This porktacular, two-day festival celebrates all things bacon and features World Food Championship Official Qualifier Event, pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, merchandise from local artists, and much more!

Bacon lovers will be in hog heaven while sampling over 30 different bacon-inspired dishes from the region's best local restaurants, food vendors and trucks.

Young and old will squeal with delight over the variety of pig-themed

contests including a Pet Costume Parade, Kid's Eating, Pig Wing Eating,

Pig Calling/Impersonation Contests and more! Piglets of all ages will go

hog wild for the quirky official Pig Pardon, "When Pigs Fly" as plush pigs are flung from the rooftops, and "When Pigs Float" as plastic pigs float down the Kinnickinnic River.

Bring your piggy bank and browse the marketplace with a bacon-licious twist as over 40 different merchandise vendors share their unique products such as homemade jams, specialty dips and sauces, bacon novelties, gifts, and apparel for all ages! Bacon lovers will go oinkers over the selection of local microbrews and wines while enjoying hours of musical entertainment.

Welcome to Bacon Bash!

September 15-16, 2018

SATURDAY 10:00am - 7:00pm • SUNDAY 10:00am - 4:00pm

Heritage Park | 232 W. Maple Street | River Falls, WI

Come Celebrate All Things Bacon!
Welcome to Bacon Bash!

The nation's largest FREE bacon festival!

Come Celebrate All Things Bacon!

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Schedule of Events

Sponsors

Contact

Free admission to the public! Free admission to the public!

*Event & times subject to change

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: 10AM-7PM

10:30am

SATURDAY

When Pigs Fly

Plush pigs flung from the rooftop

Sponsored by: Family Fresh Market

 

10:00am

SATURDAY

Official Welcome & Pig Pardon

11:00am

SATURDAY

Live Broadcast of “Off the Menu”

 

2:00pm

SATURDAY

Kid’s Eating Contest

Sponsored by: 3 Schweet Sisters

1:00pm

SATURDAY

World Food Championship (WFC)

Cook-Off Competition

 

12:00pm

SATURDAY

Kirby Symes Memorial Bacon Bash Dash

Costume Awards

 

Click here  for application

4:00pm

SATURDAY

WFC Awards Ceremony

5:00pm

SATURDAY

Music of the Mississippi Harmonica Lessons

Sponsored by: The Minnesota Blues Society

6:00pm

SATURDAY

Habanero Popper Eating Contest

Sponsored by: Snappy Dog Foods

3:00pm

SATURDAY

Pig Calling/Pig Impersonation Contest

7:00pm

SATURDAY

When Pigs Fly

Plush pigs flung from the rooftop

Sponsored by: Family Fresh Market

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: 10AM-4PM

4:00pm

SUNDAY

When Pigs Fly

Plush pigs flung from the rooftop

Sponsored by: Family Fresh Market

11:00am

SUNDAY

Pig Calling/Pig Impersonation Contest

10:00am

SUNDAY

When Pigs Fly

Plush pigs flung from the rooftop

Sponsored by: Family Fresh Market

12:00pm

SUNDAY

Pig Wing Eating Contest (Adults)

Sponsored by: Croix Valley Foods

1:00pm

SUNDAY

Pig Wing Eating Contest (Kids)

Sponsored by: Croix Valley Foods

3:00pm

SUNDAY

TBD

2:00pm

SUNDAY

Pet Costume Contest

Sponsored by: Angel’s Pet World

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
additional events

SATURDAY

10:00am - 7:00pm

Merchant Vendor Marketplace

 

10:30am

Kirby Symes Memorial Bacon Bash Dash

 

SUNDAY

10:00am - 3:30pm

Tailgating Party/Live Game Broadcast of

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

 

10:00am - 4:00pm

Merchant Vendor Marketplace

 live music schedule

SATURDAY

10:30AM-1:00PM

Back Channel Blues

 

1:30PM-4:00PM

Everett Smithson Band

 

4:30PM-7:00PM

Tommy Bentz Band

 

SUNDAY

10:30AM-1:00PM

The Hunyuks

 

1:30PM-4:00PM

Woodshop

Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

Kids’ Activities Provided by

River Falls FFA & FFA Alumni

  •  Corn box
  •  Yard games
  •  Coloring pages
  •  Educational materials
  •  And much more!
throughout the weekend

Thousands of bacon lovers converged on  River Falls from the upper Midwest for the
5th Annual Bacon Bash!

