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Bacon in Blue Lake

Bacon flavored vodka, bacon brownies and chocolate covered bacon are among bacon-themed foods to be offered at the first Bacon Festival at the Blue Lake Casino.

Blue Lake Casino supervisor Tanya Fechner said the concept behind the event was to give local vendors and restaurants a chance to share recipes.

For $15 patrons of all ages can access vendors and restaurants which will serve free samples of bacon-themed foods. Larger portions of the treats will be sold at the booths.

Participants might also win prizes and awards for contests such as best pig costume or best pig impression. There will also be giveaways and prizes, Fechner said.

Miko Ross, owner of Calhoun’s Original Southside Barbeque Sauce, will serve pulled-pork bacon sandwiches at the festival.

Ross, a bacon enthusiast, said many local chefs often discuss various methods of preparing bacon. Ross’ take on bacon vodka was that since vodka is made from potatoes — bacon and potatoes go together — maybe the bacon vodka will be good.

A restaurant competition with a $2,500 prize will be held on Saturday for the best professional recipe.

Amateur chefs can also can enter their recipes in the Sunday competition for a chance to win a $2,000 first-place prize, a $400 second-place prize and a $100 third-place prize.

Patricia Cushing, owner of Patty Cakes Unlimited, will serve bacon-infused desserts such as  candied and caramelized bacon, white and dark chocolate-covered bacon and bacon brownies.

Cushing said she is skeptical of the bacon flavored vodka.

“Lord only knows,” Cushing said. “Bacon and vodka might go together.”

About N. Hunter Cresswell

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