Worth the Trip: Annual Bacon and Beer Festival in Collingswood

How many different ways can you cook bacon? Crossroads Programs hopes to answer that question at the 2015 South Jersey Bacon and Beer Festival!

The popular event will take place on August 20 at the Grand Ballroom of the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, and is Crossroads Programs' most successful fundraising event.

This year, over a dozen restaurants will create a delectable assortment of dishes with only one required ingredient: bacon.

"Aside from that, the chefs can use their imagination ... and they do," said CEO Michael Snyder. "We can't wait to see what's on the menu this year."

The 2014 Bacon and Beer Festival featured bacon as a major component of pasta, chowder and even doughnuts, as well as an infusion in bloody marys.

Crossroads Programs will give out awards to the best bacon dish and best beer, as decided by a popular vote. Fifteen different restaurants will be putting their own spin on the breakfast treat, while 11 breweries will offer craft beer tastings.

Donors call months in advance to get tickets, which help fund the nonprofit Snyder runs. Crossroads Programs runs homeless shelters for teens and has developed an extensive network of foster parents. The Bacon and Beer Festival is one of the organizations biggest fundraisers.

Tickets for the festival are $37.50 and available online.

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