Star City BaconFest returned to the Capital City for its fifth year in April, with well over 600 bacon enthusiasts enjoying gourmet treats served up by leading Lincoln-area restaurants at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.
The annual event, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) and the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA), benefits culinary students in Nebraska and provides over $5,000 in scholarships through the NRA's Hospitality Education Foundation.
“Bacon-based creations from the Lincoln area’s talented chefs wowed the BaconFest crowd,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the Nebraska Restaurant Association. “And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the chefs.”
Jane Stone, the NPPA’s domestic marketing director, agreed.
“Hats off to our participating chefs,” she said. “Everything was delicious. Our industry loves this event, because not only do we get to showcase bacon, one of our most popular pork products, but we hope it also provides a farm-to-table connection for our urban consumers.”
BaconFest-goers were asked to vote for their favorite treats again this year. Winners were:
• First place: Brewsky’s for its Sweet & Spicy Sliders – seasoned slow-smoked pork injected with apple cider and topped with Granny Smith apple coleslaw, diced candied jalapeno bacon and a raspberry bullet bourbon jam;
• Second place: Hurts Donuts for its Mini Maple Bacon Long John; and
• Third place: Smoking Gun Jerky for its Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Bacon, Maple & Cracked Black Pepper and Hawaiian Jerky.
Participating vendors included 9 South Char Grill, Brewsky's, HiWay Diner, The Single Barrel/Mulberry BBQ, HopCat, McKinney's Irish Pub, The Eatery, Ashland Country Club, Rodizio Grill, Lazlo's Brewery & Grill/Fireworks, Hurts Donuts, Screamers Dining & Cabaret, Billy's Restaurant, Smoking Gun Jerky, Hormel, Buzzard Billy's, LeCupcake, Art & Soul, Papillion LaVista South ProStart, Cornhusker Hotel, Millertime Pub and Grill, and Green Flash.