SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
This is just amazing," said Brett McCarthy, Culinary Director at WITT. "This smell is just, you can just feel the bacon running through your veins."
The smell of bacon rose over downtown Sioux City on Saturday.
From fried dough bacon and brown sugar to smoked bacon wrapped chicken fingers, The inaugural event truly sizzled as more than 100 people bought pre-sale tickets.
As bacon lovers pile onto Pearl Street, it didn't take long for them to pig out.
"I am absolutely excited to be here and can't wait to try all the different kinds of bacon," said Mike Stark, a Baconfest attendee.
The festival was full of taste.
“It's a maple bacon funnel cake and you can really taste the bacon in it," said Robert Richter, Baconfest attendee.
Some Siouxlanders veered away from traditional entrees and went for some unique combinations.
"I've got a bacon bloody marry, they've infused it with bacon flavored spirits and their spicy bloody marry mix, it's absolutely amazing, said " Seth Reimer., a Baconfest participant.
Saturday is more than just an opportunity for the community to spend the afternoon together. Attendees of the event are truly chowing down for a cause.
Today's event aims to raise money for the Siouxland Habitat for Humanity.
"There's a great need for affordable housing," said Katie Roberts, Executive Director for the Siouxland Habitat for Humanity. "We have a lot of people who come to us who are hard working families, they're just looking for that hand up in order to say I want to work toward my house. I'm not asking for a handout, I just need help getting their."
Since launching in Sioux City back in 1992, Habitat has helped 50 families find new homes
Organizers say they hope around 500 people attend Saturday's event, and are aiming to raise $15,000.