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Star City BaconFest 2020 postponed until August 23

Lincoln, Neb. (March 16, 2020)—Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) has made the decision to postpone the Star City BaconFest from April 19 to August 23, 2020. The decision to reschedule came as a response to the CDC recommendations regarding the #COVID19 outbreak. The event will still be at Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln.

Star City BaconFest is an annual event sponsored by the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA) and the NPPA. Proceeds go toward scholarships for culinary students in Nebraska. Hormel Foods is providing products for the chefs to use during Star City BaconFest 2020.

Bacon lovers who have already purchased tickets will receive an email from the NPPA explaining that their tickets will be good for the rescheduled date. Event organizers are halting the sale of tickets for now, but plan to start selling tickets again this summer. “We are sorry for the rescheduling, but we want everyone to be safe and stay healthy,” said Jane Stone, the NPPA’s domestic marketing director.

Other event details will remain the same, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., and bacon sampling continuing until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, with children 10 and under free. Tickets will go on sale again this summer at starcitybaconfest.com.

Star City BaconFest 2019 Draws Hundreds of Lincoln-Area Foodies to Sample Bacon-Inspired Gourmet Treats

Date: April 11, 2019
Release date: At will
Contact: Jane Stone, Domestic Marketing Director
Phone: 402-525-1525

Star City BaconFest 2019 Draws Hundreds of Lincoln-Area Foodies to Sample Bacon-Inspired Gourmet Treats.

Lincoln, NE (April 9, 2019)– Star City BaconFest 2019 returned to the Capital City for its fifth year on April 7, with well over 600 bacon enthusiasts enjoying gourmet treats served up by leading Lincoln-area restaurants. The event was hosted again this year 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 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. “Their tasty items definitely were enjoyed by everyone. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the chefs.”
Jane Stone, the NPPA’s Domestic Marketing Director, agreed. “The Nebraska Pork Producers Association continues to be amazed at the excitement and enthusiasm BaconFest generates each year. Hats off to our participating chefs. 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 topped with Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw, diced candied Jalapeno Bacon and a Raspberry Bullet Bourbon Jam; Second place, Hurts Donut, for its Mini Maple Bacon Long John; 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 Donut; 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.

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.”