Hey Party Monsters! It’s time for Brews & Chews! So what tasty event, food, or booze will I be talking about today? Ladies and gentlemen, you might need to brace yourselves for this one.
Something magical and tasty is springing up for Spring in New Haven, Connecticut. Connecticut’s largest indoor festival will be celebrating two cornerstones of American heritage: Fermented grains & Salted meats. I think it’s an ideal way to kick off the end of a pretty harsh winter. I bring you Connecticut’s 1st Annual 4B Festival!
Craft BREWS, BACON, BOURBONS AND BARBECUE! Did you pass out yet? There will be some of the finest flavors from around the region to excite your taste buds (among other things) in the best way possible. There are no words that can express how excited I am for this event. To be honest, I might be extremely overwhelmed already. I will be attending 4B Festival followed by FUSION UNION: Not Your Mother’s Wedding Expo. Yes guys, it’s going to be an awesome day indeed.
The 4B Festival is already a smash hit! The event sold out so quickly that the organizers had to add a second session. So rad! With all of the ranting and raving on the internet about The 4B Festival, I only found it right to interview the founder David Salinas. Here is the transcript from my interview with the mastermind behind this brilliant festival.
What made you decide that now was the time for 4B Festival to take over the wonderful city of New Haven?
There’s no better time than the present. New Haven is as great of a city as any other major metro in our eyes and we are just trying to do our part to shine a light on the facts.
What are you hoping will come from the Festival?
First and foremost we hope people enjoy themselves. We’d love for this festival to be a regular staple in the region for years to come.
I am expecting this Festival will leave no corner in the world of beer, bourbon, bbq and bacon unturned. With that said, there are a lot of people living a gluten free life. Will there be gluten free options there?
We are doing our best to cover all of the bases. It’s really up to the vendors to bring options like that.
I am definitely a lady that loves the world of booze. Are you one with bourbon and beer? Also, what’s your favorite bourbon and beer?
I am a bourbon fan first and then beer. For bourbon my favorites right now are Colonel Taylor, Eagle Rare and Bookers. As we get into unicorns I would say Pappy Van Winkle or the Michter 20 year. I also love the Eagle Rare 17 year. As we get into beers, I am open to everything but super darks and stouts. They are a little too rich for my taste.
Something amazing that i’ve come to love the flavor of is chocolate covered bacon. It’s probably one of the most wonderful things that could happen to your mouth. Have you tried cooking bacon in beer or bourbon? How was it? Have you tried chocolate covered bacon?
I haven’t had or cooked bacon in beer or bourbon, but I have had bacon beer and bacon bourbon and they were both weirdly delicious. As far as bacon covered chocolate goes, all I can say is mhmm. Bacon anything is pretty much good in my book. My favorite to date was salted bacon caramels.
If a new superhero hit the streets and his name was “Captain Bourbon” what do you think his superpower would be?
I think he would be able to randomly produce American oak barrels that he would heave at villains.
Do you have any superpowers that you wish to share?
I’m pretty amazing at predicting movie and TV plots. Does that count?
There are so many people extremely excited about 4B Fest (myself included). I feel like it’s impossible for this not to be a massive explosion of positive energy and great fun. What are you hoping the city of New Haven gets from the 4B Fest? What experience do you want people to leave the fest with?
We are doing are the best to make sure this a positive energy-filled event. Wherever possible we are looking to add value, so people leave with smiles on their faces. We’ve been getting some grief about the limited tickets, which is disheartening. We sold out the first session in nine days and then added the second session to accommodate more people. One would have imagined that people would have bought tickets earlier, but after 40 days on sale, we sold out. We are doing our best now to add capacity if possible, but if it isn’t a possibility we hope people understand and buy earlier next year.
Needless to say, THIS WILL BE EPIC! Here is a link to some of the vendors that will be there. If you’re attending, then I would definitely check back to see what vendors will be serving up some deliciousness for your face unit. Tell the truth, how much is your mouth watering right now?