Hundreds Attend Beer and Bacon Festival

Bacon and asparagus treat was one of many food dishes served up at the Beer and Bacon festival in Spenard.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Beer and bacon – hundreds showed up for the Alaska Brewing Company’s first ever festival celebrating “two very important food groups” in Spenard.

On Saturday, the Millennium Hotel hosted the festival, which featured a bacon eating contest, games, prizes and music and of course a frosty cool beverage to wash all that bacon down with.

Organizers say the festival’s success means this will likely turn into an annual event.

“We had an idea a couple months ago of putting together a beer and bacon festival and Alaskans love beer and they love bacon,” said Carol Fraser, festival organizer. “We sold the tickets in two weeks, and didn’t do that much advertising. Did some Facebook promotions and everybody’s having a blast so why not, let’s do it every year.”

According to the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, the coffee and beer industry in the state provided 240 jobs as of February 2013.

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