Pigging Out at Camp Bacon

Pigging Out at Camp Bacon

Food & Drink

Pigging Out at Camp Bacon


By Cari Martens

It’s hard to keep bacon out of the food news for long. Between the Baconater burger at Wendy’s, new products such as Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, stylish accessories like bacon briefcases and earrings, and the bacon dessert trend, there’s been plenty of pork fodder for the food reporter.

Ah, bacon…the trend without end.

But have you heard about Camp Bacon, held last month in Ann Arbor, Michigan? This cured pork summit included everything from how-to culinary sessions, to bacon poetry readings and songs, to bacon bingo. And of course, lots of bacon consumption.

On the scene to cover the one-day event was Jane Black of the Washington Post.

The day started with a hearty bacon-centric breakfast with several varieties served including hickory-smoked bacon from Edwards of Surry, Va.; long pepper bacon from Arkansas’ Ham I Am; and applewood-smoked bacon from Nueske’s in Wisconsin.

Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s of Ann Arbor, which hosted the camp, told Black he considered it ‘a thinking person’s bacon camp. Weinzweig is author of the 2009 book, ‘Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon.’ Raised in a kosher home, he didn’t taste his first strip of bacon until he was 21. It must have been quite a moment.

Here’ a partial list of some of the activities at Camp Bacon 2010.

  • Bacon poetry (original and one by Ogden Nash)
  • A performance by 73-year-old R&B artist Andre Williams, who wrote a song called “Bacon Fat” in 1956
  • Bacon history and storytelling
  • A gehographic map of the U.S.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • A make-your-own session on pancetta, an unsmoked bacon

Camp Bacon tried to encourage a less fetishized approach to loving bacon, Black wrote. As the day came to an end, campers were more knowledgeable, but no less obsessed, she concluded.

We weren’t able to determine when exactly Camp Bacon 2011 will be scheduled, but you might want to start googling it sometime next spring. Especially if you have a non-fetish appreciation for all things bacon.

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