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Bacon-loving Crowd enjoyed a wide variety of bacon treats

Lincoln, NE (April 30, 2018)—The 2018 Star City BaconFest drew its largest crowd on Sunday, April 22nd.  With over 600 people enjoying bacon-inspired treats from leading Lincoln-area restaurants.  The event was hosted by the Cornhusker Marriot Hotel.

The annual event, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) and the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA), benefits culinary students in the state and will provide over $5,000 in scholarships through the NRA’s Hospitality Education Foundation.

BaconFest attendees voted Ashland Country Club’s entrée first place. From left, Brandy Nielson, Nebraska Restaurant Association Membership and Marketing Coordinator. Jaki Zahourek, Assistant Food and Beverage Director and Chef Sarah Anderson from the Ashland Country Club, Darin Uhlir, NPPA President and Al Juhnke, NPPA Executive

BaconFest-goers were asked to vote for their favorite treats again this year.

First place: Ashland Country Club, for its Sweet & Spicy Bacon Bite.  Second place: Coops Corner for its Bacon Ice Cream and third place went to Venue Restaurant for its Pastrami Cured Bacon Arepas.

Entertainment was provided by Screamers Dining and Cabaret, where several different performers entertained the crowd throughout the evening.

“Lincoln’s talented chefs outdid themselves this year,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the Nebraska Restaurant Association. “Their bacon creations were definitely outside the box and were enjoyed by everyone. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the chefs.”

Jane Stone, domestic marketing director for the NPPA, agreed. “The Nebraska Pork Producers Assn. is very excited about the enthusiasm for this year’s event and thrilled with the creativity and quality of the chef’s amazing dishes. Everything was delicious! Our industry loves this event because not only do we get to showcase one of our most popular cuts- bacon, but we hope it also creates a farm-to-table connection for our urban consumers.”

Participating vendors include: 9 South Char Grill, Ashland Golf Club, Billy’s Restaurant, Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill, Coop’s Corner, HiWay Diner, HopCat, Leadbelly, McKinney’s, The Normandy, Smoking Gun Jerky, That Place Steakhouse & Saloon, The Eatery, Screamers Dining & Caberet, Single Barrel, and Venue Restaurant & Lounge.