Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s Premiere Bacon Song Contest

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Sponsored by Beggin’ Strips is giving away 4 festival tickets to the person or group that comes up with the most bacony song ever composed. The winning artist(s) will also have the opportunity to perform their song live at the festival! Here’s how bacon fans can enter:

  1. Write and perform an original song about bacon (under 2 minutes, please)
  2. Upload a performance video to YouTube and post it to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Facebook Page
  3. The Iowa Bacon Board will choose the best song/video
  4. The winning song/video’s performers will receive a total of 4 free tickets to the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Sponsored by Beggin’ Strips AND the opportunity to perform the song live at the festival!

All entries must be posted to Facebook by Thursday, February 17 with the winning song announced on Friday, February 18! Those who wish to enter but do not have a Facebook account can still enter the contest by emailing the YouTube link to blueribbonbaconfestival@gmail.com.

Bacon LIVE: Bacon Jerky, the good, the bad, the yummy.

Sean and I reviewed Bacon Forever’s Bacon Jerky and found that it ranged from good to inedible. Watch or listen to the podcast to hear are reaction. I plan to write a full review next week.

Sean also shared some non-bacon bacon related news. I came to the concussion that people named Bacon need to stop giving bacon a bad name. It seems that if your last name is bacon your going to rob a bank to shoot someone. I guess I need to stop hatting Kevin Bacon since he seems to be an ok person.

Next week plan to review Tomatoes. Yes, you heard that right… tomatoes. I have a feeling your not going to want to miss this one.

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Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA

Hype is a dangerous thing. Often it leads to the disappointment of being underwhelmed. It forces you to expect, even demand, the exceptional and extraordinary. Living in Pittsburgh and being a regular Fat Head’s customer, the hype surrounding their award winning Head Hunter IPA has simply gone off the charts.

Banners of awards won by the beer hang in the popular South Side restaurant (1st Place National IPA Championships 2010, Gold Medal Winner – West Coast IPA Fest 2009, Silver Medal Winner American-Style IPA 2010 Great American Beer Fest, Top 25 Beers in the World 2009 – Draft Magazine). Twitter explodes with announcements when four-packs are available, with the warning that they will not last long. Giant chalk boards are dedicated to the beer in the bar in Pittsburgh, boasting the beer’s tagline: “Uncivilized and Aggressive”.

All this hype could set an IPA-loving beer wench up for a catastrophic letdown. To say the least, Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA did not fail to impress.

The IPA pours beautifully clear, golden with a lacey, small head. I was treated immediately with an onslaught of sweet citrusy hops, enough to make your mouth water. The hop aroma is strong, with notes of tropical fruit, but also rich, with a depth that is really wonderful.

The taste of Head Hunter is in one word “crisp”. A level of hoppiness that I haven’t had the pleasure to encounter in many beers (locals: East End Big Hop is the only comparable beer that comes to mind). One might even say….”aggressive” hops, just like the bottle says. The hops hit you right up front, extremely bitter and reminiscent of grapefruit, orange zest, and lemon. The hops carry throughout the drink, leaving you with a delightful aftertaste, not too sweet, but very crisp and clean.

While the hop flavor in this beer is off the charts, I’m hesitant to agree with the “Uncivilized and Aggressive” tagline because it’s so darn drinkable. With similar beers I found even myself, a hop-lover of extreme proportions, understanding how folks could have a hard time warming up to the bitter beauties. Head Hunter IPA is different. As I enjoyed this brew I remarked to Mr. Baconpants, “I taste this and I think, really, if you don’t fall in love with beers like this, well, I think you’ve got to be crazy.”

That honestly sums it up. The hype is well deserved and I gladly add to it. Beer lovers as well as the casual drinker should try this, because, well, you are really doing yourself a disservice if you miss it. So with that, please do what you have to do (hopefully that means a visit to Pittsburgh, or, gulp…..Cleveland (shudder)) to try Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA. I couldn’t be prouder to be from an area of the country putting this stuff out.

Bacon Festival Tickets SOLD OUT

Never under estimate the power of bacon. All 1,500 Tickets for the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival sold in 4 minutes!

What an amazing accomplishment for the Bacon Board! I wanted to post this Friday but as soon as I heard the news I cracked open a bottle of bacon vodka (not really but I needed a good excuse).

