Greetings Bacon Nation:

For those of you in Chicago-land serious about your Bacon-love, AND willing to drive for it, our pal and LEGENDARY bacon aficionado Ari Weinzweig is hosting an event in Ann Arbor Michigan called Zingerman’s Camp Bacon.  You heard me.  CAMP BACON.

This just in from our Zingerman’s friends:

We’ve launched the Zingerman’s Camp Bacon site and we’re now going full speed ahead.

Saturday JUNE 19th.  The price is $150.

It’s going to be an incredible event. We’ve got Allan Benton coming to do a dry curing demo and then we’re going to have a hands-on pancetta curing session (campers will cure their own pork!) with Herb Eckhouse form La Quercia in Iowa. Molly Stevens (James Beard Award-winning cookbook author) will do a cooking demo that’ll lead into lunch from Zingerman’s Catering (a BLT bar! Oh, and there’s breakfast to start the day too). Plus, Ari will be running the show and leading a comparative bacon tasting. And, campers get a free shirt and a signed copy of Ari’s book:  Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon.

That’s the main event. We’ve also got a free bacon street fair after that event from 3 to 5 on Saturday which will be vendors plus our businesses sampling and selling and we’ve got Andre “Bacon Fat” Williams playing a gig at the Roadhouse to kick it off Friday night.

Read all about Camp Bacon at their new Website: and join their Facebook/Twitter groups.

Also joining Ari are Baconfest Chicago veterans Megan Dorsch of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats (one of our MAJOR AWESOME sponsors), and Nick Spencer of Spencer Foods (who made his product release debut with Baconfest Chicago on April 10th).  And that is just the beginning of the delights which await in Ann Arbor.

How far is it really from Chicago?  I took the liberty of google-mapping:  Can be done in a 4hr drive.  We at Baconfest Chicago recommend making a weekend out of it.  Get there Friday and catch the Kick-off party at night.  Enjoy the Camp all day Saturday.  Drive back leisurely and take in the gorgeous southern Lake Michigan coastal scene on Sunday.  Just a suggestion.

Seriously, Ari and the Zingerman’s gang are THE REAL DEAL when it comes to the Indie Bacon scene.  If you can swing it, get June 19th in your books!  We’ll be there, no doubt.


Andre Von Baconvitch