"Embrace the high-octane, energetic, gleefully excessive nature of bacon culture."

FEBRUARY 5, 2015 - I’m sorry. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (BaconMania VIII) in Des Moines on Jan. 31 was designed on such a grandiose scale and executed so flawlessly that describing it in one single go would fail to capture even a sliver of how thoroughly enjoyable — gleeful, pure bliss...(READ MORE)

"There's still a whole lot right in the world!"

APRIL 30, 2014 - There's still a whole lot right in the world. For the first time ever a couple got married at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. For the love of bacon...(WATCH MORE)

"These days bacon is hardly just for breakfast."

APRIL 4, 2013 - These days bacon is hardly just for breakfast. And, to explain this is the founder of the world's largest bacon convention, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival...(WATCH MORE)

"If you weren't at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, I think you personally missed out."

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 - No matter how you spent your weekend, unless you were in Des Moines, IA for the 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, I think you personally missed out...(WATCH MORE)

"The event offers something to make every swine lover to swoon."

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 - On Saturday, pork aficionados will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, for the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, billed as America's "premier" bacon celebration. The event, which sold out all 4,000 tickets in 25 minutes, offers something to make every swine lover swoon: unlimited bacon samples, a bacon-eating contest, educational lectures, a bacon-themed songwriting contest and crowning of a new bacon queen. Organizers plan to serve up about three tons of the fatty strips....(READ MORE)