West Des Moines, IA Iowa is in a battle to the finish in Roll Call's Annual "Taste of America Competition." Iowa's entry of "bacon" has advanced to the Final 8 among favorite regional foods, and is now battling against some tough competitors from seven other regional finalists including stiff competition from entries such as Maryland's crab cakes and Illinois' deep dish pizza.
"It's time for us to show some serious Iowa pride," said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. "Iowa restaurants and at-home cooks alike have shown a nearly endless level of culinary creativity with bacon-it's time to brag about it." People can vote through June 20th at Roll Call's Taste of America website: www.rollcalltasteofamerica.com.
Iowa bacon was one of 64 foods from across the country featured in the competition which started in bracket format on May 12th. Iowa made its way to the Final 8 by beating out Ohio's Buckeye Candy, Missouri's Ice Cream Cone, and Wisconsin's Mac and Cheese. The champion will be the state food that receives the most votes during the final round. The winner will be announced at a reception at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on June 25, 2014.
Since 1909 the Congressional Baseball Game has pitted Senate and House members of each party against one another on the baseball field to raise money for charity.
Help Iowa be featured at the big event by voting today at www.rollcalltasteofamerica.com .