Harley-Davidson of Jamestown’s Baconfest raises $3,000 for charity

On Saturday, June 22, Harley-Davidson of Jamestown held its first annual Baconfest Cook-Off Competition. Ten competitors went full boar creating the best bacon-inspired dish they could with hopes of taking home the bacon.

Most of the competitors had no restaurant or catering experience; they were just doing it to have fun and raise money for several local charitable causes; The Food Bank of WNY, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA and Chautauqua County 4-H.

Stephanie Horner took home the first place title with her bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and Pamela Warner placed second with her fried bacon nuggets and dipping sauces.

Other dishes included, cheddar bacon beer muffins (Kathy Corkright), gnocchi with bacon alfredo cream sauce (Taylor Andersen), beer bacon cupcakes (Tiffany Davis), bacon cheeseburger soup (Phil n’ Cindy’s Lunch), “Quaicon Bits” (Jon O’Brien), chocolate-covered bacon (The Holiday Inn of Warren), Alambre sauteed bacon, chicken and peppers served with a tortilla (Mexicali Burrito Co. food truck) and broiled bacon Amish cheddar burgers served on beer bread (“PoetJoe” Gallagher).

Guests lined up to try all of the samples and vote for their favorites. Harley-Davidson of Jamestown also provided a pulled pork sandwich lunch prepared by 4-H of Chautauqua County.

Proceeds from an estimated 650 tickets sold were donated to the three participating charities. Each received $1,000 to help fund their programs. In addition, a barrel of nonperishable food items was collected and distributed between the St. Susan Center in Jamestown and the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church Food Pantry in Sugar Grove, Pa.

Other activities included live music by SYMBA of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program and The Bogarts, Mud Wrestling, Marie Peterson of Sew-Sweet Designs was available to sew patches on leather jackets and vests, and a blood drive for American Red Cross.

“It was a great event,” Harley-Davidson of Jamestown’s Marketing Manager Megan Arnone said. “This is the first time we have attempted an event like this, so to see all of the cook-off competitors, event guests, volunteers and charities so pleased really makes us feel great. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome! Keep an eye on our events calendar for Baconfest 2014!”