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Vin Bennett takes first place in Avofest Guacamole 

An easy-to-follow recipe makes for a classic guacamole with a flavor twist of bacon. Considering the collective avocado experience in Carpinteria, the winning guac would have to break new ground, and it seems Ms. Bennett has done just that.

Trader Joe’s One-Stop Shop Guac
Recipe by Vin Bennett

2 slices of bacon (crisp and crumbled)
3 medium-size ripe avocados
2 tablespoons red onion (thinly sliced and diced)
2 cloves garlic (microplaned/grated)
2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel
2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Yuzu Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Cook bacon slices. Dry on paper towel and crumble. Combine all ingredients and mash and stir until well incorporated. Adjust to taste!
Fry Mi Abuela corn and wheat tortillas (Trader Joe’s) to make chips and enjoy!

2022 Celebrity Guacamole Judges

Natalia Alarcon, Carpinteria City Councilwoman
Fred Brander, The Brander Vineyard
Mac Brown,   Wiggy Ranch
Beth Cox, 2020 Carpinterian of the Year
David Durflinger, Carpinteria City Manager
Warner Ebbink, Owner Little Dom's
Clyde Freeman, 2021 Carpinterian of the Year
André Jackson, Owner Corktree Cellars
Tracy Lehr, Reporter KEYT
Steve Meade, General Manager KJEE
Nirasha Rodriguez, Exec. Chef and Owner of The Food Liaison
Battalion Chief Noah Tunney, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Department
Hosted by:

Rebecca Brand, Media Producer
Arthur Von Wiesenberger, Food & Beverage Media Personality

OFFICIAL Guacamole Contest Form

Entry form MUST be submitted with guacamole at Grotto Stage on Sunday, October 2nd by 11:00 am.

Download "2022 Guac Contest Contestant Form.pdf"