Beach, Bacon And Beer Festival To Replace Pleasure Island Chowder Fest

Beach, Bacon And Beer Festival To Replace Pleasure Island Chowder Fest

Beach, Bacon And Beer Festival To Replace Pleasure Island Chowder Fest Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:26

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announced  a new festival Monday February 5th, called, "Beach, Bacon & Beer Festival" set for April 14th, at the Carolina Beach Lake. The festival will replace the traditional Pleasure Island Chowder Festival that was held each April for 20 years.

According to Greg Reynolds of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the festival will begin April 14th, at 11:30am with the winners announced at 4:30 pm.

Reynolds explained, "Like its predecessor, The Chowder Cook-Off, the family-friendly Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival will invite selected local and regional restaurants to offer their selected dish that must include BACON. This is a friendly, culinary competition that pits the creativity of local chefs to present the most unique and tasty BACON-inspired offerings. Prizes will be awarded for Judges Choice, as well as People’s Best Overall, Most Original. Best Savory and Sweetest. We will also award the Best Decorated Tent and Most Enthusiastic Tent."

Reynolds said possible dishes contestants could offer include Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese with Pecan Bacon Brittle, Bacon Fat Jelly Roll, Smoked Potato Bacon Soup, Bacon Focaccia Grilled Cheese, Bacon Lobster Manicotti, Bacon Butternut Squash Meatballs and Gravy, Bourbon Bacon Caramel Corn. Bacon Japanese Cheesecake, Homemade Bacon Donut Hole, Bacon and Prawn Dumplings with Spicy Coconut Puree, Chocolate Bacon Toffee Gelato, Bacon Stout Custard Banana French Toast and even Kung Pao Bacon.

Reynolds explained, "As you can see, the sky’s the limit when it comes to BACON inspired dishes and all the potential possibilities available to the capable talent of our local chefs. For a small entry fee, each guest will receive a number of ‘tasting tickets’ they can trade in at the booth of their choice. Additional ‘tasting tickets’ will be available for purchase within the Festival. Each participating restaurant may also choose to sell larger portions of the same or similar showcase dishes."

In addition to restaurants taking part in the festival, Reynolds plans on local breweries and two wine vendors joining the event as well as additional food vendors. Other activities planned for the festival include: Non-profit Exhibit Space, KIdZone with inflatables, face painting,  and more.

Reynolds explained, "We may offer some of the following activities: Pig Calling Contest. Pig Petting Zoo. Bacon Costume Contest. Bacon Eating Contest. Greased Pig Contest. We will provide Live Music and Dancing all day. The main purpose of this event is: To expose our regional Restaurants to local and distant diverse guests: Bring people to the Island as an alternative to the Azalea Festival, potentially going to other businesses, hotels and shops. Provide a safe, Family-friendly event. Re-brand the Chowder Cook-Off and re-capture the success of this event."

He explained last year the decision to discontinue the Chowder Festival stating, "We went to 32 restaurants and only got four that were interested and then they started backing out for various reasons."

Reynolds said the number of restaurants participating in that event had declined in recent years and with a deadline to enter approaching with no restaurants committed to participating, the decision was made to cancel the Chowder Festival.

For more information on the Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival, please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at 910-458-8454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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