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First annual Bacon Week serves up $1,600 for local charities
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Dust Bowl employees present checks to representatives from Jessica's House, Turlock Gospel Mission and Alzheimer's Support Group. The money for the groups were raised from t-shirt sales during Downtown Turlock's Bacon Week. - photo by Photo Contributed

Bacon took center stage for four days in May, with downtown restaurants featuring the pork bellies in specialty dishes while also raising money for local charities.

Bacon-inspired dishes included “Bacon on a Stick” appetizers at Dust Bowl,  and pork belly and waffles topped with a Dust Bowl Scotch Ale maple reduction at 10 East. Bistro 234 chef Leroy Walker offered Bacon Week visitors a crispy maple bacon appetizer topped with fig jam, apricot brandy pork belly entree, and vanilla maple bacon ice cream.

“From my perspective, I was surprised from the word of mouth advertising in the community. Obviously everyone was excited about bacon, and I had multiple people commit on how great it was that the downtown restaurants were able to team up and work together to create a downtown-only event,” said Bistro 234 Chef Leroy Walker.

Over $1,600 was raised through the sale of bacon week T-shirts with the proceeds going to the Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter, Jessica’s House, Turlock Gospel Mission and Turlock Alzheimer's Support Group. 10 East raised over $1,000 alone for the Animal Shelter.

The Downtown Association still has Bacon Week T -shirts available which can be purchased for $20 in the downtown office located at 202 W. Main St.