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'Bacon and Barrels' brings the best of breakfast and booze to the Expo

The event runs from Friday evening, January 24, through Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 3:00 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Beginning Friday night, an event at the Jackson County Expo celebrates the finer things in life — delicious bacon and fine distilled spirits.

The "Bacon and Barrels" event was inspired by other bacon and bourbon-based festivals taking place around the country. This year, for the first time in Jackson County, the Expo and Ubhill One Concessions decided to kickstart a similar celebration closer to home.

"We have eleven teams that are going to be competing for the people's choice bacon taste of the evening," sad Helen Funk, director of the Expo. "We will be giving out the first ever 'Better Than Bacon' Bartender Award."

The new event promises plenty of bacon samples, tastings of distilled spirits, whiskey lectures, bacon-inspired appetizer samples, live entertainment — plus a full bacon Bloody Mary bar on Saturday.


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"You gotta to love bacon. Everyone loves it," said Chad Lundstrom, pit master at Sticky Fingers BBQ. "It’s good and a good bloody Mary is to die for as well. So, it makes a great pair and its just darn good."

However, since there will be plenty of alcohol available, organizers stress that attendees should have a designated driver.

"Designated driver, we will wrist band you and allow you to get free soft drinks for the entire evening that you are here," said Funk. "So, we want everyone to come and be responsible, but have a great time."


Check out the schedule below to find out what's going on and when:

Winter Warm-up

Friday Evening, 6-9 pm: will feature a tournament-style competition where bartenders from around the valley bring their skills to create the most extraordinary drinks possible. A panel of judges will ultimately select the best drink. Customers will be able to sample up to 5 drink selections from the Expo provided samples and up to 5 samples from each of the other four distilled spirit distributors that will be present.

Rise and Shine

Saturday Mid-day, noon - 3 pm: The fun continues with bacon and drink samples along with a full bacon-themed Bloody Mary bar. With live music, you are assured of a great time. Customers will be able to sample up to 5 drink selections from the Expo provided samples and up to 5 samples from each of the other four distilled spirit distributors that will be present. 

For the Love of Bacon

Saturday Evening, 5-8 pm: Date Night for Bacon and Barrels, “For the Love of Bacon” bring that special someone and enjoy the evening. Customers will be able to sample up to 5 drink selections from the Expo provided samples and up to 5 samples from each of the four distilled spirit distributors that will be present.

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