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BACON BONANZA: The Men Behind The Bacon

Posted on: 6:20 pm, December 12, 2012, by , updated on: 06:35pm, December 12, 2012

Oh bacon! It used to just be a breakfast time favorite, now you’ll find it in sandwiches, desserts, and even drinks.

Tickets for the 6th annual Blue Ribbon Bacon festival went on sale Wednesday, and they didn’t last long.

Organizers say the tickets were sold out in just 3 minutes.

John Tiffany says there isn’t much he doesn’t like about a sizzling slice of bacon. “it’s the perfect food. It goes well with about anything.”

He and four friends got together to celebrate the breakfast staple in 2001.

“We’re just guys who started doing this with beer and bacon over 10 years ago and here we are today.”

Now, they’re a bacon board with titles like Sergeant of Bacon and Baconassiour.

The five guys hosted the first Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in 2008 at high life lounge.

One 120 people attended, and every year since, they’ve had to double the size of the event.  

Now, 8,000 bacon lovers are expected to fill two buildings on the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the 6th annual festival February 9th. For the price of a ticket, festival-goers get live music, 30 restaurants, 20 bacon varieties, and a bacon lecture series from the Iowa State Meat Scientist.

Vice President of Bacon Enjoyment Seth Hall says tickets are $35, ten less than last year.

He says that gets you all the slices you can sample.

The money raised will help the community, they’ve already raised about $50,000 since the festival started.

“We have a number of charities we sponsor. We also have given a scholarship to DMACC Culinary Institute, among other things we do. We’re really proud of what we do and like to share it with the community.”

Organizers say people from all over the nation bought tickets, and so did a few people living abroad.

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