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'Bacon Camp' Is Real And It's 5 Days Long

We're snout even kidding. 🐷
Opening ceremonies commence at last year's Camp Bacon in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Opening ceremonies commence at last year's Camp Bacon in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bacon fans, prepare to pork out.

Camp Bacon is an annual food festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year’s upcoming five-day event features every activity a bacon lover could want, from bacon baking classes to a pig roast to bacon-based meals and talks with food journalists and chefs. It’s pretty much heaven for hog lovers, and the fresh-cooked bacon almost never stops flowing.

Of course, there are LOTS of thick-cut bacon samples involved.
Of course, there are LOTS of thick-cut bacon samples involved.
Chef Rolando Beramendi holds a cooking demonstration at last year's Camp Bacon.
Chef Rolando Beramendi holds a cooking demonstration at last year's Camp Bacon.
Camp Bacon attendees sport their camp T-shirts.
Camp Bacon attendees sport their camp T-shirts.

Zingerman’s, a collective of Ann Arbor food companies, will run Camp Bacon from May 31-June 4 this year. For better or worse, it’s not actually a sleepaway camp; participants instead purchase tickets to individual events which are held in venues around Ann Arbor.

Gimmicky food fest this is not: At Camp Bacon, attendees mingle with notable meat-focused chefs, restauranteurs, butchers and even a bacon blogger, many of whom host informative talks during the main day of camp on Saturday, June 3. Other happenings include a bacon open mic night where attendees can perform songs about their love of meat, a bacon baking class featuring bacon doughnuts, scones and cookies, and a food film festival complete with bacon-flecked popcorn for snacking.

The whole thing is also a fundraiser for a local 4-H club and the Southern Foodways Alliance, which studies and documents Southern food culture.

Campers get their fill at a gourmet dinner.
Campers get their fill at a gourmet dinner.
The Camp Bacon Street Fair&nbsp;features <a href="http://www.zingermanscampbacon.com/schedule-speakers/" target="_blank">bacon samples</a> and bacon-based carnival games.
The Camp Bacon Street Fair features bacon samples and bacon-based carnival games.

Most Camp Bacon events require registration and/or a ticket to attend. Only a couple happenings are sold out so far; take your pick on the Camp Bacon website.

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