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2015 Star City BaconFest Wrap Up

Star City BaconFest 2015 Puts Smiles on the Faces of Hundreds of Lincoln-area Foodies Sunday, May 17 at the Cornhusker Marriott

Bacon-lovers turned out by the hundreds Sunday, May 17 for Star City BaconFest 2015 to enjoy the yummy goodness of bacon-inspired savory and sweet treats served up by chefs from many of Lincoln’s favorite restaurants. They were able to sample a variety of items from bacon-topped cupcakes to bacon- wrapped sausages, and even bacon cheesecake.

The event was such a success that the date for Star City BaconFest 2016 has already been set. So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 3pm-6pm at the Cornhusker Mariott, organizers said.

The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA), helped to support the Nebraska ProStart program and to provide culinary scholarships to students entering the hospitality field. The NRA’s Hospitality Education Foundation will receive over $5,000 as a result of the success of BaconFest.

BaconFest attendees were asked to vote for their favorite bacon-inspired treats. Their winning favorites were:  First place: 9 South Char Grill. Their creation was whiskey barrel smoked bacon with Jack and Cola bacon tomato jam and Amish peanut bacon butter sliders with candied bacon and pecans. Second place: Rodizio Grill. They served their seasonal Jalapeño bacon-wrapped ham. Third place: The Single Barrel. They served their bacon-wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with Shiitake mushroom and bacon compote.

In all, 20 vendors participated in the event: Billy’s Restaurant; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Colleen’s Catering; Greta’s Gourmet Butcher Shop, Deli & Catering; Nebraska Pork Producers; Smoking Gun Jerky; The Cornhusker Marriott; The Eatery; The Single Barrel; Little Caesar’s Pizza; Traeger Grill/Schaefer’s; 9 South Char Grill; Super Saver; McFarland’s & Sons Authentic Irish Pub; Le Cupcake; Miller Time at the Cornhusker; Misty’s; Skeeter Barnes; Rodizio Grill; and Brewsky’s.

Beer tasting was provided by Miller Time at the Cornhusker, with entertainment by popular area band Tuna Fish Jones.

“Thanks to all the participating vendors and chefs,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the NRA. “Their creativity and skills made BaconFest a great time for the Lincoln community to enjoy the many ways bacon can be incorporated into what we enjoy eating. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the vendors.”

“What better way to promote Nebraska-produced pork products than with bacon, everybody’s favorite,” said the NPPA’s Jane Stone. “Star City BaconFest put smiles on a lot of hungry faces, and I heard nothing but praises from the crowd of samplers.”

“We are already looking forward to Star City BaconFest 2016 next April 24,” she said. “All vendors have indicated they will participate again next year.”