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Kansas City – Bacon Fest

There are only a handful of festivals across the nation totally dedicated to the love of bacon. As we all know, Kansas City has the best barbecue, but what you might not know is that it also has the best Bacon Fest! This is one of the most fun annual events in Kansas City! And not only is it great fun, but is also supports a great cause. Bacon Fest: The Other Fundraiser is a fundraiser for The Rehabilitation Institute of KC. This wonderful organization provides physical rehabilitation services to youth and adults in the Kansas City area.


A ticket to this year’s Bacon Fest got you a red plastic cup that could be used for all the Ameristar Casino micro brew beer you could drink, plus a sampling of bacon inspired dishes from some of Kansas City’s best eateries and caterers. Some of the delicious offerings included bacon brownies, bacon jam, bacon crème brule, bacon cheddar sausage and a whole hog!


Numerous other bacon goodies were available as well. If that wasn’t enough, there was also a bacon recipe contest, bacon t-shirt contest and a bacon eating contest! The recipe contest was won with a fantastic looking bacon apple pie. The bacon eating contest was won by spunky military wife from Nebraska. She really showed the boys how to compete!


As if this all wasn’t enough fun, there were two great sounding live bands and a shady relaxation lounge with fans and sunglasses sponsored by  Kansas City’s own Farmland Foods gave away their bacon slice samples and the Kansas Pork Association had trendy “stay calm and eat pork” aprons and gave away $250 worth of bacon to one local photo booth participant.

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The KPA also sponsored the grand and reserve prize packages for the recipe contest winners.  If there is any way to have more fun with bacon, I’d certainly like to know what it is! Be sure to put Bacon Fest on your agenda next year. You will not regret it. I bacontee it.

Until next time,


And for those who missed out on Bacon Fest this year, we haven’t forgotten about you…

Because you could win this book!


Here’s how you can win:

This recipe book has 125 “irresistible recipes” for bacon, but we want to know yours! What is your favorite dish to cook with bacon? It is the center of attention or the perfect garnish for that final touch? Leave a comment to let us know on this post.  The contest will close on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email, as well as announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner will need to respond to our email no later then Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST to be eligible to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed we will select another winner.

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39 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sasha #

    Our family loves potato soup with bacon crumbled on top!

    August 27, 2013
  2. Kelly Loganbill #

    Favorite bacon dish: Grilled, stuffed and bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers.

    August 27, 2013
  3. Mary Kay #

    I’m a purest…there is nothing in this world better than a BLT on my mom’s homemade bread with freshly picked tomatoes from the garden!

    August 27, 2013
  4. Natalie J Vandenberghe #

    oh, my goodness–I think bacon makes everything better! I add it to my baked beans, I put it on top of chicken breasts, wrap it around water chestnuts, add it to sandwiches, put it in waffles and cheese omelets, etc. I actually eat bacon all by itself (although I really like it with maple frosting or maple syrup). Wish I could’ve been there with you…sigh

    August 27, 2013
  5. wish we lived closer to attend these kind of things… our family raise beef, but have bacon about every morning!

    August 27, 2013
  6. Bill Bonfield #

    Bacon wrapped chicken lenders.. But bacon wrapped anything is the best!!

    August 27, 2013
  7. Deloris Sutton #

    There can’t be anything better or more American that a heaping pile of bacon on homemade bread and tomato sliced fresh from the garden. 🙂

    August 27, 2013
  8. Jennifer Coker #

    One of our favorite dishes with bacon is stuffing chicken breasts with cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, green onion, and diced bacon and then wrapping that in bacon and cooking in the oven….mmmmmm!!!

    August 27, 2013
  9. Keith Nebel #

    Bacon wrapped asparagus

    August 27, 2013
  10. Emiley Gaskill #

    One of my family’s favorite bacon dishes is cowboy baked beans loaded with plenty of thick sliced peppered bacon, yummy! We use a lot of bacon at our house!!

    August 27, 2013
  11. Our favorite recipe is a Broccoli Salad that includes real bacon bits (of course), grapes, sunflower seeds and more with an oil & vinegar dressing. Never bring any home from a potluck!

