Baconfest Kansas City

Kansas City Baconfest

How much do you love bacon?  Here's your chance to prove it!

Bacon Eating Contest

Bacon Eating ContestCost: $10
Sponsored By: Farmland Foods
Prize: $100 and crowned with the 2014 Bacon King/Queen Title!
Entry form and details: Download

Farmland Bacon

Bacon Recipe Contest

Kansas Pork Association Cost: $10
Sponsored By: Kansas Pork Association
Prize: 1st Place Prize – $100 and winning recipe featured on the Kansas Pork Association's website and newsletter! / 2nd Place Prize – $50
Entry form and details: Download

Bacon Tshirt Contest Bacon T-Shirt Contest

Cost: Free!

Sponsored By: The Roasterie
The Roasterie

Details: Wear your best bacon/pork themed shirt to the event and listen for the contest announcement. You will have to report to the stage to be judged!

Bacon T-Shirt Contest

Our 20 food vendors are put to the test at Bacon-Fest to see who can create the most BACONTASTIC sample. They are based on taste, originality and appearance.

Our 2013 winner was Our Sassy Pantry

Meet our Judges

Chris Petty

Blogger and restaurant reviewer at
read about Chris

Matt Eyman
Senior Community Manager for Yelp Kansas City
read about Matt

Emily Farris
Editor / Freelance Writer
read about Emily

Hall of Fame

2013 Bacon Eating Contest Winner: Molly Schuyler
2013 Bacon Recipe Contest Winner: Nancy Sparlin (Bacon Apple Pie)
2013 Pork Partner Winner: Our Sassy Pantry

2012 Bacon Eating Contest Winner: Randy Santel
2012 Bacon Recipe Contest Winner: Nancy Sparlin (Bacon Cake)
2012 Pork Partner Winner: The Art Institutes International-Kansas City

You must be a registered guest to compete. Advance registration for contests is also required. Not into contests? That’s okay. We have great bacon-themed products for you to purchase at the event too!

ChrisChris’s fiery love of pork was ignited by his father, a Texan with a taste for barbeque. Chris (not a Texan) was raised in the Kansas City area where good barbeque can be found almost on every corner. In fact, he grew up taking good pork for granted. His fire only grew after moving to western Kansas where he learned the sad truth that good pork eating experiences are few and far between. As an alumnus of Kansas State University with a degree in animal science, Chris knows a thing or two about his porcine pals. Especially that they are delicious when slow cooked over a wood fire! For fun, Chris Petty works as a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) certified barbeque judge. For pay, he works as a County Extension Agent. Chris has been married to his beautiful wife Cristina for over nine years and has a two year old son, Garrett whom he hopes to pass his passion for good times and good meat on to.

After a lifetime of eating any animal he could coax onto his plate, Matt has been working towards this moment for over 30 years. A long career in the restaurant industry has formed his appreciation for unique pork preparation, and now as the Senior Community Manager for Yelp Kansas City, he's proud to separate the good from the great. A newlywed and new home owner, he enjoys nice little Saturdays at Home Depot and if there's time Bed, Bath and Beyond. He likes his bacon slightly undercooked.

Emily Farris is the editor of, a freelance food writer, and most important, a very good eater. She and her husband Kyle consume a lot of pork together, and at their November 2012 wedding, they cut into a whole roasted pig instead of a cake.

Emily’s food and lifestyle writing has appeared in, Urban Farm Magazine,, BUST,, Women’s Wear Daily,, My Midwest, The Pitch, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Edible Brooklyn and many publications and websites you’ve probably never heard of. Her first cookbook, Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for Your Oven was published by a Penguin imprint in 2008.

You can hear her talking about food on the feed me kc podcast and the Food Critics edition of KCUR’s Central Standard Friday.