Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Food Fest Brings Home The Bacon

DES MOINES, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A food festival in Des Moines, Iowa, is bringing home the bacon in a big way.

This Saturday (Mar. 1), the First Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is coming to the El Bait Shop and High Life Lounge, with 400 pounds of the salty, smoked snack ready to be chowed by 150 ticketholders.

The tasty treats offered to the pork-loving public include bacon-wrapped shrimp, bacon-wrapped tater tots stuffed with jalapenos, and “Armadillo Eggs” – hot peppers stuffed with cheese and jalapenos, wrapped in a chicken breast, and then wrapped in bacon.

There will also be a bacon eat-off, and to wash down the mounds of meat, the bar will even serve bacon-flavored beer and a Blazin’ Bacon Bloody Mary.

Although there won’t be a doctor around to cure any cholesterol catastrophes, an Iowa State University professor will give a lecture about bacon to the chowing crowd.

High Life Lounge owner Jeff Bruning is ready for the smokin’ celebration, and maybe for some leftovers.

He says, “400 pounds – that’s a fifth-of-a-ton of bacon. Every person would have to eat two-and-a-half pounds. We’ll see what happens.”

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