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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

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


 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.