Food & Drink

It’s beer, boats and bacon on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park

The Beer, Boats and Bacon Festival returns to Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday.
The Beer, Boats and Bacon Festival returns to Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday. Herald file photo

This weekend, it’s all about the beer, boats and bacon at Nathan Benderson Park.

A general entry ticket to the event is $10 (plus fees) and will get you admission into the park, but no beer is included – you’re on your own for buying beverages with this ticket.

There’s no fun in that, so I suggest springing for the $30 (plus fees) beer sampling ticket, which gets you unlimited beer samples. Food is available for a separate purchase price with both types of ticket.

For more details on the event, including start times and start times for beer sampling (they’re different) visit

The day-of price for both tickets go up by $5, so order your tickets online now at

Children’s admission (because, hey, kids like bacon, too) is $5, regarless of whether a ticket is purchased ahead of time or on the day of the festival.

Food vendors include The Ranch Grill, Jolly Porker, Nico’s Kitchen, Cedar Reef Fish Camp, Nawty Hogg, My Cupcake Insanity, Sonny’s BBQ, Carmel, The Ravenous Rhino, Polpo Pizza Co., TK Grill, Green Apple Catering, Craving Donuts, Poppo’s Taqueria, Daily Eats, Square 1 and Seasons 52. Event organizers promise more than 60 craft beers.

If you want to do something athletic to offset the beer and bacon, that’s where the boats come in (for the kids, anyway). Learn-to-row races will be offered as well as exhibition races.

One piece of advice: I went to the festival last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, but remember Nathan Benderson Park is an open area without a lot of shade. Seating spaces under tents filled up fast, so I recommend wearing a hat and bringing an umbrella and a blanket to sit on as well as plenty of sunscreen.

Janelle O’Dea: 941-745-7095, @jayohday