9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival returns to the Iowa Events Center

The Iowa Bacon Board, organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, officially announced that the 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will return to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa on February 20, 2016. The 2016 theme and ticket sales date will be announced at Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s “Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge” in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14. With plans to again take over ALL FOUR LEVELS of Hy-Vee Hall and Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, the one-day event plans to comfortably accommodate up to 14,500 bacon-loving participants and volunteers. Brooks Reynolds, Chair of the...

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Release of Mockumentary Film “State of Bacon”

State of Bacon, the world’s first bacon-inspired mockumentary film documenting the infamous Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa, will be made available on iTunes and Google Play starting on September 5, 2015, which is also International Bacon Day.   "Written and directed by Jason Cook, the movie tells the kinda real but mostly fake tale of an oddball group of characters leading up to the cult-like celebration that is the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Bacon-enthusiasts, Governor Branstad, Senator Grassley, a bacon queen, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, members of PETA, and an envoy of Icelanders are not excluded from this bacon party and during...

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Southern Living’s Bourbon & Bacon

My love of bacon is no secret. My love of bourbon is also fairly well known among those who have ever enjoyed a cocktail with me. So when I got my hands on a copy of Southern Living Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South's Favorite Foods, you'd think I would have immediately set aside an entire evening to read it cover to cover, right?   Wrong.   I don't know what happened to the last year, but clearly my priorities have been out of whack because this book by Morgan Murphy has been sitting in my "to do" pile for way...

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