About & Schedule of Events


It was bound to happen and now it is official – KOZL and the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are putting on the first annual Ozarks Bacon Festival.

Ozarks Bacon Fest – a tribute to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer – holds its inaugural tasting event on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex. Tickets give guests access to a bacon-infused wonderland where the Ozark’s best chefs prepare amazing creative bacon snacks. National brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacon purveyors display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon and bacon inspired products. The best craft and micro beers and select hand crafted spirits will also be on hand to sample. Celebrating bacon in all its glory, Ozarks Bacon Fest will be holding a Bacon Eating Contest and a Best Bacon Recipe contest.

A $30 admission ticket allows you samples of Bacon and bacon infused and inspired foods, local and local and regional beers and spirits (visit our “Who’s Samplin’” page for list of who will be there with samples). Shop local and regional companies that offer items to enhance your inner “foodie” – both in and out of the kitchen! (visit our “Vendors” page to see who will be attending)!

For the REAL Bacon LOVER there is a $45 VIP Pass. This allows entry into the event one hour before the doors open to the public and one Ozarks Bacon Fest t-shirt.

Ozarks Bacon Fest hours are as follows - 11am till 3pm - Saturday October 12th.

Schedule of Events:

11am – VIP Doors OPEN 

11am till Noon – VIP hour – DJ Johan Collins is playing 80’s and 90’s music.

NOON Regular Admission doors open

Noon till 1pm – Vinny Ray is performing courtesy of Springfield Music

1pm till 1:30pm – US97 & Farmland Bacon Eating Contest

1pm till 2:30pm – Cooking demo on cooking stage by Food Channel Culinary Artist Cari Martens. She will demonstrate how to make:

2pm till 3pm – Benjamin Harrel is performing courtesy of Springfield Music

3pm – Ozarks Bacon Fest comes to an end.

Must be 21 and older to attend!




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