering a lot, we’ve even gone as far south as Galveston.”

Buttz food truck serves pulled pork sandwiches as their signature dish, but in keeping with the bacon theme, Blinn created a new dish.

The medic making sure that everyone serves the bacon eating contest at the international bacon feast in Houston, Texas. Oct 7

The medic making sure that everyone serves the bacon eating contest at the international bacon feast in Houston, Texas. Oct 7

“We’re serving BLTs, but the lettuce was substituted with arugela and we’re using fried green tomatoes,” he said. “We also have bacon butter fries with jalapenos. We initially made it by accident but the customers love it.”

Bacon Fest also featured booths where businesses sold non-bacon products.

“We’re mostly online right now, but I love it at the festival.” Nicki Praisewater, co-founder and co-owner of Lone Star Honey, said. “We have our Fiery Sweet Mesquite Honey. It’s really good on pork and that’s perfect for the occasion.”

Praisewater said the most fun part of the job is talking with people and hearing what they have to say.

Bill Kelly was a first time Bacon Fest attendee.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Kelly said, adding that he enjoyed the football truck, where attendees could take pictures with a Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy.

Harris said he has been working the festival for three years.

“I love it — I get to make people smile with bacon,” he said.

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