by Mary Gottschalk
With the end of the world forecast (again) for 2012, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will provide instructions for preserving bacon in the event of a cosmic cataclysm. Just in case.Notwithstanding this bit of tongue-in-cheekery, the Bacon Festival is serious business. Started in 2008 by a group of dedicated bacon lovers, the first festival served 200 people. By 2011 the daylong event served 3,500 pounds of bacon to 1,500 attendees.
According to Marshall Porter, one of the founders, they are planning for 4,000 people at this year’s event on Saturday, February 18, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
The festival includes sessions on innovative uses for bacon, a bacon-eating contest, and a variety of bacon-inspired taste treats. This year will offer such culinary wonders as maple-glazed bacon donuts and chocolate bacon ice cream. It will also offer apocalyptic survival training, notes Brooks Reynolds, chair of the sponsoring Iowa Bacon Board. “We want people to learn how to maintain a robust bacon diet even under dire conditions.”
For more information on times and location, visit blueribbonbaconfestival.com. Tickets go on sale December 29, 2011. (2011 tickets sold out in less than an hour!)