Bacon, bacon and more bacon.
That's the theme at the first-ever Maryland Bacon Festival, held this Saturday at Rash Field (noon-10 p.m.; $25; maylandbaconfestival.com). Evan Weinstein, partner at Steez Promo and J&E Food Events is behind the event, an idea he's been working on for the past year.
"I've been looking to get into food events for a while, I was kicking the idea around with [chef] Patrick Morrow from Ryleigh's Oyster and [marketing director] Chip Watkins who works for Flying Dog. Soon after, the opportunity arose to develop a concept around bacon festivals and I went for it," said Weinstein, 31, of Bay Ridge.
The event will feature 35-40 vendors, with a range of dishes from full-service restaurants to specialty items such as bacon cotton candy and bacon ice cream. There will also be bacon-eating contests, cooking competitions and demonstrations.
Weinstein took a break from planning an America Loves Bacon tour to discuss his favorite bacon dish, his dislike for Justin Bieber and more.
Worst pet peeve? People who don't hit "respond all" on emails.
What songs are you loving and hating right now? Loving anything by Flume, Disclosure, or Hot Since 82. I don't hate any music.
Last concert you went to? Just hit weekend one of Coachella.
Your worst habit? Eating candy.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Justin Bieber.
Last movie you liked and last you disliked? Just saw "Noah"; that was intense. Darren Aronofsky is a great director. The movie "Identity Thief" ... every time I see the title listed on demand I cringe at its existence.
TV shows you can't get enough of? I'm just about halfway through "Dexter." Also, "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" are on my list. I don't really have time to watch much else TV.
Favorite and least favorite fashion statement? Tight jeans — favorite. Neon clothing — least favorite.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Rye or Woodberry Kitchen.
Best advice you ever got? Quitting is never an option.
Last great meal you had? I ate at Paiche at Los Angeles. It was epic, Japanese/Peruvian fusion.
Favorite bacon dish? Ryleigh's smoked pork belly is up there. I also love street meat and the bacon-wrapped hot dogs outside every L.A. nightclub is always a good drunken choice.
AS TOLD TO CASSIDY STERLING