Are you hog wild for bacon? Every August, we have an event you’ll lovethe annual Monmouth BaconFest!

Running from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., on Public Square in the heart of Monmouth, this event has something for everyone. 

Numerous food vendors from the region serve tapas-style bacon creations, with dishes that include bacon-crusted sirloin bites, bacon cupcakes, sweet and spicy bacon sliders, candied bacon, spicy bacon mix, and bacon and cheese puffs. All food is available for one or two tickets ($3 a ticket).

All of the vendors are provided a variety of bacon by Smithfield Foods and are encouraged to expand their creativity to create tastes that please a variety of palates.

A competition is held with trophies provided by Achievement Industries for “Judges Choice-Best in Show,” and “Audience Choice-Best in Show.” The is also a bacon eating competition.

Live music runs all night, and there is a beer garden featuring Budweiser products and Monmouth’s own DeNovo Brewery.

“Bacon ‘n Play” is hosted by the Buchanan Center for the Arts in the public square’s southwest quadrant. Activities include: piglet snout creations, bacon flags, sidewalk chalk art, face painting and story hour.

This event is brought to you by Smithfield, Cloverleaf Cold Storage, the Monmouth Business Council, Sunny 97.7 and Kellogg’s Printing.

Find out more online here. We’ll see you there!