Camp Bacon

PHOTOS: Look How Much Fun We Had at Camp Bacon!

Our 8th Annual Zingerman’s Camp Bacon® was one of our best yet! Hundreds of campers came to Ann Arbor for five days of bacon-centric events last week, which kicked off with our Film Festival and sizzled to the end with a family-friendly Street Fair. In between, there was also a Bacon Beautiful music event, bacon cooking classes at BAKE!, a Detroit food tour, a special Bacon Ball dinner, and of course the Main Event.

Here are some photos of the festivities to enjoy. Sign up for our Camp Bacon enewsletter, and you’ll be the first to hear when we start planning our 9th Annual Camp Bacon!

The Main Event

Clark Rachal drove all the way from Louisiana to cook Cochon de Lait for the Main Event. The process started at the crack of dawn.

It was a family affair—Clark brought his cousin William and wife Avery along, too!

They even took a torch to the skin to get it extra crispy:

Campers filled up the room, eager to hear our esteemed speakers

Simran Sethi spoke about the impacts of pig farming in North Carolina

Steven Burger spoke about maintaining the tradition of country hams in today’s marketplace

The audience took photos and looked lovingly at pork

Nueske’s was there, too, sampling their delicious bacon

So much bacon

Butcher Brian Merkel raffled off cuts of expertly butchered pork

Lardo butter in progress.

The Roadhouse’s Executive Chef Bob Bennett in action

Cornman Farms’ chef and managing partner Kieron Hales carries a heavy load

Lots of people took home shirts and hats to spread the Camp Bacon love

The pineapple garnish was encrusted with bacon pieces

Camp Bacon Film Fest

The Film Fest was hosted at the Greyline this year—bacon cocktails were served!

We showed 8 films from Southern Foodways Alliance

Filmmaker Ava Lowrey was our special guest

Bacon maple popcorn was served to movie-goers

Camp Bacon Fresh Taste of Detroit Tour

The first stop on the Fresh Taste of Detroit Tour was the Detroit Kitchen Connect, a food business incubator at the Easter Market. We got to sample sweet and savory (yes, bacon!) tarts from kitchen user Susan’s Tarts.

An art break:

Cocktails from Wright & Company

Chef Susan Welch presented a multi-course dinner at revolver in Hamtramck:

Bacon Beautiful Music


…and Bacon White Russians

Camp Bacon Bacon Ball

Clark Rachal served up Cochon de Lait at the Roadhouse’s Bacon Ball

The Cinna-Manhattan was made with smooth and spicy rye whiskey, with house-made cinnamon syrup, Angostura bitters and Arkansas pepper-cured bacon

The Westgate Bloody Mary was garnished with Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon

We hope you enjoyed looking back on Camp Bacon with us. We hope you’ll join us next year! If you’d like to purchase Camp Bacon swag, shop our website