LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — If “everything is better with bacon” then things are going to be much better this weekend in Long Beach.

The Big Bite Bacon Festival kicks off this Saturday at the Queen Mary.

Dozens of local restaurants, chefs and vendors will be on hand, serving up imaginative bacon and pork-infused eats and craft beers for enthusiastic carnivores.

Chef Jay DiEugenio of the Bacon Mania food truck gave CBS2/KCAL9’s Amber Lee a preview of their award-winning bacon-wrapped mac and cheese balls.

Dessert lovers will have nothing to swine about; bakeries will have booths sure to satisfy visitors’ sweet-tooth.

There’s also talk of a cooking contest.

Head to the Pig Pen for some pig-themed fun or enjoy the rock, pop, reggae and disco stylings of the Radio Domingo band.

Organizers say last year’s event sold out and they encourage people to buy their tickets early. Tickets bought online range from $40 to $80. Entrance at the door is between $50 and $95. Kids under four years old get in free.

Visitors can savor the savory – and sweet – delights on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event runs Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cooks will fire up the grills and frying pans an hour early, on both days, for VIP members, who also have access to a private, shaded lounge, special tastings, a beer bar and a souvenir cup.

For more information visit the Big Bite Bacon Fest.

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