'Bacon Camp' Is Real And It's 5 Days Long

Bacon fans, prepare to pork out. 

Camp Bacon is an annual food festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year’s upcoming five-day event features every activity a bacon lover could want, from bacon baking classes to a pig roast to bacon-based meals and talks with food journalists and chefs. It’s pretty much heaven for hog lovers, and the fresh-cooked bacon almost never stops flowing.

Zingerman’s, a collective of Ann Arbor food companies, will run Camp Bacon from May 31-June 4 this year. For better or worse, it’s not actually a sleepaway camp; participants instead purchase tickets to individual events which are held in venues around Ann Arbor. 

Gimmicky food fest this is not: At Camp Bacon, attendees mingle with notable meat-focused chefs, restauranteurs, butchers and even a bacon blogger, many of whom host informative talks during the main day of camp on Saturday, June 3. Other happenings include a bacon open mic night where attendees can perform songs about their love of meat, a bacon baking class featuring bacon doughnuts, scones and cookies, and a food film festival complete with bacon-flecked popcorn for snacking.

The whole thing is also a fundraiser for a local 4-H club and the Southern Foodways Alliance, which studies and documents Southern food culture.

Most Camp Bacon events require registration and/or a ticket to attend. Only a couple happenings are sold out so far; take your pick on the Camp Bacon website.

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