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2nd annual Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival is July 28 at the Visalia Convention Center

2nd annual Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival is July 28 at the Visalia Convention Center

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VISALIA – Country music, craft beers and crispy bacon await next weekend at the Visalia Convention Center. 

The Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28. The second annual event is a beer tasting festival designed to build the appreciation of craft brew all while listening to live music and enjoying everyone’s favorite meat garnish … bacon!

Those in attendance will be able to sample the best bacon bites from local restaurants. In addition to crafts, domestics, imports and specialty ciders, root beer provided by the A&W Root Beer Float Mobile will be available for sampling. Wine provided by Cacciatore Fine Wines will be available for sampling for those attendees who wish for even more variety than already available. Breweries and restaurants are being added regularly, be sure to check for the latest news and updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/visaliaconventioncenter. 

A $1,000 cash prize to the restaurant for the best bacon bite 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! In 2017 we celebrated a successful inaugural year with over 1,100 attendees that came to enjoy the refreshing brews and best bacon bites from local breweries and restaurants. Last year, the honor of Best Bacon Bite went to PhD for their Japanese Style Braised Bacon with House-Made Kimichi. 

Live entertainment will be provided by local country music performers Brandon Pasion and Terra Bella throughout the night. Singer-songwriter Brandon Pasion 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 British Columbia to San Diego, headlining conferences, concerts, vineyards, and beer gardens, most recently opening for the Marshal Tucker Band. For more information on Paison, visit Facebook.com/BrandonPasionMusic. 

Ranchers. Musicians. Married. Joseph and Martina Costa are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo from California’s San Joaquin Valley known as Terra Bella. Both Joseph and Martina’s roots are deeply planted in Central California, where they immersed themselves in agriculture. For years Terra Bella toured up and down the West Coast playing clubs and rodeos as well as opening for national acts such as Lee Brice, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Thomas Rhett and more. In August 2013, the pair decided to move 2,200 miles across the nation to “Music City, USA” or Nashville. The pair immediately committed to their purpose and was soon a regular member of the songwriting community.  

The husband and wife country duo has released their highly-anticipated new album “There’s a Country Song.” Terra Bella’s first performance in Central California of their new album will be at the Visalia Convention Center Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival.  For more information on the duo, visit them at Facebook.com/TerraBellaOfficial.

 Also in attendance will be 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 or more are $25, and $75 for VIP (only 100 VIP are available). This is a 21 and older only event, proof of age will be required at the door. VIP tickets include early admission at 5:30 p.m., VIP lanyard, souvenir pint glass, swag, 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. General Admission tickets include entrance at 6 p.m., unlimited tastings, restaurant bacon bites and live entertainment. 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.

Brewery, Restaurant and Sponsorship Participation Packages are available. Please contact Shelley Ellis at shelley.ellis@visalia.city or 559-713-4004. Thank you to the Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival event sponsors: California Pork Producers Association, Giant Chevrolet/Cadillac and BL Quality Meats.

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