Be still my bacon loving heart! Could it be? Is it true? Will Binghamton be host to a bacon and cheese festival? The answer would be yes! Those who know me know that cheese, bacon and coffee are three of my biggest loves in life and a festival for two out of the three isn't bad at all!

The Binghamton Bacon and Cheese Fest will be held on Saturday June 7th from 12pm-3pm at the Broome County Fairgrounds in Whitney Point.

You'll enjoy cooking and eating contests, cheese and bacon related merchandise sales, adult beverages for those over 21-years-old, entertainment and so much more for just $5 with kids 12 and younger free!

I was thinking about going to the upcoming bacon fest in Philly in May, but changed my mind when I saw that admission was $75. I've never paid that much to get into a festival and never will. $5 is much more reasonable and while our festival might be a little smaller, at least it's local and will benefit local people.

I really hope someone there will sell chocolate covered bacon. I promise you that it's the perfect marriage of sweet and salty that'll leave you craving more after just one piece. And I hope someone else will sell fried cheese curds. When I lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, there was an Amish place that sold fried cheese curds. Seriously- my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

You can learn more about the Bacon and Cheese Festival here and if all this bacon talk has got you hungry, check out some of my favorite recipes that call for bacon:

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken
Simmered Leeks with Bacon
Steakhouse Green Beans with Bacon
Southern Fried Cabbage with Mushrooms, Onions and Bacon
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Pickles
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Bacon Wrapped BBQ Franks