BaconFest Asheville is BACK, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

BaconFest returns on Aug. 30, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

After selling out the 2013 inaugural event in less than 2 weeks, 105.9 the Mountain (WTMT) invites all of Western North Carolina to go hog wild again as the Mountain presents the 2nd Annual BaconFest Asheville being held in the outdoor meadow at Highland Brewing on Saturday, August 30. Get tickets here!

Enjoy the celebration of all things pork & support Blue Ridge Food Ventures!

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales to BaconFest benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a program of AdvantageWest that helps food and natural products entrepreneurs take their ideas from conception to the store shelf.

This year’s event is sure to excite the taste buds with even more bacon-inspired cuisine from some of Asheville’s best restaurants showcasing unique pork creations from classic BBQ and good old fashioned bacon to bacon sweets, bacon inspired sushi, bacon cotton candy as well as an exclusive bacon-infused beer from Highland Brewing created just for the occasion. Event attendees will vote on their favorite dishes to help crown restaurant victors in the categories of “Best Bacon,” “Most Outrageous Dish,” “Best Sweet” and “Best BBQ."

Scenes from BaconFest 2013There's an app for that!

Local restaurants taking the BaconFest Asheville culinary challenge include Chop House, The Southern Kitchen & Bar, Bouchon, King James Public House, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, Chop Shop Butchery, Dickey’s BBQ, Another Broken Egg, Take Out Riverside Grill at Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Barleycorn, Foggy Mountain Brew Pub, Creekside Taphouse, Strada Italiano, Korean House, the Potato Wedge, the Social and more.

New in 2014, 105.9 the Mountain is creating the BaconFest Asheville mobile app to showcase the festival layout, allow event attendees to vote digitally for their favorite restaurants competing in culinary categories, and get access to exclusive BaconFest Asheville games and offers from event partners.

In addition to the culinary offerings, this family friendly event will feature live music from the Artimus Pyle Band, a climbing wall, “piglet call” for children 9 and under, a “pigskin” football challenge and more. Highland Brewing beer and prepackaged “take home” food items will be available for purchase.

Scene from 2013 BaconFest to benefit Blue Ridge Food VenturesTickets are now available & will sell out quickly

Don't be left behind! Tickets are available here and will sell out quickly. A limited number of “early bird” General Admission tickets will be available for $10. Regular General Admission tickets are $15 and children 9 and under are free but still require a ticket for entry. General Admission access to the festival is from 1pm to 4pm.

In addition to General Admission tickets, a VIP package will be available for $25 and includes guaranteed parking at Highland Brewing, VIP only festival access from 12pm to 1pm, bacon upon arrival from Hormel Black Label Bacon, and a BaconFest Asheville swag bag. Attendance will be capped at just over 2,000 people.

Thanks to these supporters of BaconFest

Other BaconFest Asheville partners include Paramount Kia of Asheville, Eddie’s Dog House, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Earthfare, the National Guard, Mad Vapes, and Asheville Festivities. For questions on BaconFest Asheville, contact Nikki Mitchell, Events and Promotions Director for 105.9 the Mountain, at (828) 210-8546. All details on this event can be found at

105.9 the Mountain (WTMT), Western North Carolina’s biggest rock station is part of Asheville Radio Group, the area’s leading radio advertising company, reaching thousands of listeners every week. The cluster includes four other world-class radio stations including Mix 96.5, 98.1 the RIVER and ESPN Radio 1310 & 970.

A look back at 2013: Going hog wild

The 2013 BaconFest Asheville was a spectacular success. Take a look at our photo gallery here.

What's Blue Ridge Food Ventures all about?

Get a look at the impact Blue Ridge Food Ventures has by viewing our 5-minute video here.


For Blue Ridge Food Ventures: Kathi Petersen, - 828-712-1286

For 105.9 the Mountain: Nikki Mitchell, - 828-210-8546