Demos, Tastings, and Contests :: PABaconfest


Demos, Tastings, and Contests

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SATURDAY

Bacon Candy – Demonstration/Tasting – Saturday 10am-11am

From pig candy to bacon brittle, the combo of sweet and smoky meat just can’t be beat! Sample a vast array of bacon treats in this one-of-a-kind demonstration and tasting by a local chef. FREE demonstration. VIP seating and tasting tickets will go on sale 9-19 at noon. $5/pp

Beyond the BLT – Demonstration/Tasting – Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm

Bacon makes a killer sandwich. Pair it with turkey or add it to lettuce and tomato. It just works. From cold and hot sandwiches to wraps and quesadillas, come sample all the possibilities as a local chef serves up the best bacon sandwiches you ever tasted. FREE demonstration. VIP seating and tasting tickets will go on sale 9-19 at noon.  $10 tickets samples.

Bacon ExplosionAmateur Competition – Saturday 1pm-2pm

Watch home cooks and tailgating pros go hog wild with different variations on the now-classic dish of lattice-work bacon wrapped around sausage and more crumbled bacon. You want bacon? You got it in the Bacon Explosion. Come taste for yourself and help judge who goes home a winner. VIP seating and tasting tickets will go on sale 9-19 at noon. $10/pp

 To enter the Bacon Explosion Competition. Click Here

Bacon Ice Cream – Professional Competition – Saturday 2:30-3:30pm

At this point, Maple Bacon Ice Cream has become a modern American classic. What other ice cream flavors work well with bacon? How about bacon caramel ice cream, bacon butterscotch ice cream, or bacon bourbon ice cream? Taste them all as local chefs battle it out in this ultimate ice cream competition. VIP seating and tasting tickets will go on sale 9-19 at noon. $10/pp

Hog Heaven Cupcake Competition – Amateur Competition – Saturday 11 am – 12 pm

Creative home bakers and cupcake connoisseurs compete for sweet success in this piggylicious bake-off where you are the judge! Sample a baker’s dozen of thirteen unique cupcakes that will make you squeal with delight! This is one of the festival’s most popular events so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets will be available at the fest. Tickets will go on sale 9-19 at noon. $10/pp

 To enter the Hog Heaven Competition. Click Here

A Feast of Bacon Appetizers – Demonstration/Tasting – Saturday 1pm-4 pm

Bacon is the secret weapon in dozens of appetizers from bacon cheddar dip to mini bacon quiches to rumaki (bacon-wrapped water chestnuts). Discover nifty new ways to get your bacon fix with this smorgasbord of bacon nibbles from local chefs. VIP seating and tasting tickets  $10/pp

Hogs & Hops Home Brewing Competition – Amateur Competition – Saturday 12Noon-1:30pm

Home brewers have become quite sophisticated in recent years. Here they serve up their best bacon-laced beers and you get to sample each one while voting for your favorite. Come decide who will be crowned this year’s King of Hogs and Hops . $15/pp. Must be over 21 to attend.

To enter the Hogs & Hops Home Brewing Competition. Click Here

Dueling Swine Pig Roast Competition – Professional Competition – Saturday 11am-1pm

Two local restaurateurs will be roastin’ pigs all night long in Centre Square in preparation for this Saturday morning Swine Showdown! The best part? YOU get to choose the winner! Feast on smoky, slow-roasted pasture-raised pigs from Breakaway Farms, each with its own unique flavor created by local professional chefs. VIP seating and tasting tickets $15/pp. Includes generous portions from each pig plus side dishes.

 Pro Bacon Battle Stage 1 – Professional Competition – Saturday 2:30pm-3:30pm

Four award-winning local farm-to-table chefs duke it out for the title of PA Bacon Fest Bacon Master 2015. The sky’s the limit in this Chopped-style competition paying homage to le cochon. FREE. VIP seating and tasting tickets $20/pp.

