Bacon & Beer Fest coming to Cranston

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What pairs better than bacon and beer?

On July 16 in the parking lot of Cranston Print Works at 1381 Cranston St. in Cranston, the third annual Bacon & Beer Fest will be celebrating both of these delicacies.

The event is being once again put on by the organizations Beervana Fest and RI Food Fights. There will be live music along with bacon-inspired dishes from local restaurants and offerings from local breweries.

This year will mark the event’s first in Cranston. It was previously held in the courtyard of The Steel Yard in Providence.

“Moving away from The Steel Yard, even temporarily, was a bit of a struggle,” RI Food Fights founder Jim Nellis said. “Their team handles a great deal of the permitting and paperwork involved with the city. It’s kind of plug-and-play over there in that we create the gathering and they offer the amazing space to execute. We are super grateful to the city of Cranston for being so supportive and proactive in helping us organize our event. Cranston is pro-business.”

Supplying the live music will be Newport surf-shredding power trio The Z-Boys, featuring local music scene veterans guitarist Greg Burgess, drummer Ziggy Coffey and bassist Amato Zinno.

“I met Ziggy and Greg around the same time in the summer of 2013,” Zinno said of how the band started. “I was offered a weekly gig and had the idea to get us all together. From there, we just kept it rolling, starting with some gigs at Pour Judgement in Newport, then our first weekly gig at Hope in Newport, and now with a weekly at Perro and gigs around Rhode Island and New England.”

Of the Bacon & Beer Fest, Zinno said: “I love getting to play outside in the summer, and we are expecting a big crowd for this event.”

With the Cranston Print Works’ parking lot being a smaller space, fewer tickets will be sold while in an effort is made to maintain the same atmosphere as prior editions of the festival.

“This year, the partners decided to make the festival bigger by making it smaller,” Nellis said. “We are selling 20 percent less tickets while maintaining the same number of restaurants and craft breweries participating.”

The third annual Bacon & Beer Festival will be held from 2-5 p.m., and organizers expect a sellout. Early bird tickets cost $49 and may be purchased at BaconAndBeerFest.com. Tickets at the entrance will cost $59.

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