Celebrate Bacon and Earn a Diploma at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
For the 3rd year straight, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will partner with Keystone Neighbourhood Company to bring the popular Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour back to Keystone Resort, Colorado on June 22nd and 23rd. This year participants will find more bacon, more bacon-inspired cuisine, live music and a new and improved bacon education series. Event co-founder, Brooks Reynolds explained, “The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour believes bacon education is at the core of a healthy bacon economy. So, we’ve strengthened our lecture series by adding famous bacon purveyors to the ranks of Certified Bacon Instructors. From Eden Farms’ Nick Jones, Des Moines Bacon Company’s Jim Reis, Tender Belly’s Shannon Duffy and Denver Bacon Company’s Justin Brunson, participants are sure to receive a first class bacon education.”
If sitting in a lecture with a slice of bacon, a cold drink and earning an All About Bacon Diploma isn’t your thing, then feel free to cut class and join fellow bacon-lovers in celebrating the magnificence of all things bacon, listen to live music from bands like Hell’s Belles and the Steeldrivers and all while enjoying icy cold beverages. Festival organizer, Maja Russer, stated, “In the words of Ferris Bueller, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ And, by ‘it’, I’m sure Mr. Bueller meant ‘BACON’.”
The two-day event will feature more than a ton of Iowa and Colorado bacon (3,000 lbs.) along with bacon-inspired cuisine from over 18 food vendors, Colorado’s Biggest Bacon Bloody Mary Bar, live music, and samples of Beggin’ Strips® for those with bacon-loving dogs at home. A limited number of ticket packages will be available online through www.keystonefestivals.com, while supplies last.
About Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Recognized as the “Mecca of all bacon festivals”, the world’s premier bacon festival takes place annually in Des Moines, IA. Organized and promoted by the Iowa Bacon Board, the uniquely quirky celebration offers participants: extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen, bacon awards, live entertainment and bacon fellowship.
About Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour
Established in 2009, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour brings a piece of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival experience to the masses, everyone, everywhere all of them. Over the past two years, the tour has hosted events in: Keystone, CO; Reykjavik, Iceland; Phoenix, AZ; Boise, ID; and Pittsburg, PA. Planned tour destinations in 2013 include:
• Keystone, CO – June 22-23
• Reykjavik, Iceland – September 7
About Keystone Neighbourhood Company
The Keystone Neighbourhood Company (KNC) oversees all common areas at River Run, Ski Tip Ranch, Trappers Crossing, Alders, River Meadows and Settlers Creek Neighbourhoods at Keystone Resort in the Colorado Rocky mountains. Among many responsibilities, the KNC creates and maintains park and recreation areas and has reserve funds to provide athletic, cultural, recreational entertainment or other services in the Keystone Resort area.
What – Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, KEYSTONE Resort, CO
When – 1 – 6 pm, on both Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Where – River Run Village, 129 River Run Road, Keystone, CO 80435
Attendance – Plans to accommodate over 5,000 bacon lovers over a two-day period
Tickets – A limited number of Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour ticket packages will be available online through www.keystonefestivals.com, while supplies last. The ticket packages are as follows:
• 1-Day Saturday Only Big Pig Bacon Package – $30 BUY TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE
o Love bacon more than life itself? This is the package for you. Big Pig includes (1) event koozie, (1) pair of commemorative sunglasses, (5) Bacon Bucks for Vendor Food Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purvey Bacon Company Tents.
• 1-Day Sunday Only Big Pig Bacon Package – $30 BUY TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE
o Includes: (1) event koozie, (1) pair of commemorative sunglasses, (5) Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purveyor Tents
• Weekend Biggest Pig Bacon Package (Saturday and Sunday) – $50 BUY TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE
o One day of Bacon Heaven not enough? This is the Biggest Pig Package for you. Includes: (1) event koozie, (1) pair of commemorative sunglasses, (8) Bacon Bucks for Vendor Tents and unlimited bacon tasting at Purveyor Tents
Bacon Showcase – The popular Bacon Showcase provides purchasers of the Bacon Packages with the opportunity to sample some of the nation’s best bacon brands and talk directly to brand reps. This year the following bacon brands will be showcased: Tender Belly, Eden Farms, Des Moines Bacon Company and Denver Bacon Company, Daily’s??.
Bacon Bucks – Available throughout the festival grounds in $5 increments, Bacon Bucks will allow participants to purchase samples of gourmet bacon inspired cuisine throughout the day. Over 18 restaurateurs are expected to attend and will be serving up delicious bacon dishes for all to enjoy.
Free Live Music – Along with bacon cuisine you’ll enjoy free live music each day from Hamilton Loomis, the Steeldrivers and Hell’s Belles.
Bacon-Inspired Dish Competition – All restaurants will be participating in a professionally judged food competition with both a winner for best savory bacon dish and best sweet bacon dish.
Our Mascot – A furry pig named, Blue, is the official mascot of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour.