Food festivals highlight bacon, beer and salsa 

click to enlarge Breweries will offer beers that pair well with bacon at the Bacon & Brew Festival in San Mateo on Saturday. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Breweries will offer beers that pair well with bacon at the Bacon & Brew Festival in San Mateo on Saturday.

Spin! Pizza has signed a franchising agreement to open five outposts in San Mateo County within the next seven years. Founded in 2005, Spin! currently has five locations around Kansas City and recently opened its first restaurant in Orange County. The Spin! founders and owners also launched the nationally successful Einstein Bros. Bagels chain of delis. Spin! is best known for preparing everything by hand in-house daily, from the three types of pizza crust to the mozzarella and blood-orange sangria. There's no word yet on exactly where and when you'll be seeing this Midwestern pizzeria opening on the Peninsula. Stay tuned.

San Mateo

Close out September in style with two fascinating food and drink festivals on the Peninsula on Saturday. From noon to 6 p.m. in Central Park is the San Mateo Bacon & Brew Festival. Yep, everyone's two favorite things in life pair up for an exciting afternoon. Local breweries, including Devil's Canyon and the new Warfighter in San Carlos, will provide the suds to pair with the likes of bacon baklava and bacon-wrapped scallops. In case you get tired of bacon (editor's note: not possible), several local restaurants, including Three and Claudia's Pastes & Empanadas, will also be on hand.

Central Park, Fifth Avenue and El Camino Real, San Mateo; (650) 401-2440, Admission is $10 and includes a free drink.

Redwood City

For those who prefer spice over swine, the sixth annual Redwood City Salsa Festival is being held in the city's Courthouse Square from noon to 8 p.m. A salsa tasting area is the festival's main focus, along with various salsa-themed competitions featuring amateur and professional chefs. Wash it all down at a tequila tasting and a craft brew tasting. The salsa theme also extends to music performed on the two stages.

Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City;

Palo Alto

You don't have to travel from University Avenue anymore for shrimp ceviche tostadas and tortas. Palo Alto's main drag now has a Mexican restaurant again: the new Sabrosa Taqueria. Tacos with an assortment of meat options such as grilled chicken and chorizo figure prominently on the menu, along with a carrot-pineapple-arugula salad or sizzling beef fajitas. Nachos and burritos fill out the rest of the offerings. Nearly everything outside of the fajitas is less than $8, a bargain rarity in these parts. Plus, in a nod to the Persian restaurant Thyme to Eat that used to be in the space, Sabrosa's making a "falafelrito" — a falafel burrito.

448 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 853-1450,

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