On August 23, delegates of the Iowa Bacon Board and Iceland Bacon Board will meet at the former French consulate for the inaugural International Bacon Summit. The purpose of the meeting is to establish a unified vision concerning bacon-related issues. These include but are not limited to: bacon trade barriers, bacon lover rights, bacon nutrition, bacon-inspired arts, bacon queen pageants and innovations in bacon-related cuisine.
Chair of the Iceland Bacon Board, Bogi Guðmundsson, commented on the venue. “There isn’t a better place to hold our discussions than the house of Höfði where the Reykjavik Summit was held between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in October of 1986.” Guðmundsson added, “While talks between Reagan and Gorbachev collapsed, the Iceland delegation and our U.S. counterparts have put a unique process in place to ensure we leave Höfði with a unified vision.”
Chair of the Iowa Bacon Board, Brooks Reynolds, further explained, “All participants have signed a preliminary agreement, promising not to leave Höfði until we drink all the Brennivín (known as Black Death), eat all the bacon-wrapped whale meat and agree on key measures that will greatly improve the enjoyment of bacon for everyone, everywhere, all of them.”
The International Bacon Summit will be followed by the first annual Reykjavík Beikon Festival, “Presented by Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour” on August 25. The bacon celebration will be open to the public with opening ceremonies taking place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Skólavörðustígur Street in downtown Reykjavik. There, bacon lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of American and Icelandic bacon, bacon-inspired dishes from local chefs, bacon educational lectures and live entertainment. At 7 p.m., the bacon celebration will continue at KEX Hostel with more bacon, live music, bacon, plenty of Viking Beer and more bacon.
For a country known internationally for its rich fishing industry, many find it confusing as to why Iceland would host the first International Bacon Summit, much less a festival dedicated to all things bacon. In response to this question, Bolli Ófeigsson, member of the Iceland Bacon Board, screamed from the depth of his Viking lungs, “OHHHH, BEIKON!” Well put, Mr. Ófeigsson…well put.