One of the advantages of having a blog is the chance to work with brands and the chance to attend fun events. I enjoy the events most of all, especially if that event includes bacon! This last weekend I attended the mother of all bacon events — The Denver Bacon Takedown, sponsored by Hormel® Black Label® bacon and hosted by Matt Timms.
In addition to eating BACON for two hours straight, the biggest highlight was forcing my friend Michele to put her head through a bacon poster. It seriously doesn’t get any better.
Here are the other highlights…
Meeting Tiffany of Strudel & Streusel! Together we judged all 16 treats to decide on our favorites, which were:
1st: Crockspot /Occupy Bacon Team – Bacon Bowl (plantain yam mash, shredded pork shoulder and mango style chimichurri in a mini bacon bowl)
2nd: Jason Morse (2 Kids Confections) – Wilbur’s Famous Caramels & Divine Swine Cookies
3rd: Brook – Cajun Chicken Fried Bacon with Apple Bacon Chutney
4th/honorable mention: Clayton – Smoked Swiss Bacon Bread
Here we are working really hard to decide the winners.
The next highlight was meeting Matt Timms. This guy does everything. He acts, blogs, grows a mean beard, and hosts different Takedowns all over the country. He says the whole thing started in his Brooklyn apartment, and I think that’s awesome. I can respect a guy who respects food. You can read all about Matt, see a full list of the Denver Bacon Takedown participants, including the people’s choice winners, and check out the list of upcoming Takedowns on his website – TheTakedowns.com.
Last, I’m psyched to receive a giant list of bacon recipes THAT FEATURE SAUCE (or a variation of a sauce) from the event. Get a load of these:
You can bet I’ll be making these bacon recipes and posting them here to Saucy Dipper. Stay tuned…
ps – You can see more hilarious bacon poster pics on the Hormel Facebook page.