First Annual Baconfest Cook-Off Competition

On June 22, Harley-Davidson of Jamestown held its first annual Baconfest Cook-Off Competition. Ten competitors created the best bacon-inspired dish they could with hopes of taking home the bacon. Most of the competitors had no restaurant or catering experience, they were just doing it to have fun and raise money for several local charitable causes: The Food Bank of WNY, Second Harvest of NW PA and Chautauqua County 4-H.

Stephanie Horner took home the first-place title with her bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and Pamela Warner placed second with her fried bacon nuggets and dipping sauces. Other dishes included: cheddar bacon beer muffins (Kathy Corkright), bnocchi with bacon Alfredo cream sauce (Taylor Andersen), beer bacon cupcakes (Tiffany Davis), bacon cheeseburger soup (Phil n’ Cindy’s Lunch), “Quaicon bits” (Jon O’Brien), chocolate-covered bacon (The Holiday Inn of Warren), Alambre – sauteed bacon, chicken and peppers served with a tortilla (Mexicali Burrito Co. food truck), and broiled bacon Amish cheddar burgers served on beer bread (“PoetJoe” Gallagher).

Guests lined up to try all of the samples and vote for their favorites. Harley-Davidson of Jamestown also provided a pulled pork sandwich lunch prepared by 4-H of Chautauqua County.

Proceeds from ticket sales, an estimated 650, were donated to the three participating charities. Each received $1,000 to help fund their programs. In addition, a barrel of nonperishable food items was collected and distributed between the St. Susan Center and Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church food pantry.

Other activities included live music by SYMBA of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program and The Bogarts, mud wrestling, Marie Peterson of Sew-Sweet Designs was available to sew patches on leather jackets and vests, and a blood drive for American Red Cross.

“It was a great event,” Megan Arnone, Harley-Davidson of Jamestown marketing manager, said. “This is the first time we have attempted an event like this so to see all of the cook-off competitors, event guests, volunteers and charities so pleased really makes us feel great. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Keep an eye on our events calendar for Baconfest 2014.”