The Great Big Bacon Picnic

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It’s no secret that bacon has become sort of a cult food culture. And while some say bacon-mania has possibly gone too far, the Great Big Bacon Picnic reminded us that the opportunities are limitless when it comes to food — especially bacon.

On May 16th & 17th we attended the first Great Big Bacon Picnic held at the Old Pzifer factory in Brooklyn. The weekend event featured over 100 local restaurants, food trucks, brew masters, distillers, and culinary experts from all over New York City showcasing their best inspired bacon dishes and the best in craft beers and local craft spirits, giving bacon lovers the best weekend ever. All while raising money for local charities!

The vendors were judged by a panel of foodie and food industry experts. But attendees had the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorites each session for the “People’s Choice” award.

Some highlights from our experience include:

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Chef Arthur Robert Saks of Streets BK’s Tuna Bacon Truffle Sushi Roll roll which also won the judge’s Deliciousness and Creativity award in two different sessions.

The Wild Turkey’s #Nevertamed Bourbon Tour bus. We loved enjoyed their presentation and the taste testing of the Wild Turkey Bourbon.

We also had great bites from vendors like Bare Burger, Whitmans, and Townline BBQ. Two of our favorites were Pig Guy’s S’mores bacon on a stick and BacoBurger’s 50/50 bacon and beef burger.

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The picnic also served up some sweet treats.We were pleasantly surprised by Sage General Store’s bacon brownie with Bourbon whipped cream, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co’s maple bacon pecan ice cream and Urbo’s Smoked bacon stuffed Oreos.

In addition, there was also a very lively performance by the High & Mighty Brass Band. Overall we had a good time and picked up new local places to try.

We can’t wait until next time!
Check out the full list of this year’s winner below:

Total Prize Money Pool was $9,000!

Session 1

Judge’s Awards

o Deliciousness – Streets with their Tuna-Bacon-Truffle Roll With a Roasted Jalapeño- Avocado Creme Fraiche and a Kimchi Aioli
o Creativity – BBD’s for their Vietnamese Bacon Sliders
o Presentation – BBD’s for their Vietnamese Bacon Sliders

People’s Choice – Bareburger – Beer Braised Bacon

Session 2

Judge’s Awards

o Deliciousness – Strong Place with their Tuna Bacon Truffle Sushi Roll
o Creativity – URBO with Smoked Bacon Stuffed Oreos
o Presentation – Tellers with Black Pepper Bacon

People’s Choice – BBD’s – Vietnamese Bacon Sliders”

Session 3

Judge’s Awards

o Deliciousness – Streets with their Tuna Bacon Truffle Sushi Roll
o Creativity – Streets with their Tuna Bacon Truffle Sushi Roll
o Presentation – Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table with Panko/Bacon Encrusted Lobster Bacon Spring Rolls & Tomato Bacon Chutney

People’s Choice – Snowdonia – Maple Bacon Welsh Rarebit – melted cheeses, artisan bread, sprinkled with candied bacon

Boss Hog – Bareburger
Received the highest percentage of Licks (votes) per attendee of any session