Beer & Bacon ‘Craziness’

Newark’s Grain kicks off tasty new festival Feb. 20

Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, the Main Street, Newark, gastropub that opened last summer to rave reviews, will host an inaugural Beer & Bacon Festival on Saturday, Feb. 20.
From 1-5 p.m., guests are invited to indulge in six of Executive Chef Bill Wallen’s bacon creations paired with six TBA beers.

“Chef is always coming up with dishes with bacon,” says Grain co-owner Lee Mikles. “One day we were talking about fun winter events in our weekly team meeting, and this event sprouted out of that.” Mikles says he hopes to make the festival an annual happening.

He says he’s most looking forward to the “bacon craziness” of Wallen, whose resume includes working alongside celebrity Chef Bobby Flay, helping him open his Burger Palaces in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

The $40 tickets, which include a souvenir pint glass, are selling quickly. As of press time, only 49 of the 100 tickets were available.

In addition to the B&B festival, Mikles says he plans to schedule themed events throughout the year, now that the restaurant has established itself as a local music purveyor and dining destination.

“I think having the festival right after Valentine’s Day is perfect,” he says. “It’s kind of an alternative to the wine and roses.”

Supplementing the menus will be live music by garage folk artist skribe, who will kick off his Northeast tour that day.

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