CURED Central Virginia Bacon Festival returns to Charlottesville Saturday, July 21

cured bacon festivalBacon lovers, rejoice! The CURED Bacon Festival and Chef’s Competition will return to Charlottesville’s Sprint Pavilion on Saturday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. Celebrating Charlottesville’s thriving local food scene, CURED will feature local music, local beer and wine with an emphasis on participating area restaurants’ unique bacon-themed tasting plates. Featured restaurants will be announced soon.

“We are proud to be bringing back this locally-focused, food event to the Downtown Mall,” said Sprint Pavilion General Manager Kirby Hutto. “We have such a great group of local chefs and locally owned restaurants and it is fun to bring them all together for some friendly competition that benefits a great local non-profit.  We expect this festival to be one of the highlights of the summer at the Sprint Pavilion.”

Ticket Information

General Admission and VIP tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Visitor Center on the downtown mall. General Admission tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of event. There will be a limited number of Early Bird tickets available for $30 for those who purchase by June 15. Admission includes a free tasting from each participating restaurant and one voting ballot for the CURED Cup. Each restaurant will also be selling full servings of their offering.

VIP tickets are $75 (limited availability, must be 21 or older). VIP admission includes early entry at Noon, access to the VIP area on the stage, special VIP only tastings, talks by bacon experts, two beer or wine tickets and two CURED Cup ballots. The VIP area will feature seating and access to luxury VIP-only restrooms.

Vote to Benefit the Local Food Hub

Following their tastings, patrons can vote for their favorite restaurant by placing a ballot in that restaurant’s ballot box. One voting ballot is included with admission, and additional ballots can be purchased on site. VIP admission includes two voting ballots. Votes are $1 each, and the winning restaurant will be awarded the CURED Cup.

All proceeds from the balloting will benefit the Local Food Hub in Charlottesville, a nonprofit organization that provides access to nutritious, locally farm-sourced food with the vision that knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community, and that small farms have a strong economic foothold in the marketplace.

For more information on the CURED: Central Virginia Bacon Festival, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @CuredFest.

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