Yes, bacon is everywhere these days. You’ll have a hard time escaping the scent of bacon flowing through Inman Park this weekend. Why should you care? Without a doubt, Baconfest was one of my favorite events in Atlanta last year, I had a great time. Baconfest benefits Dad’s Garage Theatre, and the event is not a fad – this is the 11th year of the festival.

Live bands, improv everywhere you look, and of course plenty of bacon and beer. This year, the high gravity beer goes local with Wild Heaven (Ode to Mercy is one of my favorite beers, and not just because there’s coffee in it) other local sponsors include my favorites Condesa Coffee and The King of Pops. It goes without saying that it’s a tough year for fundraisers for the arts in Atlanta, and Dad’s Garage is a local treasure. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got up their sleeves this year. I’ll shut up and let the photos do the talking. Check last year’s post for additional photos.

Dad’s Garage is offering three ticket options for the 2011 BaconFest:

– Portioned Porking ($25 online, $35 phone/door): Admission to the festival, a fistful of game tickets, and three cups full of beer, bacon or both.

– Bottomless Bacon ($50 online, $60 phone/door): Admission to the festival, unlimited game playing, and unlimited beer and bacon.

– Go Whole Hog!: Still not enough swine? For $50 more, attendees can upgrade from ‘Bottomless Bacon’ and ham it up with some serious style by getting access to whole pig roasted to perfection by P’cheen, several kegs of delicious high gravity beer courtesy of Wild Haven Craft Beers, and some exotically flavored bacon. Whole Hoggers also get a special bacon bib to keep the cracklins off their shirts!

BaconFest will held outside in the parking lots of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C-101. The event will be held no matter rain or shine for ages 21 and up. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. For more information, directions or to purchase tickets visit www.dadsgarage.com or call 404.523.3141.