My Town Destination: Delphi IN, Carroll County IN
Trip Type: Weekend Trip- Special Event- Indiana Bacon Festival
Date of Visit: 8-25-18
Town Ambassador/Contact: Julia Leahy- Phone: 765-564-6757 Email: Julia@carrollcountychamber.com
Delphi Indiana’s Bacon Festival was a brain child of creative minds that saw an opportunity to highlight one of America’s favorite foods, bacon, with one of their very own local companies-Indiana Kitchen . This ingenious idea now includes events that are truly entertaining: Hog Calling Contest- (Yes its exactly what it sounds like), I was very excited to see a sweet little old lady yell her heart out to win! Other namesake events include Bacon Idol, and a Bacon Eating Contest (there is a pre-qualifying round, this is serious bacon eating)! All vendors at the festival are bacon related items, such as: Bacon ice cream, pizza, doughnuts, tacos, sliders, cookies, and a few of my favorites- bacon crack dip, and beef hot dogs topped with bacon jam!
The festival also boasts a brew garden and several concerts thoughout the day. This included popular bands like LAVA Rock ( a rock cover band), and the evening headliner Little Texas! Another highlight to take advantage of during the festival is the local gem the Delphi Opera House. Newly restored to its glory days, this beautiful building has shows year round, and hosts local and celebrity productions alike. The building houses beautiful architecture and original design for you to enjoy, in addition to seeing a great show during Baconfest. This year they presented the sold out Heywood Banks Comedy Show!
On the Square:
There are several great restaurants and shops to visit in downtown. The walk around the town boasts local shops and restaurants such as: The Urban Chique Boutique, Calico Plus and the local staple, The Sandwich Shop that has been in business over 70 years! Its next door neighbor The Brick and Mortar Pub offers a great bar, burgers and more, and don’t miss Stone House Restaurant and Bakery– another local favorite. Many of these restaurants/shops also have a tent on the main festival walking paths.
Where to Stay:
There are several unique places to stay in and around Delphi,and what makes the lodging unique is the history, like this Victorian Home. But the place I want to highlight is the Delphinium. The Delphinium, also known as the Seese House, is a beautiful historic home that has been converted into a bed and breakfast. Located on quiet West North Street, and surrounded by other historic homes, the Delphinium has all the charm and grandeur you could want in a historic home before you even walk in the door. The current owner is Beverly Seese, a relative of the original owners Dr. Robert and Ruth Seese. The Seese’s owned the property for 47 years before it went through the hands of several other owners, and just recently was acquired back into the Seese family.
Some of the highlights of the Delphinium include an amazing breakfast made by Beverly, a beautiful second floor deck and coffee nook, and history of visits to the area by John Whitcomb Riley (The Hoosier Poet).
You truly cannot miss a trip to the Indiana Bacon Festival in Delphi. Whether you live nearby, are passing though Indiana, or plan a trip , you will want to take advantage of this experience. The Indiana Bacon Festival is truly a remarkable event in the small town of Delphi. Mark your calendars for next year’s festival: August 24th, 2019 Destination Delphi!
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