It's the state's biggest celebration of all things bacon.

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For fifteen years the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines has brought together bacon lovers and vendors for one exciting(and crispy) weekend! This year, it's taking place Friday, May 12th through Saturday May 13th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

It is often considered one of the very best bacon festivals in the entire country! When there are more pigs than people in Iowa, we better be one of the best of the best!

Every single year, the Baconfest operates under a very specific theme. One year it was Bacon Gras another year it was Bacon Odyssey, and this year it's Bacon & Beer!

At the festival, people can try different bacon samples and even taste test some delicious bacon infused or inspired dishes. Plus, the event will host fifteen different live bands and artists, like Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys.

There will also be bacon lectures, a bacon eating contest, bacon queen pageant, and even a silent disco!

BRB fest will go from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday and noon to 10:00 PM on Saturday!

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Tickets for the event are on sale now.

There are multiple ticket tiers for this festival. Let's dive into the several different tiers, and what you get when you purchase them.

General Admission: $45 a person

  • Entry to festival grounds for both days of the festival
  • Free bacon samples
  • 2 food vouchers per day

VIP Admission: $90 a person

  • Everything included in GA ticket
  • Access to VIP Bars
  • 5 food vouchers per day
  • 1 drink voucher per day
  • Skip the line at check-in

VIP Table: $1,000 

  • 8 tickets/day into festival grounds
  • Table near Bill Riley Stage
  • Free bacon samples
  • Access to VIP bars
  • 40 food vouchers/2 day or 20/1 day
  • 8 drink vouchers total
  • Skip the line at check-in

And just a friendly reminder, event organizers are only permitting people twenty-one and over to attend the festival. You can check out information about tickets and even purchase them here.

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