The Bacon and Beer Classic was hosted at Citi Field this past Saturday, April 25 at Citi Field. This unique bacon and beer tasting event held in MLB stadiums nationwide was a huge success with nearly 9,000 New Yorkers. If you have been with me for the past year you know this is my second time going and what an event it is.
The event sold out for the second year in a row, at 4,500 bacon and beer loving attendees per session. Over 40 local restaurants and 50+ breweries served up their best selections.
A judging panel was present for both sessions and they worked together to select winners in the food and beer categories. Judges for the first session included Liza De Guia, the Founder/Chief Storyteller, food. curated., Adam Poch, Bacon Minister/Bacon Connoisseur, Lisa Fernandes, Chef/Owner of Sweet Chili, Derrick Prince of Stanton Social/Masterchef season 2, David “The Rev” Cancio, Director of Marketing Schweid & Sons, James Tai, an independent craft beer consultant, Herb Karlitz, a food and beverage event marketer and owner of Karlitz & Company, and Chef Plum, who has been featured on many television segments and has a popular podcast called Plumluvfoods Live. Chef David DiBari, a chef in many NYC hotspots and a guest host on Toni On! New York (CBS local) and George Motz, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who made the documentary Hamburger America joined the judging panel for the evening session.
Judges tasted as many eats as possible to make their decisions. The winners are as follows:
Best Sweet Dish- Pig Guy NYC– bacon s’mores on a stick
Best Savory Dish- BarBacon
Best Overall- Sweet Chili– “pork-gasm”
People’s Choice- Rudy’s Original Cheesecake Drops– bacon infused
Winning beers from Abita Brewing, Southern Tier Brewery and Original Sin Hard Cider.
Best Sweet Dish- Pig Guy NYC– bacon s’mores on a stick…Again!
Best Savory Dish- Hard Times Sundaes– with meat from Schweid and Sons
Best Overall- Route 66 Smokehouse
Best Use of Bacon- John’s of Times Square– pizza
Some photo credit goes to 3 City Girls NYC