Prepare Your Belly for Baconfest Chicago

Photo by Anne Petersen.

Photo by Anne Petersen.

Once a year in this city probably the most beautiful thing in the world occurs—Baconfest. If you need to continue reading instead of just buying tickets and camping outside of the UIC Forum then I question your taste buds. Baconfest is back.

Baconfest Chicago is cured meat madness as over a hundred chefs create delicious bacon concoctions that last year included dishes like bacon risotto, bacon-wrapped maple and beer-brined pork belly with jalapeno bacon jam, and bacon mousse Drumsticks. Held over two days this festival will satisfy every bacon dream—even the ones you haven’t had yet.

This year you can expect some of the city’s best chef’s like Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp from Honey Buttered Fried Chicken creating a fried chicken french toast with bacon honey butter and maple bourbon syrup; Rick Bayless from Xoco serving a torta of Gunthorp Farms pork meatballs, black bean spread, chipotle spread, chipotle sauce, anejo cheese, cilantro; and Brian Jupiter from Frontier serving bacon-wrapped fried oysters. The chefs are not only there to serve the public but they are also competing for the Golden Rasher Award. A portion of the proceeds also go to Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Baconfest Chicago takes place April 17 and 18 at the UIC Forum located at 725 Roosevelt Rd. For tickets and more information visit

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