According to Google the average American eats nearly 18 pounds of bacon each year. You know what this means…… Our fifth annual Beach, Bacon and Brews Festival is coming up in a few weeks! $25 entry fee gets you access to live music, free beer tasting from local Pacific Northwest microbreweries. The entry fee also includes 5 free bacon bits to start your tasting journey of delicious bacon recipes. Bacon bits are $1 per taste and all proceeds from them go to the charities you choose to spend them trying samples from. This year ten charities are competing for the title of best bacon recipe!
Chinook Winds and Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats partnered together the first year to supply the bacon to the competitors. By the second year of Beach, Bacon and Brews They became the full bacon sponsor. Bigfoot Beverages has been the beverage sponsor from the beginning and breweries from all over Oregon come to bring samples of their best brews. Charity recipes change every year and there are three types of judging: Top two professional chef recipes, top two amateur recipes, one people’s Choice for bacon and one people’s choice of best brew.
Breweries from all over Oregon are serving up their specialty tastes of beer and cider. Take advantage of an opportunity to sample craft beer from local breweries. Current breweries scheduled to take part this year are: Ace Cider, Arch Rock, Avid Cider, Bauman’s Cider, Breakside Brewery, Fort George Brewery, Goodlife Brewing, Groundbreaker Brewing, McKenzie Brewing, Nectar Creek Mead, Ninkasi Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, Pelican Brewery and Three Creeks brewing.
Live music is a huge part of Beach, Bacon and Brews. This year Rock ‘N’ Roll Cowboys, Short Notice and Fun with Jo will be performing live from our stage next to the tent. Sip brews; eat bacon and enjoy live entertainment that adds fantastic atmosphere every year! Rock ‘N’ Roll Cowboys hit the stage from 12pm to 1:30pm. Fun with Jo comes on stage from 2pm to 3:30pm with Short Notice performing from 4pm to 5:30pm. Awards will be announced shortly after. Tickets are available now online, by phone or in person at our box office at Winners Circle. Come join us July 13th from noon until 6pm and support our wonderful local charities while having a blast!
A little history about Beach, Bacon and Brews. It all started with James Myers from the Newport Food Pantry, he pitched the idea for a north Lincoln County event and had previously participated in a Tuna BBQ elsewhere. He thought a bacon event in Lincoln City would be fun! James Myers graciously coordinates the charity teams every year and has built a wonderful working relationship throughout the years. “For the non-profits this gives them needed funds to help support their programs and allows them to share their missions with the attendees From support for a battered women’s shelter to a summer youth baseball program the money raised these ten groups put the funds earned towards activities that benefit our entire county,” James Myers. The 2019 participating charities are: Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, Depoe Bay Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lincoln County, American Legion Post #116, My Sister’s Place, Taft Tiger Boosters, Bay City Cruisers, RSVP and Mouse Factory Cooperative Preschool.
Here is a recipe for a fantastic 7-Layer Salad that is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
1 medium size lettuce, shredded
½ cup thinly sliced green onion
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup (8 oz) water chestnuts
1 package of frozen peas
2 cups mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sugar
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¾ pound bacon, crisply cooked
3 hardboiled eggs, chopped
2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges.
Assemble the night before in a 3 to 4-quart glass dish. Make a layer of shredded lettuce, top with layer each of onion, celery, water chestnuts, peas. Spread mayonnaise. Sprinkle sugar, cheese and garlic powder. Cover and refrigerate until the next day. Crumble bacon into salad, sprinkle on chopped eggs and arrange tomato wedges around the salad. Enjoy!