2019 Schedule


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$195/person
Friday, May 31st, 2019
10:00am – 6:00pm

The Main Event

at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms | map

Camp Bacon 2017

Getting hungry for crackling.

Fascinating speakers. Breakfast & lunch.
So. Much. Bacon!

In support of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Washtenaw County 4-H. An all-day event filled with meaty speakers, lots of learning, a whole lot of laughing and, of course, all the bacon you can eat! Bacon lovers from around the globe trek to the Camp Bacon® Main Event to meet and eat and share their love for really good cured pork in a day filled with presentations by bacon producers, food experts, and a few fun surprise guests.

In addition to all-you-can-eat bacon, the Main Event includes a swag bag, full breakfast, and an even fuller lunch.

See this year’s speaker lineup »

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All Camp Bacon events support the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Washtenaw County 4-H.


$45 per person
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Camp Bacon® Film Festival
The Power of Narrative

at Zingerman’s Greyline | map

Featuring Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge
Nationally acclaimed author and contributor for the New York Times and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the histories of the American South. His recent publication, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, is a collection of Southern cultural culinary experiences. O, The Oprah Magazine said his writing is “a panoramic mural of the South’s culinary heritage, illuminating the region’s troubled place at the American table and the unsung role of cooks in the quest for social justice.”

Spend an evening with John T. Edge. Enjoy great food from Zingerman’s Greyline including a build-your-own BLT bar and caramel-enrobed bacon popcorn. Then, experience great conversations about food. John T. will discuss the power of narrative and its effects through the lens of culture and food.

We’re so excited to have him back at Camp Bacon for our 10 year anniversary! It’s going to be a great night—don’t miss out, tickets will go quick.

“We inspire communities to invest in their culinary cultures. We promote pride of place, and encourage local communities to invest in cultural richness. We honor the people of our region. We recognize men and women whose hard work enriches the landscape of Southern food and culture.” – Southern Foodways Alliance

Doors and cash bar open at 6:00pm. Program begins at 6:30.

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$100/person
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Bakin’ with Bacon at BAKE!

at Zingerman’s Bakehouse | map

We’ll be using the power of bacon to flavor three amazing baked goods, all in honor of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (available at all Zingerman’s locations). You’ll make a similar version of our wildly popular peppered bacon farm bread, bacon cheddar scones found in the book, and sweet and salty bacon pecan sandy cookies. We’ll take you to hog heaven with a demonstration of our maple glazed bacon apple doughnuts. Try and contain yourself.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves of bread, a dozen scones, three dozen cookies and great coupons.

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$95 per person
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
7:00pm – 9:30pm

The 10th Annual Bacon Ball

at Zingerman’s Roadhouse | map

A whirlwind of fire and flavor takes the Roadhouse by storm!

Brace yourselves for what will be the boldest and tastiest Bacon Ball yet! The Roadhouse can’t wait to welcome Tony Fiasche, co-owner of Tempesta Market in Chicago. Dubbed the “Sausage Kings of Chicago” by Foodable, Tony and his father Agostino continue a tradition of five generations of Calabrian salumi-making. It’s an art that requires as much balance as a proper tarantella.

A dance of flavor and flame, ‘nduja is a spreadable salumi blended from Calabrian sweet and spicy peppers and pork. The Roadhouse has been using it on our menu for well over a year in our mussels, and it’s been a huge hit. We love it because it’s simple and good—the quality of the 100% Berkshire pork really comes through in every bite, along with a taste of family tradition.

For our 10th Annual Bacon Ball, Tony has put together a menu that will spread the love of his famed ‘nduja, and also highlight the award-winning artisan meats he crafts from humanely-raised heritage pigs–including bacon of course! These meats are sold by Tempesta to fans and chefs all over the country, and are also available at Tony’s deli in Chicago, Tempesta Market.

A deli-owner? At Zingerman’s? We can’t wait. Tempesta in Italian means “strong wind gusts”, and we are ready for blustery flavors whirling through the Roadhouse in May. Join us for a century-old Calabrian legacy, right here in Ann Arbor!