"Porktacular" events included cook-off competitions, pig themed activities for the entire family,
arts & crafts fair, live music, microbrews and more!

Stay & Play

As you enjoy all the porktacular activities and delicious bacon-inspired dishes at Bacon Bash, the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau invites you to experience River Falls—the City on the Kinni. Ranked as one of the best small cities in the country by Demographics Daily, River Falls exemplifies the best Wisconsin has to offer with its perfect combination of outdoor activities, arts, cultural events and hometown charm.

 

Nestled on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River, River Falls is a bustling community of 15,000 and the home of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Conveniently located 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, River Falls features a historic Main Street adorned with specialty shops, antique stores, and art galleries/studios. Dine at one of our family-friendly restaurants or eateries that offer delicious, home-cooked meals—open year round!

 

Visit the Chamber website for additional information on stay and play packages, must-see spots, and much more!

 

 

Interested in volunteering at this bacon-licious celebration?

Click here to view available opportunities.

 

2018

Food Vendor Application CLOSED

The 2018 Bacon Bash will feature bacon-licious dishes from a variety of the region’s best local restaurants and food vendors. Check out the vendors and their featured dishes below!

Food Vendors

2018 Food Vendors

Featured Item

 

Babushka’s Polish Foods

Bacon Cheesecake

 

Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse

Candied Bacon basket

 

Bob’s BBQ Emporium

Chicken Fried Pork Belly

with Cream Gravy

 

Croix Valley Foods

Pig Wings

 

Family Fresh Market

Bacon Cream Cheese Wontons

 

Old Southern BBQ

BBQ Bacon Parfait

 

Sara’s Tipsy Pies

Bacon Jam Pie

 

Smokey Treats BBQ

ABT Jalapeño Poppers

 

Snappy Dog Foods

Bacon Wrapped Cajun Shrimp

 

West Wind Supper Club

Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

 

In addition to 30+ bacon-inspired dishes, the 2018 Bacon Bash

will feature unique merchant vendors providing items from

creative confections and fashionable finds to paintings and garden art.

Merchant Vendors

For more information on participation, please contact us.

We take pride in serving the best Wisconsin has to offer!  Enjoy a cold refreshing brew or smooth local wine from each of the following local breweries and wineries:

 

 

Belle Vinez Winery  |  River Falls, WI

65 Vines Winery  |  Roberts, WI

Cracked Barrel Winery  |  Hudson, WI

Swinging Bridge Brewing Company  |  River Falls, WI

Rush River Brewing Company  |  River Falls, WI

New Glarus (Only in Wisconsin!)

 

 

If for some crazy reason ...

you aren’t able to identify a beverage that aligns with your pallet, check out one of our local watering holes along our historic Main Street that is only steps from the festival ground. Don’t worry, you can always come back to the festival grounds with your adult beverage in hand as long as it’s poured within a designated event cup.

 

Craft Beer & Wine Vendors
Thank you 2017 Sponsors! Thank you 2017 Sponsors!
Our Sponsors Help us Pile on the Bacon! Our Sponsors Help us Pile on the Bacon!

Contact us today to become part of the legacy in 2018 for this popular event!  As a sponsor you will have an opportunity to promote your business

to thousands of middle-income, suburban couples and families from the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin who share a love for bacon!

PLAZA, PAIRING & RECEPTION SPONSOR WELCOME RECEPTION
MEDIA SPONSORS
BACON LOVER SPONSORS
LITTLE PIGGY SPONSORS
BACON BITS SPONSORS

ANGELS PET WORLD

BEST WESTERN CAMPUS PLUS INN

BO'S 'N MINE

BREMER BANK

BYE, GOFF & ROHDE

CERNOHOUS CHEVROLET

CITY OF RIVER FALLS

 

 

Compeer Financial

EDINA REALTY, INC. - RICK VORWALD

FREEMAN DRUG

HUDSON FORD

John J. Morgan Company

Leitch Insurance Agency

 

 

PAGE FAMILY DENTISTRY

PECHACEK'S GENERAL CONTRACTING

RIVER CITY DISPOSAL

RIVER VALLEY BUSINESS CENTER

ROYAL CREDIT UNION

SAJAN

 

Location

Heritage Park & Maple St. Bridge

232 W. Maple Street

River Falls, WI 54022

 

 

(715) 425-2533

 

 

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