Inaugural Bacon Bowl presented by Petit Jean Meats to be held October 26.
Northwest Arkansas Mall hosts first food competition featuring bacon in Arkansas.
Fayetteville – The inaugural Bacon Bowl presented by Petit Jean Meats will take place on the grounds of the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 11:00am until 2:30pm.
The Bacon Bowl will feature competitors testing their culinary skills in creating the best bacon dishes featuring Arkansas’s own Petit Jean Meats bacon. Teams can choose to enter Entrée or Dessert divisions, or both, with Petit Jean Meats generously donating their mouthwatering bacon to all who compete.
Teams are divided into Amateur and Professional divisions, and winners will receive cash and prizes. Local and national celebrities and food critics will determine winners, with the Professional division Overall Best Dish champion winning a trip to New Orleans to represent Northwest Arkansas at the 6th Annual New Orleans Food Festival in March 2014 and held in the world famous French Quarter. Festival attendees will also have their voices heard by voting for the People’s Choice winners.
For those interested in competing, online registration for the Bacon Bowl opens to the general public August 1 at www.BaconBowl.net and lasts until Friday, October 18, 2013.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating an Arkansas treasure like Petit Jean Meats bacon and what some might consider the most popular comfort food not only in Fayetteville, but across the country,” said event coordinator John McClure. “Bacon is so versatile and can be used in all types of recipes, and we’re ready to see and taste the best that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.”
In addition to bacon sampling, the event will include music, children’s activities, other foods and beverages, and much more.