When is Baconfest Chicago 2016?

Baconfest Chicago 2016 will be on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2016!

Saturday Lunch – April 30
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Featured Cocktail: Tiki

Saturday Dinner – April 30
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period
Featured Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Sunday Brunch — May 1
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Featured Cocktail: Bloody Mary

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What is Baconfest Chicago?

Baconfest Chicago is a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon! At Baconfest, Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher  awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts. It is a raucous, rockin’ good time for everybody involved.

Is Baconfest good for America?  Do you support a charity?

Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. We donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository; we host a raffle and food drive at the event to support the GCFD’s mission; we’ve even run a Baconfest volunteer day at the Depository’s repacking warehouse to help eliminate hunger in our community. We’re proud that Baconfest supports this important work and we hope you’ll join us in supporting the GCFD too.

Where is Baconfest Chicago?

Baconfest Chicago happens at the UIC FORUM - 725 W Roosevelt Road – Chicago, IL 60608 View Map

For more info, visit UIC FORUM

How much are tickets?  How can I get them?!

Early Bird tickets are sold out.

Regular price VIP tickets ($200) are currently available.

Regular price General Admission tickets ($100) will go on sale on February 22, 2016 at 12 Noon.

VIP tickets include access to the general admission period following the VIP hour.

Each ticket allows access for one guest to the shift selected.  If you wish to attend multiple shifts, you’ll need to purchase tickets for each shift.

In 2014 and previous years, Baconfest tickets have sold out. We suggest you sign up for our email list. You can also follow us on Twitter (@baconfestchi) and like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/baconfest) to receive updates on when tickets will go on sale and to get first notification of ticket giveaways and contests.

What is included?

Tickets are all-inclusive entry passes to our bacon wonderland.  When you buy a ticket for a shift, you get

- Access to the chef area and many tasting portions of the chefs’ bacon-ingenuity.
- Seven (7) Drink Tickets, each one good for a hefty tasting portion of each liquor sponsor’s wares.
- Access to Baconfest’s exhibiting sponsors and experience partners who provide samples of ingenious bacon products (as available) and the opportunity to purchase those products bacon-related products.
- A re-usable Baconfest shopping bag to fill up with swag.
- A souvenir Baconfest Chicago’s Guide to Bacon program.

Access to the chef area? What’s that about? How much bacon will I get to eat?

We will have tasting portions of bacon snacks from over 50 chef stations per shift. First come, first served until portions run out. We know there will be die-hards who will attempt to eat everything. We will not call you an ambulance. We know that some people will be happy to get tastes of their top 10 chefs. We anticipate that everyone will have bacon coming out of their ears before the day is out.

Can I get seconds of any of the dishes?

Will we be retina scanning you to see if you’ve already been to a table?  No.
 Do we trust your sense of fairness and respect for fellow guests? Yes!

What if I don’t drink?

We cannot offer a discount for non-drinkers, but you are welcome to come to the event and enjoy all the rest of the fun on offer. And we will have soft drinks and water on hand.

Are kids allowed?

Kids under 10 can not be admitted to Baconfest Chicago. There will be a lot of people walking around with hot food, some will be drinking. Though we hate to discriminate against the next generation of Bacon-lovers, it’s in their best interest that we not allow bringing kids under 10 years of age. Everyone who attends, regardless of age, needs a ticket.

Why are tickets non-transferable?

We want to discourage ticket-scalping. We don’t think there’s a lot of value added by having tickets floating about in a secondary ticket market (ie. scalpers and resellers). We have calculated our ticket price to be a good match for the value of the experience received and would hate to see someone pay way more than our intended ticket price for the same experience as somebody who paid the face value. So, we check IDs to make sure that the ticket holder is the same as the ticket purchaser and we limit the number of tickets that each person can buy. If you have a legitimate, non-secondary-ticket-market-related need to transfer your tickets, drop us an email and we’ll try to accommodate you as best we can.