The Biggest Blue Ribbon Bacon Fest Ever

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is back Saturday and is bigger than ever. On its 8th year, organizers have chosen the theme "Baconmanie VIII: The Greatest Bacon Even of All Time." But the thing returning bacon lovers will notice is the size.

Now being held at the Iowa Events Center, this event nearly doubled in size going from 160,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet, utilizing four floors. The first floor will feature the Bacon Education Center, where guests can sit in on lectures. The busiest area will likely be on the second floor with Bacon Fellowship Hall and Baconmania Hall which will feature 100 different bacon inspired dishes. Bacon Strip will be on the third floor with six interactive themed bars. And if you want to sweat off some of that bacon you can dance on the fourth floor at Club Sizzle.

“We live eat and breathe the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. We meet about it every week. We are driven by trying to have it be the world’s premier bacon festival. And that’s what our goal is and that’s what I think we are,” said Iowa Bacon Board Chairman Brooks Reynolds.

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is the largest of its kind in the country. In past years the festival has sold out in a matter of hours, but because this is a larger venue they still have tickets available. To purchase your tickets go to:


  • Rebecca Hergert

    You don’t want to eat this everyday!!
    We go to B-Bops. Sometimes I get Bacon Double Cheese Burger. But not all the time!!

  • Big Al

    Do the math please. Nearly doubling in size from 160,000 square feet should mean somewhere around 320,000. 240,000 square feet is an increase of 50% or half of the doubling reported.

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