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Can you eat 12 pounds of bacon in 90 seconds?
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Get ready for deep fried bacon on a stick.

It’s expected to be the crowd favorite on Gourmet Bacon Alley — the food court  where everything has bacon in it — for the inaugural Baconfest Saturday, Sunday, June 18-19, at Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop.

The event branded as the ultimate destination for bacon, beer and bands will have Guy Fieri — the chef and entertainer that hosts of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” — on stage both days as the emcee.

He will oversee the ultimate pig-out events: Bacon eating contests with one featuring amateurs and the other pros.

Forty amateurs will be selected to go for the bacon eating title. They will have 90 seconds to eat 12 pounds of bacon. The bacon they eat — as well as what guests will consume in at least 20 different bacon dishes that will be available — will be from Sunnyvalley Meats in Manteca.

The event will feature 20 bands over two days on two different days. Organizers have lined up 20 microbreweries, more than 100 commercial/arts and crafts vendors plus are staging free kids activities. Also on tap are cooking demonstrations featuring Sysco chefs from all other the country using “The Ultimate Culinary Kitchen” featuring a 92-foot long truck that has a self-contained kitchen.

Other activities run the gamut from pig racing to a wine pavilion.

Tickets are $25 for those 15 years and older, $12.50 for children 6 to 14, and children under 6 free. The ticket includes one day general admission, all stage events, and band performances. Parking is free.

The event is Saturday June 18, with the gates open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, with the gates open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attractions close later both days.

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Dell’Osso Farms also stages an annual Mud Run, the Pumpkin Maze and Holidays on the Farm.

It is located at the Manthey Road in Lathrop between the San Joaquin River and Interstate 205 interchange along Interstate 5.


Rare river side

custom home lots

nearing release

The hottest custom home lots in the 209 may finally go on the market later this year.

River Islands at Lathrop is preparing for the release of 67 of what ultimately will be almost 1,000 home sites overlooking the San Joaquin River and connected waterways.

Project Manager Susan Dell’Osso said a final price has yet to be set but expects the lots to range somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000 each.

The potential price just for the lot hasn’t cooled interest. There are 600 potential buyers on a waiting list

The homes will back up to a linear park that ultimately will extend some 18 miles around the perimeter of the planned community of nearly 11,000 homes.

The linear park will have a 20-foot wide walking/bicycling path that’s set back 20 feet from the back yards on the custom homes. The setback will be landscaped as well as the 20-foot setback from the levee’s edge to the path.

River Islands is hoping to place fishing piers accessed from the linear park to further enhance the recreational opportunities.

There are essentially no other opportunities to buy lots overlooking the river anywhere else on the San Joaquin River or even the Sacramento River for that matter. That’s because of traditional levees.

The 300-foot wide super levees Cambay Group created are a game changer. Not only do they provide platinum protection — they are expected to be certified to withstand a 200-year event later this year becoming the first levees in California and perhaps the United States of such caliber — but they also will have the only river side access in the entire Central Valley along the state’s two  mightiest rivers besides points that are prone to flooding such as Discovery Park in Sacramento.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email