I wrote last year about attending the inaugural event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which was fun and incredibly delicious. But this year’s event, which was held up the road in downtown Bentonville, was even better.
There were more vendor booths serving samples of all types of bacon dishes, a much bigger crowd, a live band, and a well-organized site – that happened to also be just a walk away from the town’s weekly Farmer’s Market and this year’s World Championship Squirrel Cook-Off. But more about that latter point later in the week. Today I’m concentrating on bacon.
The food at Bacon Bowl 2014 was also tastier this year. The cooking participants, representing local restaurants and companies, really stepped up their game with dishes that included:
In addition to the mouth-watering food, the event also brought back Adam Poch, known as the bacon-loving “Heavy Metal Teddy Bear” during his stint in the Big Brother house.
Also, there was a bacon eating contest – of course! The winner ate more than a pound of bacon in 3 minutes. Wowza!
The winners in each category were:
-People’s Choice Dessert: Farrel’s Lounge for their bacon cheesecake
-People’s Choice Entrée: Team Big Rub for their bacon-wrapped pork loin
-People’s Choice Overall: Team Big Rub
-Celebrity Judges’ Dessert: Cherokee Casino for their bacon pecan bar
-Celebrity Judges’ Entrée: Cherokee Casino for their bacon quesadilla w/ avocado salsa
-Celebrity Judges’ Overall: Cherokee Casino
As winners of the Judges’ Overall category, Cherokee Casino also won a “golden ticket.” This means they’ll be flown out to Las Vegas this November to represent Northwest Arkansas in the Bacon Division of the World Food Championships.