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January 10, 2013
Sacramento Bacon Fest organizers bracing for big crowds

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We're now at t-minus 10 days and counting for the pork-a-palooza known as Sacramento Bacon Fest 2. Got off the phone with Brian Guido, a co-founder of this festival, and it sounds like Sacramento Bacon Fest 2 will entertain some big crowds with a taste for cured pork belly. Case in point: The chef's competition at Mulvaney's Pig on the Corner on Jan. 27 has already sold out.

For those lucky enough to have scored tickets, this bacon cook-off will feature eight chefs who will both cure and cook up bacon and make a sweet or savory dish. And Lipitor be darned, I'll be on the judging panel once again, which this year includes the walking encyclopedia of food known as Darrell Corti, Sacramento News & Review restaurant reviewer Becky Grunewald, and Lesa Eidman from the California Pork Producers Association.

Either way, Sacramento Bacon Fest 2 includes participation from restaurants all over the Sacramento area which will prepare special bacon dishes, brunches and more from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27. Just a few who've signed up for the cause are Formoli's Bistro, Boulevard Bistro in Elk Grove, Bows & Arrows, the Waterboy and many more. Last year's Sacramento Bacon Fest debut was noted for food sell-outs, and this year is expected to produce much of the same.

For more on Sacramento Bacon Fest 2, including a couple of choice recipes, check out The Bee's Food & Wine section next Wednesday.

FROM THE BEE

* Countdown to BaconFest: The pork descends upon Sactown

* Second annual Bacon Fest Sacramento coming in January

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