On February 9, 2013, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, the World’s premier bacon festival, will provide temporary asylum for Icelandic bacon refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of the impending European bacon crisis. Reykjavik resident and bacon enthusiast, Àrni Georggson explained, “I had the opportunity to speak with members of the Iowa Bacon Board in house of Höfði at the International Bacon Summit in August. They spoke of a dreamland where pigs outnumber people 8 to 1 and the beer flows like the river of Ölfusá.” In a voice of determination, Georggson continued, “When the crisis hits and prices break 2,500 Krona per kilo of bacon, I’ll be enjoying myself in Iowa or ‘Valhalla’ as Icelanders have come to know it.”
As the European Union nations and Iceland begin to adjust to increased regulation and higher feed prices, production of pork is expected to fall by as much as 5 percent next year, predicts Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Brooks Reynolds, cofounder of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, believes the shortage will not only increase international demand for U.S. pork exports, but also for bacon tourism. Reynolds explained, “As concern over Europe’s expected pork shortage has grown, the Iowa Bacon Board has received a sizable increase in inquiries from all over the world. As a result, we have decided to double the number of tickets available to the event.” Reynolds continued with fervor, “But, we are especially concerned about accommodating our Icelandic bacon refugees. When the Iowa Bacon Board attended the International Bacon Summit in Reykjavik earlier this year, we pledged to see them through tough bacon times. Little did we know, a crisis would fall upon their great country sooner rather than later.”
The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Ticket sales will be announced in November. Historically, the festival has doubled in size every year and sold out quickly. With plans to accommodate 8,000 bacon lovers the event will again take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Varied Industries Building with the new addition of the Elwell Family Food Center will allow for a larger variety of food vendors, bacon purveyors, entertainment, bacon education lectures and beverage stations.
When asked what’s in store for the 2013 event, Reynolds hinted, “The Iowa Bacon Board wants to do everything we can to make the Icelanders feel at home. That is everything short of smuggling in a couple baleen whales and putting them into Gray’s Lake.”
For information on how bacon purveyors, restaurants and businesses can participate in the 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival go to www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.