OK, you have a tough choice this weekend: Will it be beer and bacon, or vegan food and the Tofurky Trot?
The beer and bacon fans can head to third annual Beer and Bacon Festival on Saturday at Island Park in Williamsville.
The vegans in the family will have to wait until Sunday for the Western New York Vegfest in Delaware Park.
One thing both events have in common, though, is they will both benefit charities.
And perhaps consuming large amounts of bacon and locally brewed beer can be guiltless if you know you’re going vegan the next day.
The Beer and Bacon Festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in Island Park, Williamsville. Admission to the festival is $5. Admission to the beer tasting is $30 online ahead of time, $40 at the door. The event, sponsored by Engineered Events LLC, will support Traci’s Hope – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people diagnosed with breast cancer – and Team RWB, a nonprofit national organization that helps connect veterans to their communities.
Here’s a look at some of the menu items, from participating local restaurants and food trucks, including Apple Wood Cafe, J&L BBQ, Pizza Amore, the Great Foodini, FallyMac, Village Sweet Shoppe and Sweet Hearth Food Truck:
• Nutella and bacon pizza
• Crawfish mac and cheese with bacon
• Bacon and beef meatballs
• Roasted and smoked rotisserie hog
• Bacon-wrapped shrimp
• Bacon chocolate
• Bacon peanut butter cups
• Bacon toffee crunch atop an ice cream sundae
There will also be more traditional plates, like bacon cheeseburgers, BLTs, cheese fries and bacon-potato salad.
Patrons can sample beer and hard cider from Flying Bison Brewing Co., Ithaca Beer Co., McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Saranac Brewery, Community Beer Works, Southern Tier Brewing Co., Pearl Street Brewery, CB Brewing Co., Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Co., Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery and other local vendors.
Attendees can buy a craft beer-tasting ticket to sample up to 20 craft beers. Tickets are available online before the event for $30 or at the door for $40. General admission is $5.
Those participating in the new Beer & Bacon 5000 (5k) run can purchase one of three different ticket packages.
If vegetables are your thing, Vegfest – admission is free – kicks off with an 11 a.m. Sunday 5k run/walk, called the Tofurky Trot, at Delaware Park Marcy Casino. The court is wheelchair-, stroller- and dog-friendly, and offers prizes in first, second and third place, age group and best costume.
It’s the first Tofurky Trot east of the Mississippi River.
Vegan treats and drinks will be offered at the finish line, and festivities will include live music and performances, speakers, vendors and exhibitors, animals for adoption and more.
Race participants may purchase tickets online beforehand at $25 for adults, $12.50 for attendees younger than 18 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets on-site are $30 for adults, $15 for attendees younger than 18 and free for children ages 5 and younger.
All proceeds will benefit Asha Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary, animal rescue and rights advocacy organizations.
Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated there was a fee for attending VegFest. Admission is free.