Greetings Bacon Nation,

As you veterans of our event already know, Baconfest Chicago is not merely a celebration of Bacon-gluttony though that is undoubtedly our biggest selling point. Central to our mission is supporting our charitable partner:


In addition to donating a substantial portion of our proceeds ($50,000 in 2012), we are again co-hosting a MAJOR Food Drive with the GCFD at the event on April 20th. Over the last two years, Baconfest attendees have contributed over 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the GCFD.

We are thrilled to announce that Eckrich has come on board as a matching partner for 2013!! Eckrich will match pound for pound everything we collect with a donation of Bacon Lovers Deli Meats up to 2500 pounds for the GCFD.  This is AWESOME.  Just AWESOME.  Thank you Eckrich for supporting this incredible organization called the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Their mission: to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

How can YOU help?  (and by “you” we mean ticket holders attending Baconfest)

On April 20th, please bring donations of non-perishable food with you to Baconfest Chicago 2013 for our Food Drive.

  • If Karma is not reason enough, guests who bring non-perishable food for the drive will be given raffle tickets to win some truly amazing prizes.  For every 2 cans of food donated, guests will receive 1 raffle ticket. And remember, every pound you donate will be matched by Eckrich Deli Meats!
  • Not into schlepping food?  Rest assured you can still help by purchasing raffle tickets at the event.  Tickets will cost $5 per ticket.  $20 will purchase 6 tickets (2 extra for the bulk purchase).
  • What are these raffle prizes?  Stay tuned for a full roster of the mind-blowing vendor packages full of bacony-goodness which will be awarded to lucky winners.

To learn more about the GCFD, visit

More on Eckrich below:

Bacon Lovers Deli Meats from Eckrich to Sponsor, Sample and Donate at Baconfest Chicago

Hey, bacon lovers!  Eckrich is bringing the “Best Idea Ever” to Baconfest Chicago 2013: our Bacon Lovers Deli Meats.

We’re excited to say we’ll be making our first appearance as a Baconfest sponsor and will have all five varieties of our Bacon Lovers Deli Meats for sampling:

·       Bacon Covered Ham
·       Bacon Covered Club
·       Bacon Ranch Chicken Breast with Bacon
·       Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast with Bacon
·       Peppered Bacon Covered Roast Beef

Each uniquely delicious variety of deli meat is made with real bacon – because everything tastes better with bacon, right?  We like to think of it as our best idea ever.  Bacon Lovers Deli Meats were recently rolled out to retailers nationwide. So if you haven’t tried them yet, you’ll have your chance on April 20th at Baconfest Chicago!

Of course, we also plan to help the Greater Chicago Food Depository while we’re there.  We encourage everyone planning to attend Baconfest to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Chicago Food Depository, and we will match it with a donation of up to 2500 pounds of Bacon Lovers Deli Meat.

Eckrich is part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.  Visit us on Facebook at

About John Morrell Food Group:
With over a century and a half of experience, John Morrell Food Group brands have become respected and well known for providing premium-quality meat products to families across the United States. With products ranging from lunchmeat and franks to smoked sausage, bacon and pepperoni, the John Morrell Food Group is an important part of consumers’ mealtimes. The John Morrell Food Group offers several national and regional brands including Armour®, Eckrich®, John Morrell®, Curly’s®, Patrick Cudahy®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Margherita®, Kretschmar® and LunchMakers®.