On Saturday, March 5, my sister, her husband and I made our way over to Scheels Arena in Fargo for the Beer and Bacon Festival, now in its third year of operation. The festival has two sessions, one at 1 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. There are ticket options for VIP but we went general admission for $35 plus those dang fees they tack on for about $44 per person. There is also an option to attend for only the food ticket. My brother-in-law went that route since he was our driver. I think that was around $20 but can’t remember for sure. We attended the earlier session – each one lasts for two and a half hours. The doors opened right at 1 p.m. and after showing our ID and tickets we entered into the arena featuring 60 booths of beer samples and food samples containing bacon. I don’t really get the obsession with bacon. I am not a huge fan and I wish it was just the Beer and Food festival. But really – I can’t complain! And beer and bacon has a great ring to it.
Booths are in the lobby, concourse and main floor area. Each attendee receives two tokens so you can vote for your favorite beer booth and favorite food booth. Naturally, there was a bit of a mad dash of people rushing towards the booths. We just kind of make our way around the concourse and started at Fargo Brewing since we knew their beer. From there, we went around trying to hit every booth. The layout was great, each beer booth had usually about 3-4 samples of beer in small pours. Interspersed were food booths so you could balance the beer with food.
Above is Sandy’s Donuts maple bacon glazed donuts. They seemed quite popular. On the floor was a main stage where they had a band and the bacon eating contest. We missed that. We did hear after the fact that Rhombus Guys won both the FOOD and BEER categories! Wowza!
Before we knew it, we only had about an hour left. Time went so quickly! We did our best to try a beer from each booth and hit several of the food booths. The band on the main stage provided some great background music. Oh and I must mention, there was a mechanical pig you could ride! It was a mechanical bull outfitted with a pig tail and pig ears. Funny.
There were cash bars available though I’m not sure why you would need to buy a beer? Haha. Soon we were being ushered out so that Scheels Arena staff could clean up and get ready for the next session. That is seriously impressive as some of the attendees apparently don’t know how to throw things into the trash cans?
I appreciate the smaller crowds from the first year, the layout and the variety. My only complaint is I wish it would be open longer. It was way too difficult to get to all the booths, we did miss a few. However, we will certainly be back next year if they do it again. They do a great job of providing a fun and safe environment. Cheers!