OHHHH, BACON!. To improve the enjoyment of all things bacon by providing education, recognition, advocacy and research on behalf of the masses, everyone, everywhere, all of them. We are serious. Seriously, dudes. Seriously. MISSION. ABOUT. The World’s Premier Bacon Festival
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To improve the enjoyment of all things bacon by providing education, recognition, advocacy and research on behalf of the masses, everyone, everywhere, all of them. We are serious. Seriously, dudes. Seriously.
The World’s Premier Bacon Festival
Unlimited sampling of bacon from the most extensive variety of bacon purveyors in one place
Richest bacon educational lecture series in the known universe
Largest gathering of bacon enthusiasts
Unique bacon-inspired competitions and awards
10% of proceeds go to support local charities
Summer of 2001 a group of men began celebrating bacon at an annual retreat in Spirit Lake, IA
In 2007, the group earned “All About Bacon Diplomas” from Living History Farms
On March 1, 2008, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival was born at the High Life Lounge in Des Moines, IA
On Feb. 18, 2012 the annual festival grew to accommodate over 4,500 participants
On the day of ticket sales the festival website attracted 16,234 total visits and 11,622 unique users. The average visit duration was 4 minutes and 38 seconds.
Tickets sell out quickly every year. In 2013, the total of 8,000 tickets sold out in just over 3 minutes in an online only sale.
Bacon Lovers From 39 States & 7 Countries will be in attendance in 2013
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Facebook Page has 5,955 “likes” as of January 17, 2013.
The largest group is the 25-34 age group (19% female 15% male), followed by 35-44 year-olds (12% female 9.4% male).
A variety of competitions take place before and during the festival. Among them are:
Bacon Eating Contest
Bacon Song Contest
Best Bacon Award
Best Bacon Inspired Dish Award
The Bacon Lecture Series brings together some of the most brilliant bacon minds providing festival attendees with the opportunity to challenge their bacon knowledge and beliefs.
A furry pig named, Blue, is the official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.
The popular Bacon Showcase provides individuals with the opportunity to sample the largest assortment of bacon brands and talk directly to brand reps.
“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.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Feb. 18, 2012
“Ten Reasons To Visit Des Moines:
#8. Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival-- Iowans know pork, and what better way to embrace it than in its most delectable form.”
Brooke Bridenstine, Special Correspondent
March 12, 2012
“The simple pleasure of gripping a fistful of bacon strips in one hand, and an ice cold beer in the other.”
THE DES MOINES REGISTER
Jens Manuel Krogstad
Feb. 18, 2012
“Des Moines Welcomes Thousands of Bacon Fans:
Only in Iowa will people come together to eat a bunch of bacon-covered bacon.
Feb. 20, 2012
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is a down-home, turf-kicking party.
Feb. 1, 2012
“Single-Food Festivals Worth a Thousand-Mile Journey:
“What is Better than Bacon?
The folks in Des Moines, Iowa have
come up with an idea. They want to pay homage to a breakfast food. Man, ohhhh, man.”
ESPN First Take
April 19, 2012
“The mother of them all (bacon festivals) is the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.”
“Described as the “Mecca of All Bacon Festivals.”
May 24, 2012
We take our community seriously. Seriously, dudes. Seriously.
That’s why a portion of event proceeds along with auction packages have gone to support the following local non-profits:
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
Hanawalt Elementary School
The Iowa Culinary Institute
Leukemia Lymphoma Society
The Principal Charity Classic
Variety – The Children’s Charity
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Blank Children’s Hospital
Boys & Girls Club
Central Iowa Shelter Services
Children’s Cancer Connection
Des Moines Derby Dames
John Stoddard Cancer Center
Habitat for Humanity
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Promotes the Festival Around the World
The Tour has Hosted Events In:
Favorite Festival Memory: “The excitement from the first bacon-eating contest. It was such a nice day, we were all outside and it was like a mini bacon stadium. The fervor and what people did to try to win that contest was intense.”
Area of Expertise: The food guy. The face guy. And, the deal maker. Brooks pairs his talents in philanthropy and insurance sales with his passions for bacon and people to lead the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival into the future.
Favorite Festival Memory: “At the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in 2011, I lead a group of people in executing the largest bacon parachute drop in the history of the world. 500 strips of bacon floating down from the sky. Needless to say, it was an emotional experience.”
Area of Expertise: The finance guy. The writer. And, the strategist. Marshall uses his talents in brand development and finance to manage the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival brand and keep the organization financially stable.
Favorite Festival Memory: “The first ‘OHHHH, BACON!’ cheer at the First Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival with 200 of our closest, newest, bacony friends. At that point we knew we had pulled something together special.”
Area of Expertise: The “let’s think about this”, dude. Seth uses his business development skills and knowledge of the internet, to manage the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival ticketing and check-in systems. He also, keeps the bacon train on its tracks through his experience in managing rapid growth within an organization.
Favorite Festival Memory: "In 2010, standing back and watching over 700 bacon lovers flow through the doors armed with Coors Banquets tallboys in hot pursuit of the Roller Derby Dames, who were rolling around with trays full of bacon burritos and maple bacon donuts."
Area of Expertise: The logistics man and the Sergeant. Mark knows how to organize and manage multiple crews of people to accomplish a multitude of objectives. The owner and operator of a first class lawn service and snow removal company, Mark gets the job done. His motto, “No one should stand in line for beer or bacon.”
Favorite Festival Memory: "In 2009, when a group of bacon enthusiasts decided to turn the bacon lectures into a drinking game. When the Bacon Professor said 'bacon' everyone had to drink. Needless to say, I do not encourage this."
Area of Expertise: As a Kansas City Barbecue Society Certified Judge, John oversees quality control. He ensures that the bacon is up to snuff. He also does his part in the bacon consumption department.