Greetings and Welcome to Camp Bacon!
Every spring bacon lovers, bacon makers, cooking school teachers, culinary historians, writers, statisticians, sociologists, chefs, roller derby professionals and other pork-driven people from all over the globe flock to Ann Arbor, Michigan (home of Zingerman’s!) to talk, taste and toast the terrific flavors and cultural iconography of all things bacon-related. Every year’s lineup seems to surpass the already excellent group of speakers from the previous season, and this spring’s session promises to be another transcendent step in the rising profile of cured pork.
As always, this year’s Camp Bacon is a fundraiser for two of our favorite non-profit organizations: The Southern Foodways Alliance and the 4H Club of Washtenaw County.
Southern Foodways, based in Oxford, Mississippi, has been celebrating and honoring southern food traditions for over fifteen years. Pork, of course, takes a prominent place in the Southern culinary pantheon, and many of our best bacon connections have come from through our work with SFA.
The 4H Clubs have been supporting the work and study of young people in agriculture since the early years of the 20th century. Our commitment to community-based agriculture makes them a natural fit for Camp Bacon. The higher the quality of American hog rearing, the better our bacon is likely to be! All monies raised by Camp Bacon will go to help support these two important community non-profits.
Most importantly, 2015’s Camp Bacon promises to be even more interesting, more flavorful and more fun than ever! This year we’ve got nearly a week’s worth of bacon-based events set up with plenty of great information and LOTS of smoky, savory, sensual bacon to eat!
Hope to see you at Camp!
Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Co-Founder