Bacon lovers will get their own festival and a chance to eat all the bacon they want when IP Casino Resort presents the first Gulf Coast Baconfest Nov. 14-15.
The new event is for those age 21 and older and will feature a pig-out -- a bacon eating contest.
It also will take bacon to new levels with a chef cook-off and live cooking demonstrations by a variety of chefs, including Shannon Jonson, IP's executive chef.
A junior chef competition will feature culinary students and the professional competition will bring chefs from across South Mississippi, said Emily Burke, public relations manager for IP.
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Categories will be for bacon on its own, bacon as ingredient, bacon as dessert and the people's choice award in each category.
The people also will vote for their choice for best bacon/beer and bacon/bourbon pairing.
"We are looking forward to offering guests from around the Gulf Coast the chance to sample the region's finest offerings of bacon," said Duncan McKenzie, general manager of IP Casino. "We're especially looking forward to presenting the delectable offerings that our own chefs are bringing to the table."
Armbands can be purchased in advance for $20 before Nov. 11 or at the door for $25 each day or $40 for two days. The price includes unlimited food sampling, a door prize ticket and a voting entry for the people's choice award.
Designated driver armbands will be $20 each day for food samples only.
The event will fill Studio B at the IP with the aroma and sizzle of bacon. Doors open Nov. 14 at noon and the bacon-eating competition starts at 1 p.m. The amateur chef competition will begin at 2 p.m. and the professional chef competition at 5 p.m.
On Nov. 15 doors open at noon and chef demonstrations will be hourly from 1-7 p.m. The bacon and beer or liquor pairing sessions also are that Sunday.
Commemorative Baconfest T-shirts and gifts will be sold during the festival as souvenirs.
Showcase vendor spaces are available for pork and equipment vendors and restaurants with special bacon inspired dishes.
Details: Nicole Miller at 228-523-8621 or firstname.lastname@example.org