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'Great Big Bacon Picnic' Coming to Williamsburg With 100+ Bacon Options

By Serena Dai | March 19, 2015 1:47pm | Updated on March 20, 2015 5:35pm
 More than 100 chefs, restaurants and mixologists will offer bacon-based dishes at the Great Big Bacon Picnic.
More than 100 chefs, restaurants and mixologists will offer bacon-based dishes at the Great Big Bacon Picnic.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Get ready to pig out.

The Great Big Bacon Picnic is bringing more than 100 chefs, mixologists and restaurants to Williamsburg this spring for an event packed with bacon-laden food and drink.

Restaurants and foodie spots from across the city — including popular eateries like Hill Country Barbecue, Traif, Nick & Toni's and bakery Ovenly — will dish out bite-sized food with bacon as a prime ingredient.

"I think bacon is the universal solvent of foods, at least for non-vegetarians," said co-organizer Craig Taylor. "It’s one of those unifying foods that everyone just loves and makes so many things better."

Tickets cost $99 and include unlimited food and drink.

Though many spots haven't submitted their menu items yet, they will be looking to get creative, Taylor said.

Oddfellows will dish out a bacon-flavored ice cream. Benjamin Steakhouse will offer its thick-cut bacon dipped in chocolate, a special usually only offered on Valentine's Day and National Chocolate Day.

And Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table cooked up a lobster and bacon spring roll with a tomato bacon chutney — the spring roll encrusted with panko bread crumbs and bacon.

"This is one example of something that's unbelievable," Taylor said. "They're using bacon three times — the inside, the outside and the chutney."

The event will also offer drinks like bacon bloody marys and bacon egg creams and a bacon bar where attendees can try the meat in its purest, strip form.

Everything may be in bite-sized portions, but most people probably won't be able to sample from all the vendors, Taylor said.

But that doesn't mean they can't try.

"We’d love it if someone could go and try as many dishes as possible," Taylor said.

The Great Big Bacon Picnic will have three, two-and-a-half hour sessions on May 16 and 17. It will be an indoor-outdoor event at the Old Pfizer Factory at 630 Flushing Ave.