First Annual Bacon Festival Held in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Dozens of people got together to celebrate bacon on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon.

The first annual CURED: Central Virginia Bacon Festival was held at the Ntelos Wireless Pavillion.

Local restaurants, cideries and breweries provided tastings.

Chefs produced a variety of dishes with one common ingredient: bacon.

For $1, people could vote on their favorite dish.

"We really wanted to have a food-oriented event," said general manager of the Ntelos Wireless Pavillion, Kirby Hutto. "We have a wine festival in the spring, a microbrew festival in the fall, and we felt food was the missing component and everyone likes bacon so we sort of started running with that idea."

The winner of the friendly competition received a cast iron trophy featuring a flying pig.

Proceeds from the vote will go toward the Local Food Hub.

"This is the first one," said Hutto of the bacon festival. "We'll improve it next year and hopefully it becomes a great annual event."

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