Baconfest at Dell’Osso Family Farm is in the News

Put the Sizzle in Father’s Day Weekend with Bacon, Beer & Bands!

Lathrop, California- Baconfest at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop opens this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th. Gates open Saturday from 9am to 10pm and Sunday from 9am to 8pm with the last entry two hours before closing. It’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day—bacon, beer & bands!

Baconfest is a celebration of America’s Mightiest Meat and features Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur and host of Diners Drive-ins & Dives who will be on stage both days emceeing rounds of “Mystery Basket Style” amateur and professional bacon cooking contests.

The Baconfest weekend features non-stop live music with 21 bands on two stages and top breweries serving sample and full size beers.

Bacon lovers can eat their way through Bacon Alley’s bacon-obsessed food vendors and enjoy the unique Sunnyvalley Bacon Bar featuring Sunnyvalley Smoked Meat’s popular bacon.

Some of the tasty new bacon dishes will be discovered in Baconfest’s Maple Bacon Ice Cream; Deep Fried Bacon on a Stick (bacon dipped in corn dog batter, fried and topped off with a syrup drizzle) and sure to be a sizzling new Baconfest favorite– Kick’n Bourbon Bacon—bacon dipped in bourbon, coated with cayenne pepper and brown sugar then served in a shot glass. Bacon seekers will also enjoy bacon favorites like Bacon Mac N Cheese; Bacon, Tomato & Blue Cheese Salad; Chicharrones–plain and spicy.

Baconfest is fun for the whole family with amateur and professional bacon eating contests, the Sysco Cooking Demonstration and Education Stages, a variety of classic and muscle cars from Mid Valley Chevy Club, the Dell’Osso Farm Apple Blasters and free kids’ activities and rides like the Dell’Osso Express Train, Kids’ Ferris Wheel and Roller Coaster, Spinning Pumpkin and Bounce Pillows, the Dell’Osso Pedal Car Speedway and two kids’ play areas.

Baconfest features unique Arts & Crafts vendors, The Wine Pavilion, the best Bloody Mary’s on the planet and popular commercial products and services available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at and are $25 for Adults (15 and older) $12.50 for children ages 6-14 and children 5 and under are free. Advance online ticket purchases are recommended to avoid waiting in lines and are the same price as on site ticket purchases. Parking is free.

Guy Fieri, Host of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives appears on stage both days.

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Guy Fieri from Diner’s Drive-ins & Dives Emcees Cooking Contests

Lathrop, California- Baconfest at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop opens their inaugural celebration of America’s Mightiest Meat on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 & 19th over Father’s Day Weekend.

Guy Fieri, Chef, restaurateur & TV host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, emcees the weekend’s bacon-obsessed “Mystery Basket” cook-off competitions for top honors and prizes awarded by Celebrity judges. The Amateur bacon cooking contest is on Saturday, June 18th and the Professional bacon cooking contest is Sunday, June 19th. The daily schedule calls for Round One competitions from 12 noon to 1:15pm and the Final Cooking Competitions from 2:15-3:30 respectively each day.

Amateur and Professional finalists alike will participate in a live cook-off competition using a “Mystery Basket” format. All ingredients in the Mystery Basket will be provided for the contestants. On stage the contestant(s) will need to create a dish using the ingredients in the basket. The four Round One Semi Finalists will go on stage with Guy Fieri and a host of celebrity judges and two will be chosen to go to the final round. From the two Final contestants, one contestant or winning team will be chosen as the winner of Baconfest’s Inaugural Bacon Cook-offs. Dishes will be judged on: creative use of bacon, taste and presentation.

The Amateur winner(s) will receive a trophy and $3,000 and the winner of the Professional Cooking Contest will receive a trophy and prize package trip to Napa, including guest accommodations at the Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville and dinner for two at the world famous French Laundry restaurant.

