FORT WAYNE – There are losses that sting, and there are cuts that leave permanent scars.
But nothing hurts like the loss of bacon.
Baconfest was to be a fundraiser for the Friends of the Parks of Allen County, held this evening at Headwaters Park.
But it was to have been so much more than that: It was to be three hours of bacon treats created by restaurant chefs from across the city. It was to be bacon cheesecake, bacon pizza, bacon-wrapped dates and bacon soup. No, that's not a typo.
But it is not to be – at least not tonight.
Parks officials notified the media Monday morning that Baconfest – and it hurts to even type this – has been canceled.
The message on the Friends of the Parks' Facebook page was stark: “Due to several issues and logistical problems with the event we will have to move The Summit City Baconfest to a date later this fall.”
Friends of the Parks' Edward Welling said organizers weren't able to get everything done before the event. A bacon extravaganza of this magnitude, after all, doesn't come together on its own.
“We just didn't have time to get all the details worked out,” Welling said. “With all volunteers, we just couldn't get it pulled together in time.”
That means no bacon peppers stuffed with feta. That means no bacon mac and cheese.
It means no bacon, people.
“Ticket sales weren't as strong as we had hoped, but we didn't really have time to get the word out, either,” Welling said. “There was just a lot more work there than we thought.”
But there is hope: Welling said Baconfest will happen in the fall, it's just a matter of getting a date worked out. Money will be raised for the Friends of the Parks, and bacon will be consumed in astonishing quantities.
It may be a very long summer.