ROCKFORD - Over a dozen
bacon-inspired dishes lined the inside of the Prairie Street Brewhouse,
Thursday night for
The event has
become an intense competition between top
There were bacon
cupcakes, pickled deviled eggs with bacon and even bacon infused alcohol. The event was put on by the group called, The
Element, which is helping to bring
is committed to bringing new programming and new events and building the
Baconfest 2012 had to deal with rumors of a bacon shortage. A recent British report claimed bacon could be hard to come by soon due to this summer's drought. The combination of high feed prices and smaller hogs was the basis for the claim. However butchers are saying there shouldn't be a shortage, but maybe a hike in the price.
"Essentially the bacon should have been always a little higher. There's more processing in bacon, it takes a lot more time, a lot more labor to produce the bacon," said butcher, Eric Hull.
A hike in the price of the precious commodity could mean higher prices for Baconfest next year, but that's okay when it goes to a good cause.
"All the proceeds go to help the Element run programs like this one and like First Friday, which we run every month in Downtown Rockford," said McCullough.
"We're going to be
running a music series we hope shortly after the first of the year in the
The group also helps to sponsor the Beloit International Film Festival.
Last year the group raised $3,500 at Baconfest and they hope to have done a little better this year.