Little Rock To Double-Dip Cheese Dip Championships in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:00 am  

And, indeed, they are.

Last week, McClure said he was focusing his energies on the Bacon Bowl, which was to be held Saturday at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville. He called it a “bacon-infused food festival” presented by Petit Jean Meats of Morrilton.

Like the cheese dip championship, the Bacon Bowl is a competition. “The public gets a sample and votes for their favorite bacon dishes,” McClure said. The winning team wins a trip to New Orleans and gets to sell their food at a festival there in March.

McClure’s company, Mac & Cheese LLC of North Little Rock, is an event-planning enterprise, and he makes his living primarily from putting on food festivals.

“Cheese dip will be back,” McClure promised. “Look for a cheese dip event in Fayetteville in 2014. And then we’ll have another cheese dip event in Little Rock next year, under a different name.”

McClure previously was a sales and marketing director for an event-planning company in New Orleans. “I did food festivals and all kinds of big events and I thought, ‘Why can’t we do this here?,’” he said.

“And so that’s kind of my focus, promoting Arkansas. My grand scheme is to turn Arkansas into a culinary destination and doing it through food festivals. I think that’s a great way to promote Arkansas foods in Arkansas, but outside of Arkansas as well.”

If there’s a theme to McClure’s food focus, it’s “bacon, cheese dip and barbecue,” he said. “I’m thinking about doing it all under one umbrella and do like the Comfort Food Festival.”

Cardiologists, you’ve been warned.



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