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To 2015's summer specials, add Baconfest.
There will be bacon in all its versatile glory as the centerpiece of the weekend event slated for July 17, 18 and 19 at the Plattduetsche Biergarten in Franklin Square. The festivities start at 3 p.m. on Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, there will be beer, too. And one of them will be, yes, a bacon beer made by the Long Ireland Beer Co. of Riverhead, which also brews the fruity and hoppy Kolsch beer for Plattduetsche.
There's no cover charge to attend Baconfest. Food, beer and merchandise will be available for sale. Both the Biergarten and the Brathaus will be venues.
The menu includes a pork belly burger with bacon lettuce and tomato plus bacon aioli ($14); two links of bacon-Cheddar bratwurst with sauerkraut and German potato salad ($14); a bacon Reuben sandwich ($12); barbecued pulled pork capped with bacon bits, on a corn muffin with kohlrabi slaw ($14); six pepper-crusted bacon strips with Carolina-style barbecue and Vermont maple syrup dipping sauces ($8), and potato pancakes with bacon strips and lingonberries ($7).
You also may buy chicken fingers and fries ($8) and a 10-inch Bavarian pretzel ($9).
Plattduetsche Biergarten and Brathaus are at the Plattduetsche Park restaurant site, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131.