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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2018
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

Bacon is no longer just a food … it’s a way of life.  America is bacon obsessed. We have shirts, and merch, and fan websites, television shows, entire restaurants all dedicated to broadcasting as loudly as possible, how much we truly love bacon. 

The World Food Championships celebrates America’s signature decadence – Bacon.  The Bacon World Championship will pit 40 of the world’s best culinary craftsmen against each other for the title of Bacon World Champion. Home cooks, restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. The champion will then take their bacon and their best effort to the Final Table for a chance to win the World Food Championship.

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-Media – 2018 - Various Locations in Alabama
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition 
– 10/13/18-10/14/18 - Hollywood, California
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Burgers & Bacon - Atlanta Grillmaster Classic – 7/28/18 - McDonough, Georgia
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series (ACWW) – 8/16/18 – Various Locations in Missouri
Texas State Qualifier / Super Chef Series – 10/3/18 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:
Bacon Bash – 9/15/18-9/16/18 – River Falls, Wisconsin
Baconfest VA - 9/29/18 - Roanoke, Virginia

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:
Kitchen Ambush - Smithfield Bacon and Bourbon Festival - 10/6/18 - Smithfield, Virginia
Red Gold Online Recipe Contest “The Golden Sizzle”
 
- 6/15/18-6/25/18 - ONLINE
Red Gold Tomato Takedown - 7/15/18 - Nashville, Tennessee
Red Gold Special Invitation - 2018 - Various Locations
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"/Wild Card Elite Division 
– 7/20/18-7/30/18 – ONLINE
Wild Card Elite Division – 2/1/18-10/1/18 – ONLINE

The following competitions are International Qualifiers for the 2019 Bacon World Championship:
Caribbean Food Championships - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:

