Admittedly, the drama with ticket sales is legitimate. The festival is hosted by EatBoston, a local outfit piloted by a few area connoisseurs and bacon/beer lovers. The Bacon and Beer festival successfully operates with thanks to local vendors who offer their samples of either bacon dishes (e.g., chocolate covered bacon), home-brewed draft from a local brewery, or a combination of the two. They also tend to offer promotions if you visit the restaurant at a later date. There really is no better way to spend your Saturday afternoon and the fact that your ticket proceeds go to two amazing charities, it is a philanthropic afternoon as well.
Tickets go on sale on the event page, here.