beer.JPGPork lovers can make Caltrain and SamTrans part of their journey this weekend to the Bacon & Brew Festival at San Mateo’s Central Park.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, festival-goers can enjoy a variety of bacon fare, food trucks, craft brew tasting, a root beer garden, live music, a children’s zone, and artisans & crafts.

General admission for the festival is $10. Presented by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, proceeds from the event benefit Samaritan House. To purchase tickets, visit

With a variety of public transit options in the Peninsula, attendees looking for an easy trip to downtown San Mateo have many choices available to them. SamTrans Route ECR provides service to the event site at El Camino Real and 5th Avenue, and attendees can also take Caltrain to the San Mateo Station to get to the festival.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased at station ticket machines. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

For more information about SamTrans or Caltrain routes and fares, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448), or visit or


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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