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Are You a Bacon Zealot? Check Out Camp Bacon

by Laura B. Weiss

What’s better than bacon?  Well, if you’re a diehard bacon freak, four days of bacon immersion sounds like a pretty fat-ulous way to spend an early summer weekend.

At this bacon bacchanalia, dubbed Bacon Camp by Zingerman’s, the Ann Arbor food purveyor who is behind the event, you can be sure you’ll eat lots and lots and lots of bacon.

The pig-out will run from May 31 to June 2 and includes an all-day bacon talk-a-thon June 2nd. At that gathering, you’ll get to hear some of the country’s top bacon luminaries hold forth on perhaps the piggiest of pork.There will be bacon educators (hmm, what’s that?), bacon historians and of course bacon makers and producers, including Alan Benton, of Benton’s Country Hams.

It’ll be “a weekend of bacon-focused expositions and feeds that make sense of our national love affair with all things smoky and piggy and good,” says John T. Edge, the food writer and head of the Southern Foodways Alliance, which will get the proceeds from the event.

In addition to the all-day June 2nd Bacon Camp, you can go whole hog at a bacon and BBQ dinner June 1st. There’s also a bacon street fair June 3rd that will be held at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

Are you sizzling with anticipation?

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Bacon Camp to be held at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI.

Emile de Felice – owner of Caw Caw Creek Farms, South Carolina – the ins and outs of sustainable hog farming
Allan Benton – founder and owner, Benton’s Country Hams – the tradition of pork curing in the Appalachians
Audrey Petty – author and poet – bacon and African American foodways
Geoff Emberling – PhD archeologist and museum curator – hog raising in the Middle East before Mohammed
Ji Hye Kim – founder of San Street – a brief survey of bacon cooking and eating in Asia
Ari Weinzweig – co-founding partner of Zingerman’s and author of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon – a look at bacon history in Hungary

For tickets and more information, click here.

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