Third Annual Bacon Fest at Prairie Street Brewhouse Nov. 8

Bacon Fest 2013

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Staff Report

The Third Annual Bacon Fest will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., downtown Rockford. General admission to the event is $25 advance, $30 at the door, with $50 VIP seating available at

VIP seating includes official Bacon Fest T- Shirt, bacon and beer pairing at 4:30 p.m. and the privilege of being among the first to taste this year’s bacon samplings before the crowds descend.

General admission offers access to an amazing array of all things bacon and a cash bar. General admission tickets are available in advance online ( and at Wired Café, 414 E. State St., downtown Rockford.

Bacon Fest brings together local restaurants to celebrate all things bacon. The fund-raiser for The Element will feature bacon-themed dishes from 11 of Rockford’s finest restaurants, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. A bacon “store” will add to the night’s festivities.

Rockford-area bacon lovers are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

The Element Director Ed McCullough said: “Last year, The Element presented the second annual Bacon Fest, and Rockford proved once again that it loves bacon. We expect even more bacon lovers to join us for this year’s event. As a part of the celebration, we will again award the coveted ‘Alfred the Pig’ trophies for the People’s Choice and Bacon Queen’s awards for the best bacon dish and best table presentation. Competition for the brass pigs was heated last year, but this year, looks to be even more intense among the participating chefs.”

Participants include Octane InterLounge, Five Forks Market, Illinois Machine Shed, Olympic Tavern, District Bar & Grill, Main Street Bistro, Wired Café, Bella Luna Bakery, Noonan’s at Aldeen, Vintage @ 501 and The Rockford Brewing Company.

The Element is a unique network of committed individuals working to help power the growth of Rockford’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods as places where an up-to-date urban lifestyle is at our residents’ doorsteps. Preferred by young professionals and creatives of all ages, the urban lifestyle includes a large dose of culture, music, entertainment, visual arts, recreation and opportunities for learning. This lifestyle — and its building blocks — are crucial in recruiting and retaining talent in today’s competitive world marketplace. The Element is creating and supporting the pieces of this urban lifestyle, and now, more than ever, it is committed to marketing and promoting all that is happening in downtown Rockford.

From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue

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