Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Sister States Sizzle for Bacon

By Kelly Visser, Iowa Food & Family Project

From bacon ice cream to bacon-themed festivals to spreadable “baconnaise,” the bacon craze has taken hold of consumers around the globe. But a love for pork is nothing new in Iowa. Generations of hard-working farmers have put Iowa on the map as the nation’s leading pork producer, representing $7.5 billion in total economic activity for the state each year.