Baconfest offers treats from Rock City Pies and Gord’s Canadian Bacon

Bacon, that most fabulous of foods. Would breakfast really be breakfast without bacon? And lunch—who doesn’t love a BLT, or a couple strips atop a burger or chicken sandwich? Dinner—got you covered. Anything you want to cook comes out delicious wrapped in bacon. Case in point—scallops, shrimp, steak.

Which brings us to BACONFEST, June 2 at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. The event is already sold out, so if you’re lucky enough to have your hands on a ticket, here’s a couple treats in store.

Gord’s Canadian Bacon

Everyone likes bacon for breakfast, but I admit, it’s probably not the healthiest thing if eaten in mass quantities. For a change, why not try some Gord’s Canadian Peameal Bacon?

Canadian bacon has as much fat as a skinless chicken breast. It also packs a great protein punch which will keep you energized until lunch. Gord’s offers thick slices that you can toss on the grill for a super flavorful change to your morning routine. Just a couple minutes on each side and you’re good to go. Pan preparation is fine too, just don’t overcook!

Gord’s also offers Canadian Bacon roasts. Set the roast in a pan with a half inch of dark beer, cover with foil and bake at 350 for about an hour. Allow to rest and then slice. This was delicious. I used Guinness Stout and the flavor of the beer came shining through to nicely compliment the meat.

Bacon also makes a swell dessert. There will be several options at Baconfest, but one I’m really looking forward to is the selection from Rock City Pies.

Rock City Pies

Nikita Santches, chef/owner of Rock City Pies, serves up some not-so-traditional pie at Ferndale’s Rust Belt Market every weekend. A self-trained chef, Nikita spends his days as a caterer. Pies kind of happened by accident—an incredibly tasty accident. Later this year, Nikita will open a new restaurant in Downtown Detroit, serving up American fare with a creative twist—just like his pies.

I had the pleasure of sampling a couple slices recently. The Red Velvet is a creamy rich cheesecake with that red velvet sort of not quite chocolate flavor. Love the crust! But the pie that I’m most looking forward to a second helping of is the Whiskey Smoked Apple. Yes, you read that correctly. We’re talking layers of flavors here. I got some big, fresh apple flavor in the first bite, with just a hint of whiskey on the finish. Next bite, I got smokiness and a whiskey finish. Third bite, it sort of all came together and before I knew what was happening, my pie was gone. Note to self—get two slices next time.

At Baconfest, you can sample: Apple + Bacon Caramel; Elvis = Banana + Peanut Butter + Bacon; and Sweet Potato + Maple + Bacon (this just sounds incredible to me).

See you at Baconfest!

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David Moss is a writer, marketer, and seasoned foodie with a taste for all types of cuisine. After toiling for several years in the restaurant industry (cooking, waiting tables, bartending, eating) and considering a career as a professional chef, David switched gears to attend Wayne State University and receive a degree in journalism and public relations. As a marketing professional in the non-profit industry, David has experience in Public Relations, Social Media, Grant Writing and Donor Development. But let’s get back to food. When not at his day job, David explores the Detroit area’s best (and sometimes not so best) spots for food, drink and value. He’s part of Yelp’s Elite Squad, and regularly tweets about food, wine and craft beer. You can find him on twitter at @dave_moss.