Greetings Bacon Nation,

Mark your calendars!

Baconfest Chicago 2016 will be held on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2016 at the UIC FORUM (725 West Roosevelt). 

Want tickets?  Our annual holiday presale will go live at noon on Monday, December 7.

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For the very first time, we’re offering early bird pricing for bacon fanatics who are ready to commit to bacon-paradise AND we’re making a limited number of early bird General Admission tickets available in addition to Early Bird VIP tickets.  Early Bird VIP tickets will cost $175 plus fees; Early Bird General Admission tickets will be $75 plus fees.  Once the limited inventory of Early Bird tickets have sold out, VIP tickets will return to $200 each.  General Admission tickets won’t be available again until our main ticket release in Mid February, when pricing will return to $100 each. Tickets will be available through this website and through our Facebook fan page.

New this year, we’re adding a layer of fun to each session with themes and featured cocktail pairings.  We’ll add a Golden Rasher award to the line-up to honor restaurants whose dishes express the session theme.

The schedule will look like this:

Saturday Lunch – April 30
11:00 A – 12:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Theme: Sweet / 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
Theme: Smoke / 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
Theme: Heat / Featured Cocktail: Bloody Mary

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At each session, Chicago’s most inventive chefs will blow your mind with creative dishes that show bacon off in all its many-splendored facets.  Local mixologists will craft spectacular beverages to pair with those dishes. Beer will flow by the gallon. Bacon makers and luxury brands will be on hand to sample their wares and connect with you, the bacon-community.

Like last year, we are planning to explode Baconfest Chicago beyond the borders of that two day period into what we call “BACON MONTH CHICAGO” with a full month of preview events around town.

  • Bacon Month Kickoff Party
  • Bacon Cooking Demos and Tastings
  • Bacon Cocktail Classes
  • Bacon Specials at participating restaurant all over the city
  • Much Much More!

If you are a bacon fan in Chicagoland, 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 $300,000 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. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s event.

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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 [email protected] for more info.

More details to follow, but save these dates!! SAVE THESE DATES: 4/30/2016 AND 5/1/2016

Photos in this post are by Anne Petersen