Full Press Release:

January 21, 2011 (Des Moines, IA) – Tickets to the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival sponsored by Beggin’ Strips®, Fields of Bacon…If You Fry It, They Will Come are officially sold out. 1,500 tickets for the February 26th event were sold in 4 minutes in the online only sale. The Iowa Bacon Board was overjoyed at the response and mindful of those bacon lovers who weren’t able to purchase tickets in time. When asked why limit the availability of tickets, Brooks Reynolds, Iowa Bacon Board Chair, responded “Over the past 4 years the Iowa Bacon Board has increased the event’s size by a factor of 10, and we’re committed to growing the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival into the future. At the same time, we’re determined to maintain an environment where bacon enthusiasts can truly explore and express their love for bacon in a fun, loving and supportive atmosphere. To accomplish this, we must grow the event at a manageable pace.”
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Bacon LIVE: Bacon from Space

Sean and I covered a lot ground on Bacon LIVE this week. One of the topics that stuck with me was when we starting talking about alien bacon. Other plants must have bacon… right? If we ever get visited by an alien life forum thats the first thing I am asking. “Do you have bacon and can I try it?”

We also announced that tickets would be going to sale today for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Sadly if you missed out tickets are sold out. This is great news for the guys that put it on and I can’t wait to see what they have plan this year.

Tune in next week, Sean and I will be reviewing many flavors of bacon jerky!

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Fourth Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

It’s that time of year again when I start to get ready for my yearly pilgrimage to Des Moines, IA for the Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Looks like the Brooks and the Bacon Board are really stepping it up this year. With the help of a national sponsor they hope to bring in over 1,500 bacon lovers from around the country (maybe even around the world). Seems like every year the double in size and some how keep the original feel and idea alive. A feat that some big events find hard to do.

Tickets are going on sale January 21st a noon. This event sells out really fast so if you want tickets you better set your alarm so you don’t forget. If you miss out on ticket not even the great Mr. Baconpants will be able to help you.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area and plan to go let me know. It would be cool to setup a Burgh wagon train to Des Monies. It will be way for us to get back to our pioneering days… but with cars.

Fourth Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

  • When – Saturday, February 26th, 10am – 4pm
  • Where – Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Attendance – Planning to accommodate over 1,500 bacon lovers
  • Tickets – Tickets are $40 for entry into the main event, and $125 for entry to the festival as well as the Bacon Elegance Dinner on the evening of February 22nd. The main event ticket entitles the holder to a commemorative T-shirt, koozie, a wide array of bacon inspired delights from various food vendors, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, bacon educational lectures, and a free drink ticket. Due to 2010’s quick sellout, the maximum ticket purchase will be two (2) per order.
  • Consumption –Last year’s 750 attendees consumed 1,200 lbs of bacon which is approximately 30,000 strips. If laid end to end it would reach the height of Empire State Building, 12 times over!
  • Competition – Manni Balignasay is the 3-time Blue Ribbon Bacon Eating Champion in 2008, 2009 & 2010.
  • 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: Eden Farms, Falls Brand, Farmland, Hormel, Iowa Farm Families, Niman Ranch, Polehnas, Vande Rose Farms and more.
  • 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: 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: Suzanne Reynolds Arnold, Seth Hall, Mark Pederson, Marshall Porter, Brad Proctor, John Tiffany and Brooks Reynolds.
  • Our Mascot – A furry pig named, Blue, is the official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Full press release after the jump.

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Bacon LIVE: BLTs could always use more bacon!

Last night one Bacon LIVE Sean and I had to fight off a vegan. Luckily, we used the kill them with kindness tactic and they left the chat-room. We tried to reason with them but they proved unreasonable. I guess that happens when you have unreasonable restrictions on your own diet.

We also talked about how microwaves and toaster overs amaze us with their uncanny ability to ruin what ever we are trying to cook in them. Sean also brought up my latest bacon obsession, bacon wrapped tater-tots. Sonic is the only fast food company that has tots, so they really need to get on the ball and start wrapping them with bacon! That’s a million dollar idea.

One of the more important things we talked about was the bacon to other meat ratio in a BLT. Sean believes that you can have another type of meat in your BLT, but the bacon better be that star. I would have to say I agree with him. What are your thoughts on this?

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