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.
Sunday, February 3rd
Bacon Week Kickoff Brunch
Mullets – 1301 SE 1st, Des Moines, IA 50315
Free Thick Cut Applewood smoked bacon provided be Farmland, the most consumed bacon in Des Moines from 11AM – 2PM. Every bloody mary, Coors, Coors Light, or PBR purchased from Sunday at 7AM to Thursday at 8PM gets one entry for a drawing for 2 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival tickets. The drawing will be held at 7PM on “The Day of the Sleeping Pig” Friday, February 7th and you must be present to win.
Monday, February 4th
Bacon Elegance Dinner (SOLD OUT)
Catering DSM – 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 5th
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 6th
Viking Invasion Readiness Day
At Your House – Insert your own address here.
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:
Thursday, February 7th
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:
Friday, February 8th
Day of the Sleeping Pig
At Your House – No really, we don’t know your address.
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 9th
6th Annual Blur 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.