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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Maple Bacon Cookies by Rose

Rose from “Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri” recently emailed me to tell me about how she made bacon cookies. She seemed really excited about it in her email so I quickly clicked on the link to see what was up. To my surprise Rose found a way to step the classic bacon cookie up a notch with maple syrup and whisky.

Here is a sampling of her cooking style:

Again with the bacon! Set aside about seven strips of bacon. DO NOT EAT THEM. All of your eating bacon should come from the other bacon. Chop the other bacon up into smallish pieces. Eat as much as you want, but remember, the more bacon that goes in your stomach now, the less bacon you’ll have in your cookies later.

If you can’t tell already, Rose is a little out of control in the kitchen. Thankfully she takes tons of photos and has commentary that goes with each one. I’m not sure if what she posted is a recipe or story of someones struggle to not eat all the bacon.

Check out Rose’s recipe for all the entertaining details and photos.

Bacon LIVE: New Year, New Bacon LIVE

On last nights show Sean and I talked about the goals we set for yourselves last year. I wanted to start the ultimate bacon store and meet Kevin Bacon. Sean just wanted to finish one of his many writing projects. I bet you can’t guess who completed more of there goals.

We also talked about bacon in the news, none bacon related things, and how we have a fan that is a lip reader. Since we want Bacon LIVE to reach as many people as possible we are looking to get the show translated into Sign Language (closed captions are to easy), English, Canadian, and American. If you can help us with this let us know.

We hope you enjoy this new year of Bacon LIVE. This is are third year doing it so maybe well take it to the next level… more bacon!

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Bacon LIVE: End of the Year Show

Last night was Bacon LIVE’s end of the year show. Sean and I talked about what we got for Christmas and our best bacon movements of 2010.

I also tried to make this a more interactive show by asking Twitter and the chatroom the same two questions. I even used to sound board to have news brakes about what was being discussed by the chatters (or bits).

I think I ma starting to get the hang of the sound board and the show is starting to have a more organized formate. I can’t wait to see what the new year will bring to the show.

Thanks for helping to make this year successful one for Bacon LIVE. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

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