United States Events

Event Location Date
Gloria Ferrar's Glorious BitesVarious Locations, US
Culinary Fight Club - 2017Various Locations, US
Culinary Fight Club - 2018Various Locations, USJan 1, 2018
2018 WFC Wait List - BaconUS
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
Hog Eye BBQUSSep 13, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten BaconOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten RecipeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: BWC2016 - Jodi TaffelOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2017 Bacon World Champion - Rebecka EvansOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 Bacon World Champion - Colleen CurleyOrange Beach, AL, US
BWC2016 - Tamie JoeckelOrange Beach, AL, USNov 13, 2016
Alabama State Qualifier / WFC Team AlabamaVarious Locations, AL, US
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
WFC: Granny Grilling Challenge - Sherri WilliamsOrange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
Alabama State Qualifier / ACF and Alabama 200 Sweet Home Alabama Desserts ContestBirmingham, AL, USAug 11, 2018
Special Invitation - Juanita HendrixOrange Beach, AL, US
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 1st PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
Special Invitation - Tammy StangerPhoenix, AZ, USMar 19, 2018
Bacon and Beer Classic - ScottsdaleScottsdale, AZ, USMay 12, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
Special Invitation - Tore TrupianoCA, US
TOA California - Tore TrupianoOceanside, CA, US
Beer, Bacon & Coffee FestDenver, CO, USJan 13, 2018
Colorado Burger SummitCO, US
Dewey Beach Bacon FestRehoboth Beach, DE, USApr 20, 2018
WFC: 2015 Bacon World Champion - Stephen CoeKissimmee, FL, US
Spud Nation ThrowdownOrlando, FL, USJan 10, 2018
DeLand Bacon & Brew FestDeLand, FL, USSep 30, 2017
Manatee County Fair - Brendon PrudhommePalmetto, FL, USJan 12, 2018
Helpful Hands Sizzlin Summer Cooking Challenge (Recipe competition)Oviedo, FL, USMay 26, 2018
Riverwalk Burger Battle™ IXFort Lauderdale, FL, USMar 23, 2018
Burger Beast Burgie AwardsHialeah, FL, USOct 31, 2017
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Burgers & Bacon - Atlanta Grillmaster ClassicMcDonough, GA, USJul 28, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Chef’s & Spirits ExtravaganzaMacon, GA, USSep 22, 2018
Waikiki SPAM JAM FestivalHonolulu, Oahu, HI, USApr 28, 2018
Blue Ribbon Bacon FestivalDes Moines, IA, USApr 17, 2018
Cedar Valley BaconfestCedar Falls, IA, USMar 24, 2018
Dubuque Area BaconfestDubuque, IA, USOct 5, 2017
Baconfest ChicagoChicago, IL, USApr 6, 2018
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
Indiana Bacon Festival - (BBQ competition - "Other" category)Delphi, IN, USAug 25, 2018
American Royal - Open - Sausage CompetitionKansas City, KS, USAug 31, 2017
National Oyster Cook-offLeonardtown, MD, USOct 21, 2017
Bacon Bash - Best Overall Bacon DishRoyal Oak, MI, USApr 7, 2018
Burger BashRoyal Oak, MI, USJun 8, 2018
Detroit Burger BrawlDetroit, MI, USJun 24, 2018
Bacon Bash - Best Overall Bacon Dish (People's Choice)Royal Oak, MI, USApr 7, 2018
Best Burger in the ValleyStillwater, MN, USMay 1, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series - Battle BaconSt. Louis, MO, USAug 16, 2018
The Great Ruleville Grilling Steak Cookoff (Appetizer competition)Ruleville, MS, USSep 29, 2018
Southaven SpringfestSouthaven, MS, USApr 27, 2018
Tupelo BBQ Duel - Sausage CompetitionTupelo, MS, US
Beer and Bacon FestivalCary, NC, USMay 19, 2018
Bernie's Wines & Liquors Bacon & Beer FestivalFargo, ND, USMar 10, 2018
Happy Harry's Beer & Bacon FestivalGrand Forks, ND, USJan 30, 2018
Omaha Beer & Bacon FestivalOmaha, NE, USAug 4, 2018
WFC: 2013 World Food Champion - Dave ElliottLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Recipe Champion - Beth PetersonLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Recipe Champion - David GroverLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 Bacon World Champion - Ricardio HerediaLas Vegas, NV, US
International Pizza ChallengeLas Vegas, NV, USMar 19, 2018
Brooklyn Mac and Cheeze TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USFeb 18, 2018
Charcuterie Masters - (Other/Bacon category)Queens, NY, USFeb 24, 2018
Beer, Bourbon & Bacon!Poughquag, NY, USJun 30, 2018
Brooklyn Meatball TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USMar 18, 2018
National Hamburger FestivalBuffalo, NY, USAug 11, 2018
Salt City BBQ FestivalSyracuse, NY, USMay 19, 2018
Pizza Pizzazz "Best of the Midwest" Competition at the MidAmerica Restaurant ShowColumbus, OH, USJan 28, 2018
Burger Battle at the MidAmerica Restaurant ShowColumbus, OH, USJan 28, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - Bacon - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: 2017 TOA People's Choice - Tim Van DorenONLINE, US
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
Fully Loaded Idaho Potato Cook-Off Event WinnerONLINE, USNov 1, 2017
WFC: #Taste of America - Bacon - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Red Gold Online Recipe Contest "The Golden Sizzle" - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of Canada - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
#TOA2017 - Lesa SampsonONLINE, US
#TOA2017 - Lisha GriffittONLINE, US
Pepperidge Farm Respect The Bun PromotionONLINE, USMay 15, 2017
WFC: Red Gold Online Recipe Contest "The Golden Sizzle" - 2nd-5th Place (for 2019)ONLINE, US
WILD CARD ELITE DIVISION - WALMARTONLINE, US
Aporkalypse Now: Gorge's Best Bacon FestHood River, OR, USFeb 23, 2018
Philadelphia Burger BrawlPhiladelphia, PA, US
Annual Mushroom Festival - Amateur Mushroom Cook-off - 2017Kennett Square, PA, USSep 9, 2017
Annual Mushroom Festival - Amateur Mushroom Cook-off - Judge's Choice - 2017Kennett Square, PA, USSep 9, 2017
Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs & Pastry Provincial CompetitionCharleston, SC, US
Sioux Falls Downtown Burger BattleSioux Falls, SD, USJan 2, 2018
Nashville Scene Bacon & BarrelNashville, TN, USSep 21, 2018
Nashville Lifestyle's Battle of the BurgerNashville, TN, USApr 19, 2018
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - BurgerNashville, TN, US
Art Institute's Sweet and Savory Recipe ChallengeNashville, TN, USFeb 19, 2018
Red Gold Tomato TakedownNashville, TN, USJul 15, 2018
Red Gold Special Invitation - Steve OakleyNashville, TN, USJul 15, 2018
Pillsbury Bake-Off - Category Winners and Grand Prize WinnerTV, USFeb 24, 2018
Texas State Qualifier / Super Chef SeriesPort Aransas, TX, USOct 3, 2018
EAT Class GalvestonGalveston, TX, USJan 29, 2018
BACONFEST VARoanoke, VA, USSep 29, 2018
Kitchen Ambush - Smithfield Bacon and Bourbon FestivalSmithfield, VA, USOct 6, 2018
BACON BASHRiver Falls, WI, USSep 15, 2018
Baconfest MKEMilwaukee, WI, USFeb 25, 2018
Bacon And BrewsMadison, WI, USJun 23, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
AUSTRALIAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSTBA, AU
International Competitor Invitations - AustraliaONLINE, AUFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Cape VerdeONLINE, CVFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Dominican RepublicONLINE, DOFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GermanyONLINE, DEFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GuamONLINE, GUFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Hong KongONLINE, HKFeb 1, 2018
Italian Burger BattleITSep 9, 2018
W.E.S.T. Steak & Burger Cookoff - ItalyRiva di Tures, ITJan 13, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - JapanONLINE, JPFeb 1, 2018
Dona Elena Pasta Fiesta – Online Recipe ContestPHApr 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PR
Tony Stone Low and Slow (Burger competition) - The NetherlandsHoofdorp, NLMay 19, 2018
International Competitor Invitations -The NetherlandsONLINE, NLFeb 1, 2018
Grillstock Festival - (Burger competition) - United KingdomBristol, GBJul 1, 2017
Q-Fest (Burger competition) - United KingdomDevon, GBJun 16, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - United KingdomONLINE, GBFeb 1, 2018