Illustration by Brosmind

National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine named Des Moines’ Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival the Top Food Festival in Iowa. Adapted from National Geographic's new book, Great American Eating Experiences, the article offers a cross-country map of state-by-state cuisine celebrations. Within the cartoon map, 3 joyful slices of bacon are seen dancing over the state of Iowa.

Upon hearing the news Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s President, Brooks Reynolds responded, “We’re honored and humbled to be recognized as Iowa’s top food festival. Our wacky celebration would still be held at a little family cottage in Spirit Lake if it weren’t for the support of the City of Des Moines, our dedicated sponsors, food vendors, bacon purveyors and bacon-lovers. And, of course, let’s not forget to thank our farmers and livestock producers. They are at the root of what makes our state taste so great!”

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is regularly held each year in the month of February. Organizers plan to announce the official date for the festival’s much anticipated 10th Anniversary Celebration next week.

About the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Recognized as the world’s premier bacon festival, 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 food, fun, and most importantly international bacon fellowship. Bacon-enthusiasts from around the world gather for one day of extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen contest, bacon awards and live entertainment. Every year, the festival announces a wacky theme for attendees, bacon purveyors, restaurants and sponsors to embrace. From Baconmania VIII’s wrestling vibe to Viva Las Bacon’s tribute to old Vegas, everyone gets a little goofy to take part in the bacon madness.

Interview Requests: Brooks Reynolds, President of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board, will be available at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for live interviews today from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. To schedule an interview, please call or text (515)865-8078 or email brooks@brbfest.com.