Sweet & Savory: The Great Lakes Bacon Bash

By: Toni Cunningham | September 3, 2014

There is one reason I am not a vegetarian and that reason is brown sugar bacon. It’s also why Jim Gaffigan and I could be best friends. I’m sorry, veggie lovers, but soy bacon simply does not cut it. Bacon is a delicacy that can be prepared sweet or savory, brightening up one’s day when served as a simple side to bacon and eggs or made into more complex dishes such as bacon-wrapped shrimp or bacon brownies.

If you attended the Big Grill Burger Bash at the Royal Oak Farmers Market last month, get ready for the follow-up event that just may trump the previous one: the Bacon Bash.

The Great Lakes Bacon Bash will be held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

During that three-and-a-half hour period, you’ll have the opportunity to sample both sweet and savory bacon dishes, ranging from main courses to appetizers to desserts to cocktails. All cuisine will be prepared with bacon from Michigan’s own Dearborn Sausage Company. Not just plain ol’ regular bacon, either. Dearborn brand bacon flavors that will be whipped up into various delightful dishes include original, double smoked, applewood smoked, smoked pepper and honey cured.

Nearly two-dozen local restaurants and eateries will be on hand to turn those delicious strips of bacon into bacon-centric dishes for your enjoyment. Restaurants participating in the Bacon Bash include:

Mt. Chalet II, Club Venetian Banquet & Conference Center, 1917 American Bistro, Firehouse Subs, Scotty O’Hotty Sauce, Ron’s Roadside BBQ, A Serendipity Cakery, A Slice of Heaven Cakes by Kristin, Detroit Mini Donut, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Jacoby’s German Biergarten, Northern Lakes Seafood, The Cookie Cool Cookie Company, Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, Republica of Berkley, Villa Penna, Ridley’s Bakery Café, Twisted Tavern, The Ideal Bite Catering, Kaleidoscope Catering, Prime 29, Clara’s Place and Heaven Sent BBQ & Catering.

It would be a shame to have all of that delicious bacon on your hands and not have anything to whet your whistle. To stave off dehydration and cut the grease, try a drink from Tri-County Beverage, Cabresto Tequila Margaritas and Infusion Jars, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Labatt Blue or Labatt Blue Light, all of which will be provided.

A DJ and live acoustic entertainment will be provided all night long, and People’s Choice Awards will be given out for the following categories: Most Unique Bacon Creation, Most Flavorful Bacon Creation, Best All Around Bacon Creation, Best Bacon Sweets/Dessert, Favorite Dearborn Brand Bacon Flavor and more. It’s like the Academy Awards, but better.

General admission tickets to the Great Lakes Bacon Bash cost $55, which gets you as many bacon-ified food samples as your heart desires along with one cocktail or beverage. For $75, you can purchase a VIP ticket, which also includes all-you-can eat bacon samples, along with three cocktails or beverages and admission an hour earlier than the GA crowd at 7 p.m. If the number of drinks sounds insufficient, never fear, as additional beverage tickets will be available for purchase.

Like with the Big Grill Burger Bash, there are no sober driver tickets available, so you’ll just have to gift your drink ticket(s) to a friend, should you not want them. And don’t forget, this is strictly a 21 and up event.

A portion of the proceeds from the Bacon Bash will be donated to Help Cerebral Palsy Kids Corporation, a non-profit organization created in 2005 to help children with motor disabilities and their families.

If you thought the Big Grill Burger Bash was an excellent time, you’re not going to want to miss out on the Bacon Bash, either. Grab your iPhone, flip phone or whatever and text “BACON” to 95577 for the opportunity to win tickets to the event.

For more information on the Great Lakes Bacon Bash, visit the official website or Facebook page. Enjoy your bacon, whether you’re eating it sweet or savory!