In addition, the Bacon Eating Contest for Amateurs is 1:15-2:15 pm on Saturday, June 18th and the Professional Bacon Eating Contest is on 1:15-2:15 pm on Sunday, June 19th. The Amateur Competitors will compete for trophies and bragging rights and the Professional Competition will have top national eaters competing for a $4,000 total cash purse with 1st Prize – $2,000; 2nd Prize – $1,000; 3rd Prize – $500; 4th prize- $350
and 5th Prize – $150.

All food contests will be on the unique T.R.U.C.K.! ™ Stage (Traveling Restaurant Ultimate Competition Kitchen), the most advanced, interactive, mobile competition kitchen in the world. At 70 feet long, it has two custom competition kitchens, a massive 18-foot media wall covered in HD, LFD screens, and two sets of interactive displays that flank a theater-like stage used for live culinary demonstrations.

There are 18 live bands on two stages, bacon eating contests, Sysco cooking demonstrations, and dozens of gourmet Bacon Alley Food Vendors all featuring Sunnyvalley Smoked Meat’s popular bacon.

There are daily schedules for continuous live entertainment on both the Baconfest Main Music and Bacon Alley Music stages.

And there are 20 popular microbrews, the Best Bloody Mary contest, the unique Sunnyvalley Bacon Bar, the Mid Valley Car Show and 100 one-of-a-kind artisan crafts and products for sale.

Baconfest is family-oriented and has free fun kids’ activities like the Dell’Osso Express Train, Kids’ Ferris Wheel and Roller Coaster, Spinning Pumpkin and Bounce Pillows, the Dell’Osso Pedal Car Speedway and two kids’ play areas.

Tickets are available online at for $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids 6-14 and 5 & under are free. Gates open 9a-8p Saturday & 9a-6p Sunday. Free parking.

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Dell’Osso Family Farm Kicks off Inaugural Bacon Celebration with Cook-Off Contests

Lathrop, California – Baconfest on Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop has set a date for its inaugural celebration of America’s Mightiest Meat on Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016.

A weekend of bacon, beer and bands, Baconfest is kicking off its bacon-fueled event on March 1st with a search for Professional and Amateur Cook-Off Contestant entries. To qualify, Professional Chefs and Amateur Cooks alike are being encouraged to submit signature bacon recipes and information online at Entries must be submitted before Sunday, May 1st at 5pm PST to qualify to compete for Amateur and Professional prizes and acclaim.

Both competitions will be conducted “Mystery Basket Style” live on stage with celebrity judges and will be emceed both days by Guy Fieri, Chef, Restaurateur, Author and Host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Professional cooking contest submissions must include: a completed online official entry form, ingredient list, step-by-step preparation instructions, temperatures and timing and include a color photo of their completed dish. Professional chefs will be selected on their creative use of bacon, taste and presentation to compete for a Grand Prize trophy and special gourmet experience at the French Laundry in Napa including an overnight stay and spa package.

Amateur cooking contest entries require the same information but amateurs can enter individually or as a team of two. In addition, amateurs must post a video of the recipe’s preparation to demonstrate their personality which is as important to being selected as the creative use of bacon, taste and presentation.

“We’re looking for the best bacon recipes on the planet to qualify the professional and the amateur entries,” said Yvonne Sampson, who is coordinating the online entries in both categories. “What will determine selection of a professional contestant is: creative use of bacon, taste and presentation. And for the Amateur contestant, we also want to see in a video if they have the personality to be onstage with Guy Fieri by showing them talking through the preparation of their recipe. While bacon is the star ingredient, with amateurs, it’s just as important to show off the pizzazz in their personality–the key to being selected for their chance to win the Amateur Prize of $3,000 in cash.”

Baconfest is family oriented and will also feature Arts & Crafts vendors and free kid’s activities like train rides, kid’s amusement rides and the Dell’Osso Pedal Car Speedway. Parking is free. Contest entry, event information and tickets are available now online at Tickets are $25 for Adults 15 and older,$12.50 for children ages 6-14. Kids under 6 are free. ###