PEI PORKTOBERFEST RETURNS

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The 4th annual PEI Porktoberfest returns October 1st-to-31st, and this year bacon dreams do come true with Ultimate Bacon Sandwiches.

Using bacon as the signature ingredient, 25 Island restaurants have created one-of-a-kind Ultimate Bacon Sandwiches in hopes of winning the 'Best PEI Porktoberfest Chef' title. To win, Islanders are encouraged the eat the gourmet sandwiches, then vote online for their favourite chef creation. Every vote is also an opportunity for people to win prizes such as $20 gift cards and Porktoberfest shirts.

The campaign also has two new signature contests where lucky winners could take home Bacon For A Year, or win a Bacon-Packed Getaway to Charlottetown.

The month-long celebration of PEI pork was created by Fresh Media, and is presented in partnership with Prince Edward Island Hog Producers, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and PEI Flavours. This is the first Porktoberfest campaign where bacon is the hero pork cut, with previous campaigns focusing on PEI sausages or pulled pork.

When this year’s porklicious campaign launches October 1st, Islanders will instantly see the culinary creativity of our local chefs on full display with their sandwiches, as well as the overall versatility of pork bellies and bacon.

Types of bacon featured in some of the sandwiches include apple smoked, dry-cured, double smoked, pea meal, honey & smoked paprika glazed, jalapeño, maple-braised chipotle, whiskey chili, plus many more flavour combinations. Several chefs found unique ways to further include bacon as part of their sandwich by highlighting it within other toppings, or as part of their buns or bread. Some chefs have even added more pork to their sandwiches with pulled pork, ground pork, pork sausage or a bacon-wrapped pork dog.

To view the full list of PEI Porktoberfest creations, visit www.peiporktoberfest.ca. The campaign runs until October 31st.