    August 27, 2013
  12. Phil Warren #

    Candied Bacon using homemade bacon

    August 27, 2013
  13. Amelia #

    Bacon smokies, Bacon and cheese dip, grilled bacon BLT, bacon and fried chicken sandwiches. We are big bacon believers! 🙂

    August 27, 2013
  14. James Berry #

    Bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin!

    August 27, 2013
  15. Shawn Steinle #

    Calico beans

    August 27, 2013
  16. Brenda Combs #

    I seem to cook a lot of bacon. My husband and parents love B.L.T s

    August 27, 2013
  17. cyndi tatro #

    Bacon quiche for a great break fast, brunch, lunch or supper

    August 27, 2013
  18. John Herron #

    I use bacon in a lot of meals, dishes, appetizers. I make an awesome BLT dip that with one bite it hooks you and you can’t seem to stop eating it. I compete in BBQ contests and use bacon in my recipes to add different taste you pork butts, shoulders, brisket and turkey. I go to a local butcher who has a lot of special flavored bacon that really enhances my dishes.

    August 27, 2013
  19. Bacon wrapped swiss steakt

    August 27, 2013
  20. Ray Downing #

    Bacon wrapped chili dogs

    August 28, 2013
  21. Alice Petty #

    I like to make meatloaf and then instead of putting catsup on top…I wrap bacon around the outside…Gives is such good flavor!!

    August 28, 2013
  22. Tom Klenke #

    I work in a beef processing plant! I need a change!!!! Bacon help me!

    August 29, 2013
  23. Reblogged this on A-Rod 42.

    August 29, 2013
  24. I love a good bacon burger. Dice it up and put it right in the patty 🙂 every bite has just the right amount of bacon flavor! I wish I could go to BaconFest.

    August 29, 2013
  25. I’m a huge fan of bacon and fig scones!

    August 29, 2013
  26. Nick G #

    Bacon jalapeño poppers! Amazing!

    September 3, 2013
  27. My favorite BACON dish is BACON-Wrapped Scallops

    September 3, 2013
  28. Michelle Lukenbill #

    Bacon wrapped tenderloin smoked on the grill is pretty awesome.

    September 3, 2013
  29. Michelle #

    Bacon and Eggs, BLTs and baked potato soup

    September 3, 2013
  30. Karen R #

    Love, love, love the Bacon Explosion!!!

    September 3, 2013
  31. J.L.Kneessi #

    I add bacon to everything! because everyone know Bacon makes anything better!!!

    September 3, 2013
  32. Bob J #

    Bacon wrapped bacon cheese meatballs

    September 3, 2013
  33. I cook cabbage with LOTS of bacon. So good my husband eats it in a sandwich.

    September 3, 2013
  34. Mark Gramaglia #

    Bacon, at’s ah nice!

    September 3, 2013
  35. missy kilgore #

    bacon wrapped hamburger steak, bacon frosted donuts.

    September 3, 2013
  36. Lisa Fuller #

    Well I can’t lie — a Bacon Lettuce tomato sandwich is the best thing ever — but only in summer when you have garden tomatoes — they other way to eat bacon is fried crispy under the broiler in oven and crumbled up on top of Baked Potato Soup yummy

    September 3, 2013
  37. Kansas Pork Farmers #

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest for the ‘Bacon Nation’ recipe book! As of 4:00 pm CST, Tuesday, September 3, our contest officially closed. We were excited to hear how creatively our readers use bacon, as well as how simple it can be to add it to a recipe. Thanks for sharing with us! Comments were each assigned a number and our winners were chosen with a random number generator.

    Our winner, who has already been notified via email is:
    John Herron

    Thanks again to everyone for participating. For more contests and giveaways, continue to follow us here on In Pursuit of Pork and check out ‘KansasPork’ on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

    September 3, 2013
  38. Christina Lawrence #

    Bacon is of course the centerpiece of a meal. My favorite to make is smokey brisket and bacon slathered together with BBQ sauce.

    August 7, 2014

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