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Not Your Typical Summer Camp: Camp Bacon Attracts Meat Lovers To The Ann Arbor Area

Jun 1, 2016

Credit Zingerman's Camp Bacon

It's a meat lover's dream.  Camp Bacon takes place this week in the Ann Arbor area.

Ari Weinzweig, the co-founder of Zingerman's.
Credit Zingtrain

Zingerman's co-owner Ari Weinzweig talks about some of the events and speakers who are part of Camp Bacon.

I also spoke with Fidel Galano, who is one of this year's speakers.  He's an Ann Arbor resident who will share his heritage and love for food.

Galano was born and raised in New York City's Spanish Harlem to immigrant parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Everyone in his family is passionately involved in cooking, mostly Cuban dishes.

Growing up his family cooked for local Spanish eateries in NYC and out of their homes, so it was natural for Fidel to learn the culinary magic of his family.   As noted by Galano, growing up with people that made food their living and who were called upon to cook for every festive occasion, he was destined to learn the family gift.

Fidel Galano is one of this year's speakers at Camp Bacon.
Credit Lisa Barry

As told by Galano, cooking his family’s recipes connects him emotionally to great memories of them and of growing up in Spanish Harlem.

“When I cook and taste my family recipes, I am transported to wonderful moments,” Galano says.  “I am linked to cultural celebrations where my family’s food is front and center, and I can see the animated faces of people enjoying our cooking.”

"Cooking and tasting my family’s recipes and variants I have developed over time, touches my heart, soul and mind in ways that no other foods have."

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu