Happy New Year, Bacon Nation!

Baconfest (4/25 & 4/26)  is T-minus 14 weeks away and we have two delicious news nuggets for you today.

Mark your calendars! General Admission Tickets ($100) go on sale FEBRUARY 24th. (Can’t wait that long? Some Cooking Channel VIP Hour tickets are still available at CHICAGO TICKETS.) This year, ticket holders will be able to select from THREE sessions that span TWO DAYS, April 25th and April 26th – a Baconfest first! Ticketholders get access to all the food offered during the shift selected, drink tickets, and a reusable Baconfest tote bag. Fear not, you can win tickets, too!  Fan contests include  the Nueske’s Amateur Bacon Cook-off and “best” bacon cocktail, bacon poem and bacon YouTube video competitions, to name a few.

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The Highly-Anticipated 2014 Restaurant Roster! We’d be lying if we said we weren’t proud of how BFC has blossomed. Our first event featured ten chefs making bacon-creations. This year, more than 150 chefs and restaurants will share their bacon-genius at our bacon-vaganza.

Our gourmet bacon celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our amazing chef and restaurateur partners. Each and every one of them donates time, talent and resources inspired by a love of bacon, a desire to share the pork love and in support of our long-standing charity partner, The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Drumroll please! Here is the Exhibition Roster for Baconfest Chicago 2014!

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This year’s event will run the course of two days and we are in the process of finalizing each session’s line up. Stay tuned for those details early next month.

We would be remiss if we did not give a BIG shout-out to our Bacon Sponsor, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. For the 6th 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!  Viva all of our 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 2014, 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