Governor of Iowa Welcomes International Bacon Ambassadors from Japan, Iceland and Belgium!

At 8 AM on Friday, Feb. 15, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will ‘break bacon’ with international delegations from Belgium, Iceland and Japan at Terrace Hill. Each group will have traveled an enormous distance to participate in Iowa’s most celebrated winter event – the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The bacon-hungry international envoys plan to present Governor Reynolds with gifts from their native countries to express their appreciation of Iowa’s most loved export.

"As the #1 pork-producing state in the country, it's no surprise Iowa has earned an international reputation for our Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival," stated Governor Reynolds. "I'm honored to 'break bacon' with delegations from Japan, Belgium and Iceland in recognition of our relationships and the importance of trade to our dedicated farmers who feed and fuel the world."

Iowa’s Governor won’t be alone in greeting these pork-hungry foreigners. Those attending the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on Saturday, February 16 will also have the opportunity to welcome them to our great state. Brooks Reynolds, baconfest cofounder, explains, “Each country will host a Bacon Embassy Booth in the Bacon Fellowship Hall (Hy-Vee Hall) where local bacon-lovers and our International Bacon Ambassadors can meet, exchange gifts, and share in ‘OHHHH, BACON!’ cheers.”

Tickets to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival are still available at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com.

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, 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.

About the Iowa Bacon Board

What started as a groups’ passion for “all things bacon” has evolved into the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, an international bacon tour and the movie “State of Bacon”. 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 10,000 bacon-lovers from all over the world. The bacon-centric organization also cohosts bicycle rides, annual festivals in Colorado, Iceland and Japan. AND, there is 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.