Recognized as the “Mecca of all bacon festivals”, the much talked about Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival takes place annually in Des Moines, IA. Organized and promoted by the Iowa Bacon Board, the festival offers participants: extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, bacon awards, live entertainment and bacon camaraderie.
The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Ticket sales will be announced in November. Historically, the festival has doubled in size every year and sold out quickly. With plans to accommodate over 8,000 bacon lovers the event will again take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Varied Industries Building with the new addition of the Elwell Family Food Center will allow for a larger variety of food vendors, bacon purveyors, entertainment, bacon education lectures and beverage stations.