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$15/person
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Just for Kids: Explore the World of ​Bacon

at Zingerman’s Deli Upstairs Next Door | map

🥓 Camp Bacon is an annual event hosted across all the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses that celebrates the history, stories and love of BACON. We’re offering this JUST FOR KIDS tasting during the camp festivities to share some bacon love with a younger audience. You will learn to taste bacon like an expert as we work our way through the World of Bacon. We’ll tell you about some of our favorite bacon makers, learn about different types of bacon and talk about some of our favorite ways to enjoy it. Oh yeah, and we’ll eat some bacon!

We think kids ages 4-14 would most enjoy this tasting. The cost is $15 per child. Parents are welcome to attend at no charge and observe on the sidelines. All participants will receive a 20% off coupon to use after the tasting to eat and/or shop at the Deli. Please include your child’s name, age and any allergy information in the comments field when you register. Thank you!

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$100/person
Friday, May 31st, 2019
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bakin’ with Bacon at BAKE!

at Zingerman’s Bakehouse | map

We’ll be using the power of bacon to flavor three amazing baked goods, all in honor of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (available at all Zingerman’s locations). You’ll make a similar version of our wildly popular peppered bacon farm bread, bacon cheddar scones found in the book, and sweet and salty bacon pecan sandy cookies. We’ll take you to hog heaven with a demonstration of our maple glazed bacon apple doughnuts. Try and contain yourself.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves of bread, a dozen scones, three dozen cookies and great coupons.

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$45/person
Friday, May 31st, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Grilled + Smoked

at Zingerman’s Creamery | map

Join our cheesemongers for a delicious evening of all things grilled & smoked! In honor of Camp Bacon, Guests will sample some of our favorite cheeses that have been either smoked or grilled. Guests will also get to indulge in our specialty bacon Pimento! Whilst savoring these delicious smokey delights, you will be sampling a variety of adult beverage pairings. Bread and additional accompaniments from our Cream Top Shop will be provided.

This tasting is for cheese lovers 21+

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$100/person
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm

Bakin’ with Bacon at BAKE!

at Zingerman’s Bakehouse | map

We’ll be using the power of bacon to flavor three amazing baked goods, all in honor of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (available at all Zingerman’s locations). You’ll make a similar version of our wildly popular peppered bacon farm bread, bacon cheddar scones found in the book, and sweet and salty bacon pecan sandy cookies. We’ll take you to hog heaven with a demonstration of our maple glazed bacon apple doughnuts. Try and contain yourself.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves of bread, a dozen scones, three dozen cookies and great coupons.

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$45/person
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cheese & Charcuterie Featuring Jeff Roberts

at Zingerman’s Creamery | map

A resident of Montpelier, Vermont, Jeff Roberts is president of Cow Creek Creative Ventures, dedicated to creating solutions in the areas of agriculture and food policy, conservation and the environment. He was co-founder and principal consultant at the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont. His new book Salted & Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage and Flavor of America’s Preserved Meats (Chelsea Green, 2017) examines the history and culture of dry-cured meat from 1630 to the present. As part of our Camp Bacon celebrations this year, we are excited to have Jeff join us at the Cream Top Shop for an evening of American cheese and charcuterie. Our cheesemongers have worked with Jeff to pair up selections of artisan and house-made cheeses with cured meats for a tasting that will fulfill all of your perfectly paired dreams. Bread and other accompaniments from our shop will be provided.

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FREE!
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
11:00am – 2:00pm

Camp Bacon® Street Fair

at the Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown | map

Come on down to the market—just a block down from the Deli and Miss Kim!—to celebrate great pork with a three-hour street fair with an array of vendors selling, sampling and showcasing all things bacon. It’s a great way to have lunch, sample new bacon fares, or just have some fun with bacon-based games for kids of all ages.

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All Camp Bacon events support the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Washtenaw County 4-H.


Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund. With 7 to 30 days notice, you will receive a 50 percent refund. No refunds can be offered with less than 7 days notice of cancellation. Thank you for your support and understanding.