The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is in its eighth year and will have 17,000 attendees in Des Moines, Iowa on January 31, 2015.
Lecture series including:
– Bacon & Spam: A Love Story
– Bacon Science and Technology
– Bacon South of Interstate 80
– How to Build a Hormel Bacon Stadium
– Beer, Bacon, Breakfast and Beer
– DIY Charcuterie: from belly to bacon
Club Sizzle – a nightclub, during the day
Bacon the Immortal vs the Bacon Brothers (Tofu and Turkey) – a wrestling match to see which reigns supreme
Over 100 bacon-inspired dishes
Miss Bacon contest
Lots of entertainment and beer drinking.
Deviled Eggs with Candied Jalapeno Bacon at High West Distillery = amazing. I’m also loving their bottled Manhattan mix.
Grilled cheese and bacon sandwich served with tomato basil soup at Zoom in Park City, Utah.
Après ski bacon bloody at Drafts at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
I’m writing an article about the best (or most interesting) bacon-related food or drink in every state. Let me know your nominations!
I was greeted by a delightful package on my doorstep upon arriving at home last Friday. Nearly four pounds of Dreymiller & Kray bacon were waiting for me, a package each of pepper bacon, hickory smoked bacon, applewood smoked bacon, and, the flavor I was most eager to try, Goose Island Matilda Beer Bacon.
Good bacon should be shared with friends, and as luck would have it I was playing in a curling tournament over the weekend. After winning our Saturday game, we learned that we would be playing again at 7:30 am on Sunday. So on Saturday night, I cooked up the 4 packages of bacon for distribution to the next morning’s players (I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 13 minutes).
Not surprisingly, all the bacon was consumed quickly after arriving at the club. The pepper bacon seemed to be the most popular as it disappeared the fastest, but all 4 flavors were enjoyed by all. I was particularly intrigued by the beer bacon which I had never tried before. Beer is actually used during the curing process, and while subtle, you can definitely smell and taste a distinct beer flavor in this bacon. It gave the bacon a slightly sweeter taste, at least according to my palate, and it was an interesting and delicious flavor twist. While I enjoyed the other 3 flavors as well, the beer bacon was definitely my favorite.
Tickets for the 8th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival – “Baconmania VIII, The Greatest Bacon Event of All Time!” – will be sold online through a link at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com on 12/13/14 beginning at 12:13:14 p.m. The event will be held at the Iowa Events Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
In interviews about my blog/book, 2 of the questions I get asked the most are: 1) When/why did the recent bacon trend start? 2) Is ‘baconmania’ ever going to end? This Businessweek article does a better job of breaking it down than any other article that has attempted to decode the ‘bacon trend’ in the past couple years. And the “publishers handed out bacon book deals” line made me LOL.