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What started as a groups’ passion for “all things bacon” has evolved into the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, an international tour and a movie. In 2001, a group of guys began celebrating bacon during an annual weekend retreat at the Porter Cottage in Spirit Lake, IA. Six years later, they pursued a deeper understanding of their favorite meat by earning “All About Bacon” diplomas from Living History Farms.


On March 1st, 2008, officially organized under the Iowa Bacon Board and led by Brooks Reynolds, they went on to found the world’s premier bacon festival:  a festival with the mission of improving the enjoyment of all things bacon by providing education, recognition, advocacy and research on behalf of the masses, everyone, everywhere, all of them.  They are serious.  Seriously, dudes.  Seriously.


Today the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is an annual event in Des Moines, Iowa attracting over 14,000 bacon-lovers from all over the world. The bacon-centric organization also hosts annual events in Keystone, Colorado and Reykjavik, Iceland. AND, There's even a MOVIE! 


In an effort to promote international bacon fellowship, the Iowa Bacon Board works tirelessly to share their message of joy, acceptance and celebration. Encouraging people throughout the world to put aside their differences, get goofy, have a few beers and break bacon together. Check and see if a bacon fellowship gathering is coming to a city near you by visiting the Tour Sectionl