Icelandic Vikings Set Sail in Search of Bacon Asylum in Iowa

Icelanders Will Find Refuge at the 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival on February 9, 2013 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

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In February of 2013, Icelandic Vikings will set sail for Valhalla, otherwise known as Iowa, in search of bacon.

...a dreamland where pigs outnumber people 8 to 1 and the beer flows like the river of Ölfusá.

Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) October 10, 2012

On February 9, 2013, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, the World’s premier bacon festival, will provide temporary asylum for Icelandic bacon refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of the impending European bacon crisis. Reykjavik resident and bacon enthusiast, Àrni Georggson explained, “I had the opportunity to speak with members of the Iowa Bacon Board in house of Höfði at the International Bacon Summit in August. They spoke of a dreamland where pigs outnumber people 8 to 1 and the beer flows like the river of Ölfusá.” In a voice of determination, Georggson continued, “When the crisis hits and prices break 2,500 Krona per kilo of bacon, I’ll be enjoying myself in Iowa or ‘Valhalla’ as Icelanders have come to know it.”

As the European Union nations and Iceland adjust to increased regulations and higher feed prices, production of pork is expected to fall by as much as 5 percent next year, predicts Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Brooks Reynolds, cofounder of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, believes the shortage will not only increase international demand for U.S. pork exports, but also for bacon tourism. Reynolds explained, “As concern over Europe’s expected pork shortage has grown, the Iowa Bacon Board has received a sizable increase in inquiries from all over the world. As a result, we have decided to double the number of tickets available to the event.” Reynolds continued with fervor, “But, we are especially concerned about accommodating our Icelandic bacon refugees. When the Iowa Bacon Board attended the International Bacon Summit in Reykjavik earlier this year, we pledged to see them through tough bacon times. Little did we know, a crisis would fall upon their great country sooner rather than later.”

The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Ticket sales will be announced in November. Historically, the festival has doubled in size every year and sold out quickly. With plans to accommodate over 8,000 bacon lovers the event will again take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Varied Industries Building with the new addition of the Elwell Family Food Center will allow for a larger variety of food vendors, bacon purveyors, entertainment, bacon education lectures and beverage stations.

When asked what’s in store for the 2013 event, Reynolds hinted, “The Iowa Bacon Board wants to do everything we can to make the Icelanders feel at home. That is everything short of smuggling in a couple baleen whales and putting them into Gray’s Lake.”

For information on how bacon purveyors, restaurants and businesses can participate in the 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival go to http://www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com or email blueribbonbaconfestival(at)gmail(dot)com.

History
What started as a groups’ passion for “all things bacon” has evolved into the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. In 2001, a group of guys began celebrating bacon during an annual weekend retreat 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.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Described as the “Mecca of all bacon festivals”, 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 participants: extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, awards, live entertainment and bacon camaraderie.
The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Ticket sales will be announced in November. Historically, the festival has doubled in size every year and sold out quickly. With plans to accommodate over 8,000 bacon lovers the event will again take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Varied Industries Building with the new addition of the Elwell Family Food Center will allow for a larger variety of food vendors, bacon purveyors, entertainment, bacon education lectures and beverage stations.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
Established in 2009, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour brings a piece of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival experience to the masses, everyone, everywhere, all of them. Over the past three years, the tour has hosted events in: Keystone, CO; Reykjavik, Iceland; Phoenix, AZ; Boise, ID; and Pittsburg, PA.

Bacon Week
Bacon Week is comprised of 7 days of scheduled activities in Des Moines, IA during which bacon lovers are encouraged to celebrate all things bacon. The festivities traditionally include a kick-off bacon brunch, bacon elegance dinners, a bacon queen pageant, a make bacon at home day and culminates on Saturday with the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. In 2013, Bacon Week is scheduled to begin on Sunday, February 3th.

Festival Details
What – 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

When – Saturday, February 9, 2013, 10am – 5pm

Where – Iowa State Fairgrounds, Varied Industries Building and Elwell Family Food Center

Ticket Availability – Date of ticket sales will be announced in November.

Consumption – Last year attendees of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and “Bacon Week” consumed 6,000 lbs of bacon which is approximately 96,000 strips. If laid end to end it would nearly be half the diameter of Neptune!

Competition – A variety of professionally judged competitions take place before and during the festival. This includes a variety of bacon purveyor awards, restaurant awards, eating contests, song contests and a bacon queen pageant.

Bacon Showcase – The popular Bacon Showcase provides individuals with the opportunity to sample some of the nation’s best bacon brands and talk directly to brand reps. In previous years the following bacon brands have been showcased:

  • Applegate Farms
  • Compart Family Farms
  • Corky’s Cookout
  • Des Moines Bacon Company
  • Eden Farms
  • Falls Brand
  • Farmland, Hormel    
  • Iowa Farm Families
  • Iowa Select Farms
  • Lohrville Locker
  • Niman Ranch
  • Polehnas
  • Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods
  • Vande Rose Farms

Bacon Lecture Series – 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. Past lecturers include:

  • Austin Gill, Do-It-Yourself Bacon Purveyor
  • Jonathan A. Campbell, MS with Iowa State Meat Laboratory
  • Leo Landis, The Bacon Professor
  • Scott Bush, Templeton Rye Whiskey

Iowa Bacon Board – Members of this highly esteemed board include: Seth Hall, Mark Pederson, Marshall Porter, John Tiffany and Brooks Reynolds.

Our Mascot – A furry pig named, Blue, is the official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

For Information Contact:

Brooks Reynolds, p: 515.259.0224, blueribbonbaconfestival(at)gmail(dot)com
http://www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com
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