Bacon Jam to return on Saturday

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Sean Murphy and Bob Murphy, both of Mayfield, buy beer from Matt Sherman, a co-owner of Stump City Brewing, center, as Steve Oare of Virginia stands in back during the second annual Bacon Jam Sept. 30, 2018 in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — The city’s downtown will once again be filled with the three Bs, bacon, beer and bands, during the third annual Bacon Jam on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion.

“Bacon Jam is downtown Gloversville’s premier bacon themed event,” explained Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings, event creator and organizer. “We are a unique event that happens in the southern Adirondacks, we welcome everyone to come and join us for a day of bacon, bacon and more bacon.”

Bacon on a stick, fried dough sprinkled with maple sugar and bacon jam, bacon pizza and macaroni and cheese topped with Sriracha and bacon jam are just a small sampling of the bacon creations that will be served up this year along with a variety of other tasty options by a slate of 15 food vendors.

“All food vendors have at least one bacon-centric item,” Jennings noted. “Smokin’ Hoggs BBQ is going to have bacon on a stick once again this year and he is bringing double the amount he brought last year. It is usually the most popular item and sells out each year.”

Those 21 and older can also look forward to enjoying their bacon with a cold glass of locally produced beer or hard cider available for purchase from four regional brewers in the beer garden. Entrance to the beer garden is $5 per person.

While pausing to digest the first round of bacon before going back for seconds and then thirds, event-goers can enjoy four hours of live music performed by Craic Agus Ceol, Stinky Boots String Band, Duane Mark & Co. featuring Tim Vee and Insolent Willies.

“There will be a lot of fun, really exciting music that you can hang out and listen to that adds to atmosphere that Bacon Jam ends up being,” Jennings said.

To add to the event’s local flavor, Jennings said representatives with eight community groups and organizations will be on-hand to mingle with guests while providing information on area services and activities. Staying true to Saturday’s theme, Jennings said one participant, local historian Don Williams, plans to serve up the history of bacon in Fulton County.

“Community groups participating adds another layer to the event where it’s not just about food, but it celebrates the community as a whole,” Jennings said. “It’s just a really great opportunity for us to highlight community groups that are active in and around Gloversville. To give exposure and introduce people to community groups they might not have had contact with.”

Jennings anticipates that the city as a whole will enjoy exposure to a new audience as she expects attendance will swell to anywhere from 4,000 to 4,500 guests this year, topping last year’s high of roughly 3,700 that welcomed visitors from neighboring Herkimer, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

“That’s the great thing about this event, every year it builds and every year we get people into downtown who are not necessarily from this area,” Jennings said. “It’s a great day to showcase our community and all that we have to offer.”

“I hope people walk away with full bellies and have had a wonderful day out. I also hope that people who attend our event walk away with a really good feeling about who we are and where we live,” she added.

The third annual Bacon Jam will be held Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion located between Elm and Bleecker Streets. The event is free to attend.

The event’s layout spans the parking lot surrounding the Farmers Market Pavilion and a small portion of Elm Street will be closed to traffic during the event to allow safe pedestrian access. Public parking lots will be accessible on Elm and Fremont streets.

For more information about Bacon Jam, including a full list of vendors and event sponsors, visit downtowngloversville.org.

By Josh Bovee

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