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Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival - Baconfest 2018

  • Iowa Events Center
  • Address: 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • February 17, 2018
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; After-Party goes until 10 p.m.
  • Price: $27.50 & up (After-Party $55 & up)

For the first time in Bacon Fest history, the all-day celebration of salty meat plans to extend festivities by two hours for an age 21-and-up after party featuring the 1990s & 2000s pop culture staple, Smash Mouth, known for hit single “All-Star.”  

In its 11th year, Bacon Fest returns Feb. 17, to the Iowa Events Center. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Smash Mouth-led “Club Sizzle” after party kicking off immediately after. Tickets start at $27.50 before fees & go on sale starting December 19 via Hy-VeeTix.com or at the Wells Fargo Arena Box office. A ticket package to Bacon Fest plus the Smash Mouth party costs $55 before fees, additional VIP packages are available.

This year’s Bacon Fest theme is coined “International Bacon Games,” a nod to the Winter Olympics slated to take place in South Korea. For the first time, the festival plans to allow bacon lovers of all ages into certain areas of the event. “We’ve wanted to use the ‘International Bacon Games’ theme for years & the timing seemed ideal,” Brooks Reynolds, chair of the Iowa Bacon Board, said. “Bacon-lovers will be encouraged to wear costumes representing real or fictional nations & athletes, enjoy bacon-inspired dishes from around the globe & compete in a variety of bacon-themed games.”

Along with chart-topping “All-Star,” Smash Mouth is known for tracks such as “I’m a Believer” from "Shrek" and “Walking on the Sun.”  The California-born group released its latest album, “Magic,” in 2012.

Level 1: Bacon Education Center:  Bacon-inspired lectures, cooking demonstrations, young bacon lover’s activities and the opportunity to earn Bacon Diplomas from the prestigious Blue Ribbon Bacon University.

Level 2: Bacon Fellowship Hall:  When bacon enthusiasts aren’t feeding their brains with knowledge, they can fill their stomachs by tasting among nearly 100 bacon-inspired dishes, sampling over 25 varieties of bacon and indulging in a variety of beverages.

Only those 21 AND OVER will be permitted on the top two levels of the building which will feature:

Level 3: The Bacon Strip:  Six interactive themed bars offering a number of craft cocktails, beers, bacon sampling, bacon-inspired dishes and a variety of entertainment.

Level 4: Club Sizzle:  Dance off the bacon in Club Sizzle. The pop-up Vegas-style night club will feature DJs and professional dancers.


Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival - Baconfest 2018