Happy New Year, Bacon Nation!

April 20th is T-minus 14 weeks away.  We are excited to share a sneak peek at the restaurant and chef roster for Baconfest Chicago 2103 at the UIC Forum.  Think of Baconfest as the Chicago chef Super Group that gets together once a year to jam on one theme:  Bacon.  The band has never been bigger or better.

General Admission Tickets ($100) will go on sale FEBRUARY 20th for our fifth annual Baconfest Chicago.  There are still a handful of VIP Tickets ($200) on sale currently at CHICAGO TICKETS.  Ticketholders get access to all the food offered during the shift selected, drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as a reusable Baconfest tote bag.  Fear not, we’ll continue to have fun contests to win tickets:  the Nueske’s Amateur Bacon Cook-off and “best” bacon song, bacon poem and bacon YouTube video competitions, to name a few.

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NOTE:  We are in the process of finalizing which restaurants will exhibit during the Lunch and Dinner sessions and those details will be announced early next month.

Why announce the roster so far in advance of General Admission sales?  Because we want you to have as much time as possible to appreciate, admire and absorb the glory of the Baconfest Chicago 2013 line up!  We’d be lying if we said we weren’t proud of how BFC has blossomed since its humble beginning in 2009.  This year, more than 120 chefs and restaurants will come together to exhibit the bacon-creation of their choice.

Chicago’s – and possible the world’s – largest Bacon-centric celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our amazing chef and restaurateur partners. Each and every one of them has chosen to donate time, talent and resources to this glorious bacon celebration.  They join the party inspired by a love of bacon, a desire to share that love, and in support of and solidarity with our long-standing charity partner The Greater Chicago Food Depository one of the nation’s greatest anti-hunger organizations.

Without further ado, here is the Exhibition Roster for Baconfest Chicago 2013!

Know them and love them as we do!

We would be remiss if we did not throw at least one shout out to our Bacon Sponsor, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.  For the 5th straight year, they are generously offering our exhibitors their bacon supply.  This is an insanely generous gift, especially as the scope of the event has grown.  Viva la Nueske’s!  Check out other sponsors here: http://baconfestchicago.com/chicago-sponsors

If you are a restaurateur wondering “where’s my invite?,” feel free to reach out to andre@baconfestchicago.com and we’ll see what we can do (at the very least we’ll get you in the database for next year).

If you are interested in being a Sponsor and would like to exhibit at Baconfest 2013, please email sponsors@baconfestchicago.com for a sponsor packet.

For questions, press requests and additional info, email seth@baconfestchicago.com or call 773-257–FEST (3378)

Again, Happy New Year Bacon Nation!

Andre, Michael and Seth
Team Baconfest Chicago