Zingerman’s 8th Annual Camp Bacon is a five-day event jam-packed with guest speakers, historians, a Cajun-style pork roast, independent films, music and poetry.
“Over the last eight years Camp Bacon has become one of my favorite events of the year here at Zingerman’s,” said Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s co-founder. “And with each year that we do it, my affection for it grows — the connection with the campers grows stronger, the presentations get more interesting, the food gets better, the bacon gets...well, everything’s already better with bacon!”
Weinzweig was inspired to launch Camp Bacon while writing his book Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon. In the years since the book’s publication, Camp Bacon has become more than just an all-you-can-eat bacon extravaganza (although, it is that, too!) — it’s now a nationally recognized, all-out porcine celebration, attracting renowned food experts, producers and passionate pork enthusiasts from all over the country. Camp Bacon is a fundraiser for two of Zingerman’s favorite non-profit organizations, Southern Foodways Alliance and 4H Club of Washtenaw County.
“I'm really excited about this year's lineup. Clark Rachal is driving 1,300 miles from Louisiana to cook Cochon de Lait for us, and award-winning journalist Simran Sethi is flying in from Rome. Plus, we have talks focused on cooking pork in Korea and Brazil, pork-centric consumer statistics, and crimes committed in the name of bacon,” said Weinzweig.
This year, Camp Bacon kicks off Wednesday, May 31, with the Camp Bacon Food Film Festival and runs through Sunday, June 4, in Ann Arbor, Mich.. On June 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is the Camp Bacon Street Fair. This free, family-friendly event features an array of vendors selling, sampling and showcasing all things bacon and is at the Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown, 315 Detroit St.
The full schedule of events is online.