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This event is popping…with bacon

This event is popping…with bacon

3rd Annual Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival is July 27 at the Visalia Convention Center

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VISALIA – If you’d rather sample bacon-inspired dishes and desserts than weather the outdoors and sizzling on the concrete, the Visalia Convention Center has just the thing to get your taste buds poppin’.

Tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival at the Visalia Convention Center on Saturday, July 27. The festival is a beer tasting festival designed to build the appreciation of craft brew all while listening to live music and enjoying bacon! The festival will take place indoors in the nicely air conditioned building and feature over 75 craft beers. Local restaurants will be sampling their best bacon inspired tastes for you to savor. 

In addition to a variety of crafts, domestic, import beers and specialty ciders, A&W’s Floatmobile will be serving root beer floats. Wine provided by Cacciatore Fine Wines will also be available for sampling for those attendees who wish for even more variety than already available. A $1,000 cash prize to the restaurant for the best bacon taste as voted by the attendees will be awarded, and don’t forget the bacon eating contest. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up the night of the event and win two VIP tickets to 2020. 

The event launched in 2018 with over 1,300 attendees that came to enjoy the refreshing brews and bacon bites from local breweries and restaurants. Last year, the honor of Best Bacon Bite went to Cinnamon Roll Shack for their bacon topped cinnamon rolls. Breweries and restaurants are being added regularly and updated on Facebook.com/visaliaconventioncenter. 

Enjoy live entertainment provided by Brandon Pasion, Nameless  and JJ Brown. 

Singer-songwriter Brandon Pasion, brandonpasion.com, writes to tell our collective story. Having grown up in the shadow of some of songwriting’s greatest talents and his father’s guitar, Brandon’s songs come from a place of honesty­—the hurts and joys that define him, and the hope that carries him through. For the last decade, Pasion has played shows up and down the west coast, from Victoria, BC to San Diego, headlining conferences, concerts, vineyards, and beer gardens.

JJ Brown, jjbrownmusic.com,  is a USN veteran and country singer songwriter. He is known for his lyrical stories and high energy shows. He has shared the stage with other artist including Clint Black, Kevin Costner, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, and many more.

Brown’s blended sound has been compared to Keith Urban, Eric Church, and Bruce Springsteen. His music has been described as Country, Rock, and Americana. His lyrics tell stories of life in the military, love, and empowerment. JJ Brown’s music will make you laugh, dance and even cry.

Nameless, facebook.com/namelessgenreless, is the South Valley band that can’t be labeled. New, old, country, pop, rock—if it’s good music, they have it covered. You will have a great time with Danny DeSimas on vocals, Jef Edwards on drums, Lloyd Cassidy on guitar, and Stephen Soto on bass. 

The event will again be partnering with Visalia’s roller derby team the V Town Derby Dames. Partial proceeds will be donated to the Derby Dames. Come and support your local breweries, restaurants, bands and your Derby Dames. 

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the event, groups of 10+ $25, and $75 VIP (only 100 VIP are available). This is a 21 and older only event, proof of age will be required at the door.

General Admission tickets include entrance at 6 p.m., unlimited tastings, restaurant bacon bite samples and live entertainment. VIP tickets include early admission at 5:30 p.m., VIP lanyard, merch, exclusive access to the VIP “Budweiser Country Club” area with private food and brewery serving area and unlimited tastings, restaurant bacon bite samples and live entertainment.

Brewery, Restaurant and Sponsorship Participation Packages are available. Please contact Shelley Ellis at shelley.ellis@visalia.city or 559-713-4004. This year’s sponsors already include: Bueno Beverage Company, California Pork Producers Association and Giant Chevrolet/Cadillac. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Visalia Convention Center Box Office, Monday through Friday, or online at www.visaliatix.com. For more information call the Visalia Convention Center Box Office at 559-713-4040. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time, print at home or pick them up in advance to avoid lines.

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