Iowa celebrates bacon festival
New York, Feb. 11 : Iowa celebrated all things related to scrumptious foodstuff, including a bacon queen crowned in a tailor-made pork dress on Saturday.
The sixth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival got underway this weekend in Des Moines with 8,000 visitors eating up more than 10,000 pounds of bacon, the New York Daily News Reported.
Festival-goers flaunting pig snouts and Viking helmets, ate dozens of different types of seasoned swine, some of it perfumed, others spiced.
Chocolate-dipped bacon, bacon cupcakes and even bacon gelato were some of the dishes that were much loved by the crowd.
This year's festival started with a "pig pardon" by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
Other highlights of the festival included an epic custom-made burger for sale ‚Euro" named the "Hammityville Horror Burger," in recognition of the scary amounts of pigs that it contained.
The monster sandwich contained brown sugar and black-pepper encrusted pork-belly bacon with candied-bacon jam.
And in the capstone event of the odd festival, a "Bacon Queen" was crowned.
Des Moines resident Kim Pfannebecker took home the honour and a dress stitched entirely from bacon by Iowa fashion designer Sarah Dornink, after providing the best responses during an intense question-and-answer session with festival organizers.