And how did you celebrate this past long-weekend, bacon lovers? Did you spend some time at the cottage, swimming in the lake or sunbathing with family and friends? Did you go camping or hiking? Or perhaps did you stay home, reading peacefully on the front porch in the morning and barbecuing in the back yard later in the day? Though it’s often a sign that summer is coming to a close (and the most ominous sign of back to school season) the long weekend at the beginning of September might be one of my favourite weekends of the year.

Of course, it’s not just the promise of cooler Autumn days and the excitement of new classes that makes this weekend extra-special, not is it just Labour Day (which takes place the first Monday of September in the United States and here in Canada). Nope, the other reason that this weekend is so special is that the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend is one of the most important North American holidays for Bacon Lovers: International Bacon Day.

The Origin of International Bacon Day

This tasty end-of-the-summer holiday was founded in 2000 by a bunch of graduate students in Bedford, MASS. Three students – Alexa Haflord, Seth Rittenhouse and Evan Salim – decided that bacon was so delicious it deserved its own holiday. They started a blog and celebrated that first bacon day cooking and eating their favourite food. Since it’s inception, the holiday has spread all over the United States and up to Canada. Participants in the annual International Bacon Day celebrations often chant “bacon is a vegetable!” to indicate their love and appreciation for this most perfect meat.

International Bacon Day Celebrations

Every city that recognizes International Bacon Day has a unique way of celebrating the occasion. The most important part of the celebrations, however, is the cooking and eating of bacon. As long as you have this covered, there is nothing stopping you from having your own International Bacon Day wherever you are!

This year, I celebrated International Bacon Day by combining two of my favourite foods in the entire universe: ÅI whipped up a huge batch of super mac and cheese – which is not only loaded with rich cheese goodness, but also features smoked bacon, veggies, and crunchy bacon crumbs – for me and my friends. There was something about the combination of comfort food and bacon that seemed just about perfect – saying goodbye to all the great fun that was summer, and welcoming in the new start of Autumn.