Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival April 14th At Carolina Beach Lake

Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival April 14th At Carolina Beach Lake

Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival April 14th At Carolina Beach Lake Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:18

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 People’s Choice-Best Bacon Entry and Best Non-Entre/Dessert as well as Best Decorated Tent and Most Enthusiastic Tent.  In addition to the Bacon-inspired culinary competition, we will invite Local Breweries and Vineyards to offer their signature brews and grapes for the discerning public to enjoy.  The Breweries and Vineyards will compete for the People’s Choice – Best Brew or Grape."

Reynolds explained participants in the festival will include:
• A Thyme Savor Catering - featuring Apple Cider brined Candied bacon with Chix & Waffles (with Bourbon barrel stout syrup).
• Port City Puffs n Stuff - featuring Cauliflower, Bacon & Dill Soup and Bacon, Chocolate & Pretzel Puff.
• John Curley - Original Mango Habanero Bacon Jam and Sweet Ghost Pepper Bacon Jam.
• Big Mike's BBQ - featuring Baconana Pudding.
• Mermaid's Island Grill - featuring Bacon & Cheese Hot Dogs.
• Tastebuds Popcorn-Carolina Beach featuring Maple Bacon Popcorn and Bacon Cheddar Popcorn.
• Snowie of the Carolinas - Barkin Bacon Snowie.
• Latella Gelato - featuring Bacon Butter Pecan Gelato.
• NC Sweet Tea featuring Maple & Bacon Funnel Cakes and Fried Bacon Pickles.
• Good Hops Brewing - featuring Andrew Irish Light Ale and Stankey Yankee IPA.
• Wrightsville Beach Brewery - featuring Orange Krush Kolsch.
• Silver Coasst Winery - featuring 2015 Reserve Merlot.
• Noni Bacca Winery - featuring select sampling.

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 $5 people can enter the festival and receive complimentary samples while supplies last.

Reynolds explained, "Each participating restaurant may also choose to sell larger portions of the same or similar showcase dishes, along with other tasty treats."
Live entertainment will be provided by "Wilmington's premier Party Band UPTOWN EASY" who will perform all day.

There will also be a KIdZone with inflatables, games, and other activities and Non-profit Exhibit Space and a domestic beer tent.

For the new Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival, Reynolds explained the main purpose of this event is:
1. To expose our regional Restaurants to local and distant diverse guests:
2. Bring people to the Island as an alternative to the Azalea Festival, potentially going to other businesses, hotels and shops.
3. Provide a safe, Family-friendly event.
4. Re-brand the Chowder Cook-Off and re-capture the success of this event.
5. Provide a Fund-Raising Spring Kick-off event for Pleasure Island’s tourist season.
Awards + $900 in Cash Prizes:
People's Choice - Best Bacon Entry : $300
People's Choice - Best Brew or Grape : $200
Best Non-Entre/Dessert Entry : $200
Best Decorated Tent : $100
Most Spirited Tent : $100

Reynolds said, "Remember, Bacon and Beer tastes better than Azaleas!"

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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