 Bakon Cocktail Competition – Professional Competition – Saturday 2pm

Local bartenders share their mad mixology skills in this smokin’ cocktail contest. Learn how to craft incredible bacon-inspired beverages! Be one of 25 special guests to belly up to the “bacon bar” and enjoy an up close and personal view while sampling each cocktail and voting for the winner. VIP seating and cocktail tasting $15/pp. Must be over 21 to attend.

 


 

SUNDAY

Bacon Master Class – Demonstration/Tasting – Sunday 10am-11am
How do you make candied bacon? What’s the best way to microwave bacon? Keep it from curling in a pan on the stove? Can you grill bacon? Get all your bacon questions answered in this pork-a-licious cooking class taught by a bacon master. VIP seating and tasting tickets $5/pp.

Get Baked with Bacon – Demonstration/Tasting – Sunday 11:30am-12:30pm

We can’t get enough sweet bacon from the oven! We’re talking bacon apple pies, bacon cinnamon rolls, and bacon peanut butter cookies. Come pig out on the best bacon dessert table you’ve ever seen as a local chef demonstrates the ins and out of baking with bacon. FREE. VIP seating and tasting tickets $10/pp.

Bacons of the World – Demonstration/Tasting – Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm

You know American bacon, the fatty strips of pork belly that are brine-cured and smoked. But how about tocino (toe-SEE-no), a Spanish bacon that’s dry-cured and not smoked? Or guanciale (GWUN-chall-eh), an Italian dry-cured bacon made from pork jowls? Get all your bacon questions answered and expand your porky palate in this fascinating demonstration and tasting as a local chef takes you on a culinary tour of the wide world of bacon . VIP seating and tasting tickets $10/pp.

Pro Pork Belly Competition – Professional Competition – Sunday 1pm-2pm

Bacon comes from the belly of the pig. But you can use pork belly for a whole lot more than bacon! Find out what pro chefs are cooking up with this cut beyond cured and smoked strips of bacon. Taste the results, judge the winner for yourself, and go home with the winning recipe! FREE. VIP seating and tasting tickets  $20/pp.

Bacon & Chocolate – Demonstration/Tasting – Sunday 2:30pm-3:30pm

OMG, can it get any better? Bacon and chocolate is a match made in heaven. From bacon chocolate bars to bacon brownies and bacon chocolate cake, this flavor combo is for serious hedonists! Come taste all the possibilities as a local chef whips up the ultimate dishes with bacon and chocolate. VIP seating and tasting $15/pp.

The Bacon Bowl – Amateur Competition – Sunday 1pm-4pm

Bacon makes it better, especially when it comes to soups and stews. Just think of Bacon Cheddar Soup and Potato Bacon Corn Chowder. Cozy up to a warm bowl of bacony goodness as local home cooks compete for the title of Bacon Bowl Champion 2015. VIP seating and tasting tickets $10/pp.

To enter the Bacon Bowl Competition. Click Here

Bacon Eating Contest – Amateur Competition – Sunday 12Noon-1pm

Who can eat the most bacon in 5 minutes? Can anyone beat Matt “Megatoad” Stonie’s current World Record of 182 slices set earlier this year in February? Find out in this exciting one-of-a-kind eating competition! FREE.

To enter the Bacon Eating Contest. Click Here

Pro Bacon Battle Finale – Professional Competition – Sunday 1:30pm-3:30pm

The final two award-winning local farm-to-table chefs duke it out for the title of PA Bacon Fest Bacon Master 2015. The sky’s the limit in this Chopped-style competition paying homage to le cochon. FREE. VIP seating and tasting tickets $20/pp.

Dueling Swine Pig Roast Competition – Professional Competition – Sunday 11am-1pm

Two local restaurateurs will be roastin’ pigs all night long in Centre Square in preparation for this Sunday morning Swine Showdown! The best part? YOU get to choose the winner! Feast on smoky, slow-roasted pasture-raised pigs from Breakaway Farms, each with its own unique flavor created by local professional chefs. VIP seating and tasting tickets $15/pp. Includes generous portions from each pig plus side dishes.