Inspiring Others Through Bacon Competition
A variety of professionally and not-so-professionally judged contests take place before and during the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. These included: Bacon Purveyor Competitions, Bacon-Inspired Dish Competitions, Bacon Eating Competition, Bacon T-Shirt Design Contest, Bacon Song Contest and the Bacon Queen Pageant.
BACON PURVEYOR COMPETITIONS
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is not only about sampling quality bacon but is also a competition. Bacon Purveyors enter their bacons to be judged by the festival’s professional judging panel. Based upon appearance, scent, smoke, flavor, texture and balance the top three bacons are awarded in a variety of categories. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and recognized around the world as symbols of bacon excellence.
BACON-INSPIRED DISH COMPETITIONS
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival holds bacon-inspired dish competitions for participating local chefs and restaurateurs. Chefs and restaurateurs enter their dishes to be judged by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel. Based upon appearance, scent and taste the top three dishes of both a sweet and savory category are awarded. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and recognized around the world as symbols of bacon excellence.
T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
Bacon t-shirt fashion plays an important role on the day of the festival, causing plenty of people to feel under dressed. Local and international artist help the cause by submitting their original t-shirt designs in a Facebook contest. We’ll print the winner on a bunch of shirts and stock them in the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival merch booth and online. In exchange for your design, you’ll receive 4 printed shirts with your design along with 4 general admission tickets to the festival.
Have you ever bitten into a piece of bacon and found yourself so overwhelmed with the taste that the only thing you can do is burst into song? We’ve been there. So, every year, the Iowa Bacon Board invites bacon-lovers from around the world to send in their bacon-themed songs for judging. The winner receives free tickets for the band and the opportunity to perform live at the festival.
BACON QUEEN PAGEANT
“With great power comes great responsibility,” as Uncle Ben sagely advised Peter Parker – as is the annual reign of the Bacon Queen. This popular pageant begins with hundreds of submissions from bacon-loving women across the midwest via online voting hosted by Juice Magazine. The top ten winners move on to compete in the live Bacon Queen Pageant held at Johnny’s Hall of Fame.
BACON EATING CONTEST
Since the inaugural festival in 2008, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s Amateur Bacon Eating Competition has mesmerized audiences and inspired viral YouTube videos. Each contestant begins with a plate of cooked bacon weighing 3 lbs. When Seth Hall, the man on the bullhorn, shouts, “Go!” aspiring eating athletes attempt to devour the pile of goodness. The crispy bacon tests the roofs of their mouths, their jaws, but most importantly…their courage.