Monday, February 11, 2013

Iowa Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and Reykjavík Beikon Festival

On August 23, 2012 delegates of the Iowa Bacon Board and Iceland Beikon Board met at the former French consulate for the inaugural International Bacon Summit. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a unified vision concerning bacon-related issues. These include but are not limited to: bacon trade barriers, bacon lover rights, bacon nutrition, bacon-inspired arts, bacon queen pageants and innovations in bacon-related cuisine
Chair of the Iceland Beikon Board, Bogi Guðmundsson, commented on the venue. “There isn’t a better place to hold our discussions than the house of Höfði where the Reykjavik Summit was held between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in October of 1986”

Numerous Viking references at the Iowa festival are thus explained

The International Bacon Summit was followed by the first annual Reykjavík Beikon Festival, “Presented by Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour” on August 25, 2012. The bacon celebration was open to the public with opening ceremonies taking place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Skólavörðustígur Street in downtown Reykjavik. There, bacon lovers had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of American and Icelandic bacon, bacon-inspired dishes from local chefs, bacon educational lectures and live entertainment. At 7 p.m., the bacon celebration continued at KEX Hostel with more bacon, live music, bacon, plenty of Viking Beer and more bacon

Reykjavík beikon festival
News report on the planning of the International Bacon Summit here, more information on the festivals here. News report on the 2012 Reykjavík beikon festival, in Icelandic, here. Reykjavík beikon festival Facebook page here.