Second annual Bacon Jam planned for Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — The city’s premier bacon and music festival, Bacon Jam, will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion.

Now entering its second year, Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings said Bacon Jam will be bigger and better than last year, featuring even more bacon.

“It was really well received last year,” Jennings said on Wednesday. “This year we have more food vendors so there will be much more bacon options than last year.”

Food vendors this year include Brett’s Fried, Dolan’s Dogs & More, Euro Delicacies, The Hungry Traveler, Lynn & Walt’s Walk-up Wagon, Mendetta’s Pizzeria & Bakery, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Old Man Jenkins’ Grub Hub, Pug Dog Cafe, Slate Valley Farms, Smokin’ Hogg’s BBQ and Vashti’s Kitchen Delights.

“The enthusiasm that the food vendors have over last year has really grown. I’ve had food vendors tell me about what they’ve been imagining, this year there will be really creative bacon options,” Jennings said.

Bacon creations from vendors this year will include bacon on a stick, caramel apples with bacon bits, maple bacon bars, deep fried hot dogs wrapped with bacon, bacon french fries and bacon pizza, to name a few.

Jennings said the popular bacon on a stick with pumpkin spice or maple flavored cotton candy will be back again this year in larger quantities to hopefully meet the surging demand that caused it to quickly sell out last year.

Other vendors are Buddy Balms, Capital City Coffee Roasters, Denique Vintage Designs and Devil Dave’s Bloody Mary Sticks.

Event attendees can quench their bacon fueled thirst again this year in the beer garden featuring a variety of beers and hard ciders from Nine Pin Cider Works, Rare Form Brewing, RS Taylor & Sons and Stump City Brewing.

There is a $5 cover charge to enter the beer garden, with beverages purchased for an additional cost.

Jennings said the beer garden was the most popular attraction last year and she anticipates it will be again with the in state and locally produced craft beverages.

To bring the jam to the bacon, the event will feature live musical performances by Craic Agus Ceol, Michelle King, Our Secret Love Society and The Insolent Willies.

“It’s music that everybody’s going to love,” Jennings said.

Jennings encouraged Bacon Jammers to bring their lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the four solid hours of live music that is sponsored this year by Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

“I’m very appreciative of [FMCC] coming in and being such a major part of the event this year,” Jennings said.

FMCC will be one of several community organizations participating in Saturday’s event and Jennings was effusive about the fact that the school will have student volunteers on hand.

“It’s been a great partnership with FMCC bringing students downtown, those folks can have a real transformative impact,” Jennings said.

Additional participating community organizations are the Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement District, the Glove Theatre, the Gloversville Public Library, the Gloversville Senior Center and The Leader-Herald.

Again this year Artist in Residence Nicolina Schonfarber will be conducting a community art project for children and adults to participate in.

During the previous year’s Bacon Jam, Schonfarber asked attendees to complete a fill-in-the-blank story describing what they imagine Gloversville to be through words and illustrations.

Schonfarber collected the responses, organizing the ideas and images into a window mural titled “Re-Imagine Gloversville” that was installed in the storefront window of the Carriage House on North Main Street in March.

On Saturday, Schonfarber will ask area residents to loosen their hands and minds once more for an art project focusing on rooting oneself in where you’re from. The responses will be incorporated into a public art installation later this year.

Bringing people downtown to connect area residents with the city and each other was Jennings’ primary goal in creating the calendar of spring and summer community events that culminates in Bacon Jam’s savory, musical send off to summer.

“We’ve had a really full season of events and this is really that great, fun capstone event to bid goodbye to the warm weather,” Jennings said. “It’s open to the whole community, it’s free, it’s a fun day out, Saturday is going to be absolutely gorgeous and it’s just a really fun, unique thing for neighbors and the community to participate in.”

“It’s going to be a crazy bacon day,” she added.

Bacon Jam will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion located between Elm and Bleecker Streets. The event is free to attend.

The event’s layout spans the parking lot surrounding the Farmers Market Pavilion and a small portion of Elm Street will be closed to traffic to allow safe pedestrian access. Public parking will be accessible along Elm and Bleecker streets.

Bacon Jam’s major sponsors include Fage USA, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, The Leader-Herald, North Country Ecological Services and WENT Radio.

Supporting business sponsors include Anthony Casale-Attorney at Law, John and Sunday Blackmon, Brown’s Ford of Johnstown, S&G Moving and Storage, Ricmar Printing and Ruby & Quiri. Local Supporters include Dr. John Fox and Kinderhook Bank.