Food & Drink

BACONFEST Celebrates International Bacon Day at The Fanwood Grille on Sat., Sept. 2

BACONFEST at The Fanwood Grille takes place on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
Makin' Bacon at The Fanwood Grille.
Lance Glinn of Edison samples Paul's Candy Bacon. Credits: John Mooney
Bacon ice cream - only at The Fanwood Grille and Rocko's Ice Cream on Saturday, Sept. 2 Credits: John Mooney
The Fanwood Grille, 34 South Martine Ave., in downtown Fanwood.

FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Grille (34 So. Martine Ave.) is bringing BACONFEST to downtown Fanwood on Saturday, Sept. 2, in celebration of International Bacon Day. For one day only, the eatery will feature a variety of bacon-inspired items, including bacon cheeseburgers, deep fried tempura bacon, and bourbon bacon bites.

According to, in Roman times, bacon was eaten not only at breakfast, but also at dinner.  It was popular because it was inexpensive, easy to cook, and very tasty. From Rome, it spread to Germany, where it was known as “Bak,” and eventually as “bacoun.”

Bacon made its way to the Americas when Hernando de Soto brought 13 pigs to the Americas in 1539. (Within three years he had a herd of 700.) Over the years, the popularity of bacon continued to grow. In 1924, Oscar Meyer applied for and received a patent for packaged, sliced bacon and began selling it to the American public. Over $4 billion dollars of bacon was sold in 2014, and sales continue to increase. Bacon is now considered one of the most popular foods in America and across the globe.

Sign Up for E-News

The Fanwood Grille’s BACONFEST menu for Saturday, Sept. 2:

  • Bacon and Cheddar Omelet (served with home fries and a biscuit): $8
  • Bacon-wrapped, foot-long Fanwood Grille Dog with frizzled onions and aioli mayonnaise (served with Jersey Shore fries): $8
  • Bacon Cheeseburger (served with Jersey Shore fries): $10
  • Grilled Chicken House Salad with Crumbled Bacon: $9
  • Cobb Salad with Crumbled Bacon: $9
  • Loaded Potato Salad (with chopped eggs, onions, and crumbled bacon): $4
  • Tempura Bacon (batter-dipped, deep fried bacon drizzled with Teriyaki sauce): $5
  • Bourbon Bacon Bites: $5
  • Paul’s Candy Bacon (pecan-smoked bacon baked in brown sugar and black pepper): $5
  • Bacon Ice Cream: $2

“BACONFEST is a must,” said Matt Russomanno, 19, of Cranford. “I’m definitely coming back to The Fanwood Grille for it.”

Fun Facts about Bacon

  • 53% of American homes keep bacon on hand at all times
  • New York and L.A. America's consumers of bacon
  • The average American eats 18 lbs. of bacon a year
  • A 250 lb. pig will yield approximately 23 pounds of bacon

The Fanwood Grille 
34 So. Martine Ave.
Fanwood, NJ 07023
(908) 322-9500

Editor’s Note: TAPintoSPF owner John Mooney is an owner of The Fanwood Grille.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Driver Escapes Icy Waters After Car Goes Off GSP Near Clark-Cranford Border

March 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ – A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm.

According to Clark’s Chief of Police Pedro Matos, the car’s driver managed to escape the water. Divers went in to the river and determined the car to be empty. The sole occupant was ...

Staying On Top

Some people are bulldozers. They move mountains, conquer countries, achieve the seemingly impossible. But then when there are no more mountains to climb, they falter. Routines, maintenance and sustainability are not their strong points. They respond to excitement and challenge, not to the uneventful, monotonous daily grind.

The title word of this week's Parshah, Tzav, means ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Instant Pot Cookery: 9 Things You Need to Know, 3 Recipes You Will Enjoy

March 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Instant Pot – a programmable pressure cooker – is the latest kitchen trend! 

Whether you have one already but aren’t sure how to make the most of it, or you’re just curious if it lives up to the hype, this April 19th event at Scotch Plains Public Library is for you.

Food blogger Valerie Gray (From Val’s Kitchen) will show us how to ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, March 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Rescue, Berkeley Heights

Dog Adoption Event



Sun, March 25, 1:00 PM

Westfield Tennis Club, Westfield

Westfield Tennis Club Summer Youth Program Open ...