Big Bite Bacon Fest coming to San Diego County Fair July 5th


June 18, 2014

Big Bite Bacon Dish San Diego Competition Finalists Announced

Pro and amateur chefs cooked off at the San Diego County Fair to determine the top finalists in each category Chef submissions for the Long Beach contest now open through July 11

[Calif.] – The Big Bite Bacon Fest is invading the San Diego County Fair on July 5 and the Queen Mary in Long Beach on August 2. Both salty savory festivals will host the Big Bite Bacon Dish Competition, a battle of pro, amateur and kid chefs in a culinary cook off showcasing the ingredient of the summer – bacon. San Diego event competitors participated in a preliminary cook off contest on June 17 at the San Diego County Fair to determine the top finalists that will move on to compete at the July 5 event.

Pro and amateur chefs presented their own unique bacon concoctions to a panel of expert judges in hopes of moving on to the Bacon Dish competition finals. Dishes spanned savory, sweet and salty recipes all highlighting bacon as the key ingredient. The three pro finalists were all chefs hailing from San Diego and included Leo Garcia of Mexico City Café and his Mexicano Alambre Chilango, Derek Jaeger of The Cravory and his Banana Bacon Sundae, and Matt Ham of La Jolla Brewery with his Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese. The amateur finalists included San Diego locals Tore Trupiano and his Porchetta Apricot Pork Belly, Tammy Zeigler and her Garlic Chicken Bacon Pizza, and Juli Hull with her French Toast Bacon Cupcake. Each of the three pro chefs will be paired with one of the amateur chefs to compete at the Big Bite Bacon Fest at the San Diego County Fair on July 5.

The Long Beach and San Diego Big Bite Bacon Dish Contest professional and amateur first place winners will each claim their stake in a prize package that includes $3,000 cash and automatic entrance into the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada in November.

No matter where you are in Southern California this summer, the Big Bite Bacon Fest will cure your bacon cravings with bacon inspired cuisine, cook-offs, beer tastings, entertainment, pageants, games and more. For more information visit


About Big Bite Events

Big Bite Events (BBE) brings a new style of culinary events to “Foodie” communities nationally. BBE is a division of Absolute Event Solutions Inc. (AES) and together have more than 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, developing and managing some of the largest festivals and events in North America.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Here comes the FUN! “The Fab Fair” is the theme for the 2014 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, paying tribute to the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago in the United States and around the world. The 2014 Fair will feature British Pop Culture, music and exhibitions NEVER BEFORE seen in California. The summer starts with Food, Fun and Frolic at the 2014 San Diego County Fair!

The Fair will open on Saturday June 7 and run through Sunday, July 6; closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Admission is $14 for adults; $8 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. For more information visit,

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 14 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

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