Organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in partnership with the Junior Chamber International Kofu (JCIK) will cohost the 2nd Annual Japan Bacon Festival on September 29-30 at Yokotaba Square in Kofu, Japan. The cross-cultural baconfest will offer attendees American-style and Japanese-style bacon, pork-inspired cuisine by local restaurants, beverages, food demonstrations, a chef exchange, live music, bacon-filled contests, and international bacon fellowship. A portion of festival proceeds will be used to support local charities.



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The Japan Bacon Festival was inspired by an historic humanitarian effort that took place in 1959. Japan had been devastated by two huge typhoons and Iowa’s response was to airlift 36 breeding hogs and ship 100,000 bushels of corn to help with the recovery effort. The initiative, referred to as the Iowa Hog Lift, is credited with setting the stage for Iowa and Yamanashi becoming Sister States by formal agreement, opening markets in Japan for US goods and services, and initiating agricultural cooperator programs between the United States and Japan.

A bond initiated with the sharing of pigs will be strengthened with the sharing of bacon.