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August Marked as ‘Bacon Month’ in Manitoba

August 3, 2016 11:01 AM | News


(Fried bacon strips image via Shutterstock)

The smell of bacon will be wafting throughout Manitoba during the month of August. That’s because this month is all about celebrating the salty meat.

“Manitoba is proud to be the bacon capital of Canada and we’re inviting everyone to celebrate Bacon Month with us,” said Manitoba Pork chair George Matheson.

Matheson says Manitoba’s hog industry contributes over $1.7 billion annually to the economy and provides over 13,000 jobs.

Winnipeg is also home to the Maple Leaf Foods plant on Lagimodiere Boulevard, the largest in Canada, producing more than 25 million kilograms of bacon each year.

Bacon will even have its own special night at the Winnipeg Goldeyes game on August 17, with a number of bacon-themed promotions and edibles for baseball fans. The Goldeyes will be wearing special bacon-themed jerseys and bacon-wear will be available for purchase.

Winnipeg Goldeyes Bacon

Winnipeg Goldeyes players Willie Cabrera, Adam Heisler, Josh Romanski, and Maikol Gonzalez show off their bacon-themed jerseys ahead of Bacon Night on August 17, 2016. (HANDOUT)

“Bacon Night was a great success last year, and the Goldeyes’ organization is very excited to continue its partnership with Manitoba Pork in such a fun way,” said Goldeyes’ general manager Andrew Collier. “In a short time, this promotion has become a fan-favourite, and we look forward to all of the bacon-themed goodness in a couple of weeks!”

A couple days later, Bacon Month will be highlighted at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival on August 19-20 at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

A Bacon Party has even been planned for the Pony Corral Pier 7, 1700 Pembina Highway, on August 31.

To wrap up the festivities, Manitoba Pork will be awarding bacon for an entire year to 20 lucky winners who enter their online contest.