Greetings Bacon Nation,

We hope you have all had a great summer!!  We here at Bacon Headquarters are setting in motion preparations for the 5th annual Baconfest Chicago.  We have a date and venue to announce!

Baconfest Chicago 2013 will be held on Saturday April 20th, 2013 at the UIC FORUM (725 West Roosevelt) just south of downtown Chicago.

(That’s right, 4/20.  Where better to be on 4/20 than at Baconfest Chicago with the city’s best chefs eating BACON….)

The event structure will be similar to last year – two shifts, each with a VIP hour and a general admission period.  We’re excited to fine-tune the structure a little based on lessons learned last April while keeping everything that we love about our fest.

We plan to release a limited number of VIP tickets in December in time for holiday gift-giving.  These tickets are for our most die-hard of fans as our partner restaurants and shift breakdowns aren’t yet finalized, so you have to really love the event and trust us that it’s gonna be rad.  All general admission tickets will go on sale in mid February.  We will be sure to email our mailing list subscribers any time a ticket release is planned and we will also get the word out via social media.

If you are a bacon fan in Chicago-land, we hope by now you know us.  You know the event ROCKS.  You know we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you have a great experience with our amazing chefs, sponsors and other exhibitors as we gather together to celebrate bacon.  You know we support an incredible charity partner, the Greater Chicago Food Depository for whom you’ve helped us raise over $85,000 in the few short years since we began.  We hope you know what a pleasure it would be for Baconfest to have you return to party with us once again.

For anyone not familiar with our event, please join our mailing list ( and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( so that you can stay tuned for details about next April’s mega-bacon-spectacular, as well as for updates on our expansion plans in San Francisco and Washington D.C.  Check out our wrapup of last year’s event.  Watch the segment that LXTV shot of the 2012 fest.

If you are a chef/restaurant/sponsor/exhibitor and you are a veteran of Baconfest Chicago, rest assured, we will reach out to you individually to invite you to return.  If you are new to Baconfest and would like to exhibit, e-mail for more info.

More details to follow, but save the date!!  SAVE THAT DATE – 4/20/13
Andre, Seth and Michael
Co-founders, Baconfest Chicago