It started with a sizzle at Kraft Foods, and it grew into Appalachian Bacon Nation. With the help of Kraft, Coshocton was able to put together its first annual bacon festival Saturday.
The festival started with a bang as the bacon and legs 5k got underway. But that wasn’t the only draw to the festival. There was also a bacon eating contest and a bacon cooking contest.
Coshocton City Councilman, Brad Fuller, helped to organize the festival and expressed his enthusiasm for the event.
"Well, it’s bacon for one thing," Fuller said. "The other thing is we have Kraft Food’s here in Coshocton who produces a lion’s share, pigs share I guess we could say, of the bacon that’s consumed in the United States, this part of the United States, so it just seemed like a natural fit for us to have a festival in celebrating bacon."
Fuller said that the community got behind the idea immediately. That rang true with many local vendors including Team Rine-O which specializes in finding unique ways to cook bacon.
When asked why they wanted to bring their food out to the bacon festival, brothers Greg and Randy Rine instantly exclaimed, "bacon!"
"Bacon. We make a lot of things with bacon and of course they contacted us and wanted us in it, so sure. We would’ve done it anyway," Greg said.
Both the Rines and Fuller are very excited to keep the festival going for many years to come.