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First Bacon & Brews festival coming to downtown Aiken on Friday

March 15, 2018 GMT

A new festival featuring a popular cured pork product and beer is coming to downtown Aiken this Friday.

Aiken’s Bacon & Brews will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Newberry Festival Center, near The Alley.

The Kiwanis Club of Aiken, which is the organizer of the event, is asking asking vendors to sell at least one item with bacon in it.

“It could be an appetizer, it could be a main dish or it could be a dessert,” said Brad Lewis, who is the chairman of Bacon & Brews’ Marketing and Communications Committee.

The Kiwanis Club will be serving beer and wine at Bacon & Brews. There won’t be a charge for admission, but attendees will need to buy $5 tokens to use to purchase the beverages.

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The Columbia-based rock band Tokyo Joe will perform.

Bacon & Brews will be a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club.

The proceeds will go into the organization’s service account, Lewis said, and the money mainly will be used to support the club’s youth leadership programs at local schools.

Bacon & Brews is scheduled for the night before St. Patrick’s Day and the 76th running of the Aiken Trials at the Aiken Training Track.

“We didn’t want to compete with a lot of other festivals, and the Newberry Festival Center was available then,” said Lewis of the date’s selection. “We also figured it would be a good time because some of the people who come in for the Trials are looking for something to do on Friday night. We hope to do some dual marketing with the Trials so we can help promote each other.”

For more information, visit aikenkiwanisclub.org.

According to the website, the Kiwanis Club is expecting the inaugural Bacon & Brews festival to attract 3,000 to 3,500 people.

Want to go?

WHAT: Aiken’s Bacon & Brews

WHEN: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Newberry Street Festival Center in downtown Aiken

COST: Admission is free, but $5 tokens will be required to purchase beverages

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit aikenkiwanisclub.org.