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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.

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.

 

Bacon-loving Crowds Gobble Up Star City BaconFest Goodies

Lincoln, NE (April 28, 2017)—News that bacon-inspired treats were being served drew hundreds of hungry connoisseurs to sample the creations of 25 leading Lincoln-area restaurants and eateries at Star City BaconFest 2017. The Cornhusker Marriott hosted the event on Sunday, April 23.

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

Attendees sampled a variety of savory and sweet creations, including such crowd-pleasers as Snicker Kickers, served by Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill, which featured a fried Snickers bar with sugar cured bacon and cool ranch Doritos in the batter, then topped with chocolate sauce, whipped topping, bacon bits and cool ranch crumbles.

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

First place: Venue, for its Spring Nettle Pesto, Crispy Coppa Bacon, Citrus Braised Pork, and Parmesan Cheese on Lafa Flatbread, topped with Pickled Ramps and Fermented Garlic Honey Sauce. Second place: 9 South Char Grill, for Pulled Pork Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Bacon Rangoon, Bacon Pizza, French Grilled Bacon and Cheese with a Bacon Whiskey Glaze; and third place went to Coop’s Corner, for its Pulled Pork Bacon Mac and Cheese.

Music to eat bacon by was provided by “The Lightning Bugs,” a popular Lincoln-area band.

“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. “Everyone loves bacon,” she said, “and Star City BaconFest provides a fun way to promote Nebraska-produced pork products. It’s a natural!”

Participating vendors include: Pepsi; 9 South Char Grill; Billy’s Restaurant; Brewsky’s; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Coop’s Corner; Dino’s Eastside Grill; HiWay Diner; Hickory Road BBQ; Hormel Retail; Smoking Gun Jerky; The Single Barrel; Traeger Grills; Venue; Moka’s Kitchen; Hy-Vee, 84th and Holdrege; Miller Time Pub; The Cornhusker; McKinney’s Irish Pub; Nebraska Pork Producers; Leadbelly/Toast; Super Saver; That Place Steakhouse & Saloon (Ceresco); The Eatery; Hurts Donuts; Blue Blood Brewing Co. Hormel Foods provided bacon products for the chefs to use during the event.

 

2017 Star City Baconfest First Place Winners

BaconFest attendees voted Venue’s entrée first place. From left, NPPA President Russ Vering; Venue Chef John Benton, and Venue Sous Chefs Jamen Danielson, Andrew Spilker; NPPA Executive Director Al Juhnke; and Brandy Nielson, Nebraska Restaurant Association Membership and Marketing Coordinator.

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Star City BaconFest 2017 to Cook Up Creative Bacon-based Treats April 23 at Lincoln’s Cornhusker Marriott Hotel

Lincoln, NE (March 3, 2017)–Bacon lovers, this is the news you’ve been waiting for: Star City BaconFest 2017 returns to the Capital City for the third year on April 23 at Lincoln’s Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.

Again this year, chefs from several popular area restaurants will offer up their creative bacon-infused samples of everything from sweet to savory –and about everything in between.

Doors will open at 4:30, with bacon sampling continuing until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, with children 12 and under free. Ticket availability is limited, so purchasing early is strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased on-line at starcitybaconfest.com.

The Lightning Bugs, a popular Lincoln band, will entertain throughout the evening. Blue Blood Brewing Company will be providing beer samples, while Pepsi will be offering free soft drink samples.

Star City BaconFest is sponsored again this year by the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA). Proceeds go toward scholarships for culinary students in Nebraska.

Jane Stone, domestic marketing director with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, says the NPPA is excited to join with the Nebraska Restaurant Association to bring Star City BaconFest to Lincoln again this year.

“Nebraska pork producers work hard every day to provide quality pork to our state and the world,” she says. “Since bacon is just about everyone’s favorite cut of pork, what better way to represent our industry than at a fun gathering of our consumers sampling bacon-based goodies creatively prepared by some of Lincoln’s finest chefs.”

Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing director with the Nebraska Restaurant Association, agrees.

“Lincoln is home to many fine chefs,” she says. “Star City BaconFest is a great way to get to know them by sampling their creative, often unexpected uses of bacon in a variety of surprising treats. Besides, who can resist bacon?”

Throughout the evening, BaconFest attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite bacon-inspired treats. Additionally, prizes will be given away, according to Stone, including such items as Bacon for a Year, Gourmet Bacon of the Month Club membership, bacon cookbooks and bacon coupons. The grand prize will be a Traeger Lil’ Tex Smoker Grill.

Participating vendors include: 9 South Char Grill; Billy’s Restaurant; Brewsky’s; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Coop’s Corner; Dino’s Eastside Grill; HiWay Diner; Hickory Road BBQ; Hormel Retail; Mozzarella Pizza, Smoking Gun Jerky; The Single Barrel; Traeger Grills; Venue; HopCat; Hy-Vee, 84th and Holdrege; Miller Time Pub; The Cornhusker; McKinney’s Irish Pub; Nebraska Pork Producers; Leadbelly/Toast; That Place Steakhouse  & Saloon (Ceresco); The Eatery; Blue Blood Brewing Co.

Hormel Foods is providing products for the chefs to use during Star City BaconFest 2017.

For more information, visit Star City BaconFest at starcitybaconfest.com.

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 Hundreds of bacon lovers enjoyed an evening of tempting bacon-based treats cooked up by some of Lincoln’s most creative chefs during the 2016 Star City BaconFest. Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for Nebraska culinary students.

 

 

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