The second Annual BaconFest Naples was a complete success thanks to organizers from the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay. With more than five thousand bacon-lovers in attendance, Director of Operations, Guy Clarke, could not be happier.
“We wanted BaconFest to be more than just a foodie or charity event,” Clarke said. “It was a complete community experience. Aside from the obvious bacon-y goodness, we also had live tigers, rock walls, music and a crazy bacon eating contest. It was pure family fun.”
Although the exact total has not yet been released, Clarke says that the proceeds, which will be donated to various local charities that aid in feeding children in Southwest Florida, are substantial. With each general admission ticket raking in $15 a pop, as well as ticket prices for the bacon itself bringing in typically no more than $3, Clarke says the Kiwanis Club is very pleased with the outcome.
“A lot of vendors had record sales numbers here as compared to the other foodie festivals they’ve worked at in Southwest Florida,” Clarke said. “We already have upward of ten vendors committed for next year’s event which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.”
BaconFest is a volunteer-based event through the Kiwanis Club that is used as the organization’s primary fundraiser each year. However, without the help of locals in the community, the festival would not be possible. On event day, there were approximately 125 volunteers running the show, more than 100 of which were from the St. Matthew’s House and from local community members.
“This is the second year they’ve sent a huge number of volunteers to help us and I can’t even emphasize how grateful we are for the help,” Clarke said. “Everything went wonderfully again, there were no major problems or isssues and everyone had a great time. I would definitely like to thank the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance as well. Without them, our event would not have been as wonderful as it was. Those guys are amazing.”
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