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Event founders Craig (left) and Lon (right) Taylor

Bacon Mania to Take Over Williamsburg in Multi-Day Competition

BY Tanay Warerkar

Bacon lovers will unite in a two-day food fest set to take place May 16 and 17 at the old Pfizer Factory in Williamsburg.

The first ever Great Big Bacon Picnic will feature bacon inspired dishes, from dozens of featured restaurants and chefs, competing in categories such as most innovative dish and vying to be chosen the audience favorite.

Over 100 chefs, restaurants, food trucks, mixologists, brewmasters, and culinary experts from across the city are expected to attend the two-day event.

The bacon-fest is the brainchild of entrepreneurial brothers Craig and Lon Taylor. Craig has more than two decades of event planning experience having worked on the Craig D. Tifford Foundation Gala and the Fat Friday Mardi Gras Fundraiser. He is also an accomplished musician having sold over 50,000 albums on his own record label. Lon is a digital marketing specialist and has worked with major brands like Mercedes-Benz, Merrill Lynch and Samsung.

Together with a few childhood friends, the brothers established the Great Big Food Events LLC, to focus on producing gastronomically inclined events.

“Corralling chefs is like corralling musicians,” said Craig Taylor, who has also managed musical acts throughout his career. “They are artists and they have artists’ personalities.”

The Great Big Bacon Picnic will feature three different sessions at which attendees will sample bite-size bacon creations washing them down with craft beers and specialty cocktails – not to mention what the hosts describe as the “Bacon Bar” – an entire station dedicated to sampling a variety of bacon.

Each session will also feature a people’s choice award, worth $1,000, that will be awarded to the chef that receives the most votes for their dish or “licks,” as the organizers are labeling it.

The chef that receives the highest total of “licks,” at all three sessions combined will walk away with a $1,500 bonus.

In addition, there are a series of judges’ awards. The dish deemed to have the most innovative use of bacon will receive $500 as will dishes considered the best in terms of presentation and overall liking.

Craig Taylor said he chose Williamsburg as the location for the event not only because he is a resident of the neighborhood, but also because of the strong food culture and sense of community in the neighborhood.

North Brooklyn representatives at the event include Metropolitan Avenue BBQ restaurant Fette Sau, and the pork-focused American eatery Traif on South 4th Street.

Up next for the Taylor brothers –an outdoor BBQ event as well as a food show focused on vegan and vegetarian options.

The Great Big Bacon Picnic, May 16 & 17 – 630 Flushing Avenue. To purchase tickets or for more information on the event, visit http://greatbigbacon.com/.

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