ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Beer and bacon will be bringing a little bump the local economy this weekend.
The Beer and Bacon Festival is back in Anchorage. It's the fourth year of the festival, which will take place Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lakefront Anchorage, right off Lake Hood.
"It's ridiculously fun," said Carol Fraser, Lakefront Hotel General Manager. "We start at one, but there's a line to get in at noon. People are so excited about bacon. So excited."
Fraser said she and her team have been working on this year's festival for the last six months, and that she's ecstatic for this weekend's event.
"We're totally ecstatic about Saturday," she said. "It's a celebration of small businesses in Alaska."
There will be dozens of local beer and bacon vendors, live entertainment, and a contest for the best beer and bacon dishes. Grand prize winners will take home $1,000.
"It's important for us to have this event," Fraser said. "It's kind of a showcase of small businesses her. There's every restaurant chain in Alaska, but this is just locals coming together and celebrating what they do best."
And of course, don't forget the bacon eating contest. The winner will be crowned by Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey as Bacon King or Queen of Anchorage.
"It's awesome and grotesque at the same time," Fraser said, "watching people shove 50 pieces of bacon in their mouth. It's cool. The whole crowd stops what they're doing. Hundreds of people come over and just chant 'Bacon, Bacon!'"
Tickets cost $40 and include drink tickets, a commemorative glass and entries for a number of prizes. Check out registration here.