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On Saturday, June 23rd, we will be ready to start load-in from 8-10 am but if anyone arrives between 7:00 and 8:00, we can get you moved in early. All food vendors on the Brearly St. side will enter from S. Brearly St. to E. Mifflin St. which is a one-way street during setup. You will pull into your spot and setup so the cooking area of your booth is behind you, not beside you. You can set your tents up on the white plastic flooring and keep your fryers, grills and pizza ovens on the blacktop. If the ground is dry, you can park on the grass behind you, if not, you will park on the streets around the stadium or at the school across the street. You can drive on the white plastic flooring but not the black flooring. Get your electrical hooked up before anything else so we can move you if there are any issues. We will have an ice truck near the vendor entrance to store your food. Frozen products should stay to the back of the truck and refrigerated products should stay near the door. You must bring your own tent, tables, utensils, plates, bowls and a (Health Dept. required) hand washing station. The hand wash station consists of a container of warm water which has a self flowing water dispenser (can be turned left or right but not pushed in), hand soap, paper towels and a bucket to catch the water on the ground. Make sure you have your food vendor permit with you.  Vendors who are located on the E. Washington side will pull in thru the main gate on the corner of E. Wash and Patterson St. There are going to be a few beer trailers from the night before that we will have to work around. If you are producing grease from cooking, all grease must be dumped in the dump bins that will be near the vendor entrance. Bring a 50′ or 100′ extension cord with you just in case we have any issues with power. You are allowed up to 4 staff members who will receive a wristband when they are checked-in. All vendor gates will be closed at 10 am and you will need to unload and carry-in without assistance so please be on time. You are not allowed to stake your tents because of the turf, please bring something to weight it down if wind is in the forecast. DO NOT DRIVE ON THE TURF, PLEASE.

Turf rules and guidelines:

  • No gum
  • No nuts
  • No sunflower seeds
  • No tobacco products (including cigarettes)
  • There cannot be any set up that involves staking into the ground
  • No glass bottles/containers
  • Absolutely no driving on the turf
  • No cooking equipment directly on the turf
  • No dumping large amounts of beer on the turf – there are drains lining the walls of the facility, please dispose of large amounts of beer in those drains
  • Please clean your area before leaving – including trash, food scraps, and all equipment


All applications have been accepted for 2018. Contact us if you want to be added next year.

Bacon And Brews Named Automatic Qualifier for World Food Championships

Bacon And Brews will have a featured representative at the 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama, according to Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships.

“More than 450 pre-qualified competitors will enter one of ten competition categories beginning Nov. 7, and the champion of Bacon And Brews will be among them,” McCloud said.

Bacon And Brews is sending a winner from its 2018 event to compete against the World Food Championships
roster of Golden Ticket contestants.

“Stakes are high and the competition is intense with a total purse of $350,000 in cash and additional prizes, while the ultimate World Food Champion takes home a grand prize purse valued at $100,000,” McCloud said.

Competitors will prepare food on site in timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate test of taste. The categories this year include BBQ, Chili, Chef, Sandwich, Seafood, Bacon,
Burger, Dessert, Steak and Chicken.

“Tournament judges will select the top 10 finalists in each category to compete for the chance to go to the Final Table in April,” explained McCloud. “It is there that one culinary genius will rise up from ten category champions to become the 2018 World Food Champion.”

McCloud said that cooking is not the only opportunity for participation in the World Food Championships. Those interested in volunteering or in learning to become a certified WFC judge may sign up on the World Food
Championships website.

“The World Food Championships offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chef competitions, attend demonstrations, review at the latest cooking appliances and become part of a fun, family-friendly experience,” he observed, adding that there will be thousands of spectators, colorful teams, special judges and foodie volunteers in Orange Beach for the Nov. 7-11 event.

For more information, visit and follow the buzz @WorldFoodChampionships #WFC2018 #FoodSport #FoodChamps #WFC

Bacon And Brews is produced by Run Strong Madison, Inc, a 501(c)3 charity based in Madison, WI. If you have any questions, please call or email Robin L Kempfer at (608) 217 5941 or email