Saturday, August 30, 2014
For the second year running, Western North Carolina is going hog wild, as the 105.9 the Mountain (WTMT) presents BaconFest Asheville, a sold-out “celebration of all things swine.” The event is Saturday, Aug. 30, 1 – 4 p.m. (National Bacon Day), with VIP admission at noon, in the outdoor meadow at Highland Brewing.
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a job creation program of AdvantageWest that helps food and natural products entrepreneurs take their ideas from conception to the store shelf.
This year’s event, doubled in capacity from the inaugural festival in 2013, is sure to excite the taste buds with even more bacon-inspired cuisine from some of Asheville’s best restaurants showcasing unique pork creations from classic BBQ and good old-fashioned bacon to bacon sweets, bacon inspired sushi, bacon cotton candy as well as an exclusive bacon-infused beer from Highland Brewing created just for the occasion. Event attendees will vote on their favorite dishes to help crown restaurant victors in the categories of “Best Bacon,” “Most Outrageous Dish,” “Best Sweet” and “Best BBQ.”
Local restaurants taking the BaconFest Asheville culinary challenge include Another Broken Egg Cafe, Barleycorn, Bouchon, Chop House, Chop Shop Butchery, Creekside Taphouse, Dickey’s BBQ, Foggy Mountain Brew Pub, King James Public House, Korean House, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, The Potato Wedge, The Social, The Southern Kitchen & Bar, Take Out Riverside Grill at Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Strada Italiano, and more.
In addition, Blue Ridge Food Ventures producers BelloLea Artisan Kitchen, Home Free Bagels, Firewalker Hot Sauce and Smoking J’s Fiery Foods will participate in a mini-competition inside the Blue Ridge Food Ventures Lounge, competing for a free day of production at the 11,000 square-foot, shared-use commercial kitchen.
New in 2014: 105.9 the Mountain has created the BaconFest Asheville mobile app to showcase the festival layout, allow event attendees to vote digitally for their favorite restaurants competing in culinary categories, and get access to exclusive BaconFest Asheville games and offers from event partners.
In addition to the culinary offerings, this family friendly event will feature live music from the Artimus Pyle Band, a climbing wall, “piglet call” for children 9 and under, a “pigskin” football challenge and more. Highland Brewing beer and prepackaged “take home” food items will be available for purchase.
The event sold out within two weeks. On the day before the festival, listeners of 105.9 the Mountain participated in an on-air auction of the final pair of tickets, with the highest bid – a whopping $150 – from a bacon-loving winner from Waynesville. After the regular value of his tickets ($30), 100 percent of the remaining $120 will go directly to Blue Ridge Food Ventures as a donation.
Other BaconFest Asheville partners include Paramount Kia of Asheville, Eddie’s Dog House, Asheville- Buncombe Technical Community College, Earthfare, the National Guard, Mad Vapes, and Asheville Festivities. For questions on BaconFest Asheville, contact Nikki Mitchell, Events and Promotions Director for 105.9 the Mountain, at (828) 210-8546. All details on this event can be found at www.1059theMountain.com.
More about 105.9 the Mountain
105.9 the Mountain (WTMT), Western North Carolina’s biggest rock station. is part of Asheville Radio Group, the area’s leading radio advertising company, reaching thousands of listeners every week. The cluster includes four other world-class radio stations including Mix 96.5, 98.1 the RIVER and ESPN Radio 1310 & 970.
More about Blue Ridge Food Ventures
Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a nonprofit food and natural products business incubator, with an 11,000 sq. ft. shared-use commercial kitchen and a natural products manufacturing facility. Launched in 2005 as a job creation initiative by AdvantageWest, the nonprofit regional economic development partnership serving Western North Carolina, BRFV was the first facility of its kind in North Carolina and is the largest in the Southeast. More than 250 food and natural products businesses have gotten their start at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. More information at www.blueridgefoodventures.org.
More about Highland Brewing
From the flagship Gaelic Ale to one-off Barrel Aged Smoked Cherry Wood Chocolate Stout, Highland Brewing Company believes in every beer we make. It has to be a beer people want to drink, made with the finest ingredients and crafted with care for the product, the employees, the customers, and the environment. See what’s on tap at www.highlandbrewing.com