The 2nd annual Japan Bacon Festival is back with double the bacon! Organizers of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa are returning to Japan to cohost the event. The “Bacon Wars: The Pork Loin Strikes Back” theme showcases the addition of pork loin on the menus, with donated products from Smithfield.
“Sharing our insane passion for pork with other cultures inspires us. We love seeing how their unique perspectives lead to both using and celebrating pork in ways we’ve never dreamed.” Says Brooks Reynolds, co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Chairman of the Iowa Bacon Board.
The event will also double the space and move from one to two days. The event will be Sept. 29 and 30 in two adjacent parks outside Kofu Central Station.
- Free bacon samples from Jones Dairy Farms and Berkwood Farms
- Bacon and pork loin-inspired cuisine by over 20 local restaurants
- Live entertainment
- A Japan Bacon Queen Pageant
- A bacon eating contest
- A bacon themed bike ride
- Chef awards for the best use of bacon and best use of pork loin
- International pork fellowship
The inaugural Japan Bacon Festival took place on Nov. 3, 2017, attracting more than 10,000 bacon-loving participants and sparking nation-wide media coverage across Japan. The festival is a result of an ongoing collaboration between the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Junior Chamber International Kofu (JCIK) with the goal of celebrating the Iowa Hog Lift - a historic humanitarian effort that took place in 1959. Japan had been devastated by two huge typhoons, and Iowa’s response was to airlift 36 breeding hogs and ship 100,000 bu. of corn to help with the recovery effort. The initiative is credited with setting the stage for Iowa and Yamanashi becoming Sister States by formal agreement, opening markets in Japan for U.S. goods and services, and initiating agricultural cooperator programs between the U.S. and Japan.