The Iowa Bacon Board has announced the official schedule for the much celebrated “Bacon Week” with bacon provided by Farmland. The festivities will begin on Sunday, February 3 and culminate on Saturday, February 9 with the SOLD OUT 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival– Viking Bacon Quest “A Journey to the Land of Fire…and Ice…and Bacon!”
The Inaugural Bacon Week schedule of events is as follows:
Sunday, February 3
Bacon Week Kickoff Brunch
1301 SE 1st, Des Moines, IA 50315
Free Thick Cut Applewood smoked bacon provided by Farmland, the most consumed bacon in Des Moines, from 11 AM – 2 PM. Every bloody mary, Coors, Coors Light or Pabst Blue Ribbon purchased from Sunday at 7 a.m. to Thursday at 8 p.m. gets one entry for a drawing for 2 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival tickets. The drawing will be held at 7 p.m. on “The Day of the Sleeping Pig” Friday, Feb. 7 and you must be present to win.
Monday, February 4
Bacon Elegance Dinner (SOLD OUT)
Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
For the lucky ticket holders, this luxurious evening begins at 6:00 PM and includes a 3 course menu with drink pairings.
Tuesday, February 5
Beer & Bacon Night
Exile Brewing Co.
1514 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Free Thick Cut Applewood smoked bacon provided by Farmland, the most consumed bacon in Des Moines, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Every Exile beer purchased from 6 PM p.m. 10 p.m. gets one entry to a drawing for 4 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival tickets. The drawing will be held at 10 p.m. on the same night. You must be present to win.
Wednesday, February 6
Viking Invasion Readiness Day
At Your House
Are you prepared for when bacon-hungry Icelandic Vikings land on Iowa shores late Thursday night? First, buy some Farmland bacon at your local grocery store. Then, while eating your bacon, share your Viking readiness plan on the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Facebook wall. Things to consider when preparing your plan:
- Blend In – If you look like a Viking, the vicious Icelanders may mistake you for one of their own allowing you to escape falling victim to bacon thievery. So, put on a helmet, carry a sledgehammer…and hide your bacon.
- Sacrificial Bacon – It’s always good luck to provide a sacrifice in the name of Odin. So, fry up some bacon and put it out on your front step. Keep in mind, Nordic Gods are known for disguising themselves as raccoons.
Thursday, February 7
Annual Bacon Queen Pageant
Johnny’s Hall of Fame
302 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
From 5 PM to 10 PM munch on free Thick Cut Applewood smoked bacon provided by Farmland, the most consumed bacon in Des Moines, enjoy drink specials and cheer as one lucky gal is crowned the 2012 Bacon Queen. The Pageant begins at 7 PM. The Queen will be crowned at 9 PM and receive a prize package that includes:
- A sash and tiara (And you get to keep it!)
- Opportunity to ride on the Bacon Festival float in Des Moines’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Two VIP tickets to the SOLD OUT Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
- $150 Von Maur gift card
- $75 Johnny’s Hall of Fame gift card
- Four invitations to the exclusive Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival After Party.
Friday, February 8
Day of the Sleeping Pig
At Your House
This is a day dedicated to rest and preparation for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Remove all tight fitting jewelry and drink plenty of water. Locate your favorite bacon haiku to share with your friends, put on a bacony t-shirt, pick up your Viking costume at the drycleaners and get excited that you’re in Iowa during the culmination of Bacon Week!
Saturday, February 9
6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival– Viking Bacon Quest (SOLD OUT)
“A Journey to the Land of Fire…and Ice…and Bacon!”
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA
The world’s premiere bacon festival begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Attendees will experience a place where bacon enthusiasts can truly explore and express their love for bacon in a fun, imaginative and supportive atmosphere. And, remember wear a Viking helmet…we’d hate to see a hungry Icelandic Viking steal your bacon. OHHHH, BACON!
Join the after parties
Johnny’s Hall of Fame
302 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Beginning at 6p.m. with $3 Coors/Coors Light and Pearl Vodka drinks. A copy of a festival ticket is also good for a buy one get one free drink.
The Exchange at Court Center
216 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Beginning at 6p.m. with $4 Iowa craft beers, Crown Royal drinks and bombs. A copy of a festival ticket is also good for a buy one get one free drink.
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