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2018 Baconfest in the News

Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago eats its way through four tons of bacon at “Baconfest”

ABC Chicago – WLS TV
Windy City Live
Baconfest Chicago Celebrates 10 Years

WGN TV Chicago
Lunch Break – with Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar’s Chef Guy Meikle
Baconfest Chicago Returns with dumplings, dessert and popcorn

WCIU TV – The Jam
Everything Tastes Better with Bacon – with 312 Chicago’s Chef Luca Corrazzina
Weekend Roundup

Fox Chicago TV – Good Day Chicago
Baconfest Chicago Offers bacon from over 140 Vendors – with Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

CBS Chicago TV
Cured Meat Comes to Chicago in Baconfest 2018 – with Bar Takito Chef Yanni Sanchez

NBC Chicago TV
Preview Baconfest Chicago 2018 – from Baconfest’s Main Hall
Baconfest & the Greater Chicago Food Depository – with the GCFD’s Lisa Dick

WGN Radio – 720AM Chicago
Patty Vasquez Up Late – with Baptiste & Bottle Chef James Lintelmann
Steve Cochran Show
Dane Neal On the Road – Baconfest Preview
Bill & Wendy Show with Dane Neal – with Birrieria Zaragoza Chef Jonathan Zaragoza
Dean Richards Sunday Morning

WLS Radio – 890AM
Big John & Rambling Ray

WBBM News Radio


2017 Baconfest in the News
Your Next Windy City Adventure Begins at Baconfest Chicago


2016 Baconfest in the News
Bacon-Lovers Are Going to Flip Out Over This Event
American Meat: Decadence and Divisiveness at Baconfest Chicago

SnapChat “I Love Bacon” Live Story – 21,930,000 views

Mens Journal Magazine


CBS Chicago
Baconfest Adds Sizzle To Chicago’s Festival Season
Baconfest Chicago Next Weekend

Fox Chicago
Baconfest sizzling its way to Chicago

NBC Chicago
Baconfest is here – five segments featuring: Stan’s Donuts, Nueske’s Bacon, Community Tavern, Uncle Dougie’s Bloody Mary, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse.

ABC Chicago

WCIU – You and Me This Morning
Seth Zurer & Jeff Mauro Talk BaconFest

WGN Lunch Break with Chef Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse)

Big 95.5 New Country
Mason, Remy & Alabama with Chef Ashlee Aubin (Salero) and Cristina Bufalino (David Burke’s Primehouse)

97.1 The Drive
Pete McMurray with food from Cardel Reid (Signature Room on the 95th)

WGN Radio
The Download w/ Justin Kauffman – Baconfest Chicago: The Burning Man of bacon
Dave Plier – Baconfest Chicago: Chef’s Tasting Event, Bacon-Inspired Cocktails and Ending Hunger with The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Dane Neal – Bacon on bacon on bacon imminent!
Dane Neal – 2016 Preview
Dane Neal – Bill & Wendy taste bacon from Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
Roe Conn – Tasting cocktails with Johnny Costello / Breakthru Beverage
Dean Richards – FoodTime
Dan’s Dish – Seth Zurer of Baconfest Chicago

WBBM Radio
Noon Business Hour

WLS 890 AM Radio
Steve Dahl Show – with treats from Joshua Kulp (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)
Big John Howell – Baconfest Preview

97.9 The Loop
Mancow talks with Baconfest founder, Seth Zurer and samples treats from Chrissy Camba and Taco in a Bag

Chicago Magazine
If you want to get in on this year’s edition of Baconfest, taking place April 30-May 1, now’s the time to pounce
What to Eat Drink Do

Crain’s Chicago Business
10 Things to Do

Chicago Tribune
Baconfest Chicago 2016 adds Sunday brunch; VIP tickets on sale now
Baconfest: What you missed at the porky festival

Redeye Chicago
Eat Drink Do

The Times of Northwest Indiana
Baconfest beckons with delicious culinary creations

Chicago Reader
Arts/ Do This
Three Dots and a Dash’s Tiki Luau and Pig Roast, Baconfest, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Daily Herald
Bacon-wrapped date

Daily Journal
Wisch List: For springtime events in Chicago, April reigns
Mark Your Calendars For BaconFest 2016
Tickets To This Year’s Baconfest Go On Sale At Noon
Chicagoist’s Guide To April: 20 Fun Things To Do This Month
20 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Weekend

DNA Info
Bacon Wonderland Baconfest Coming To UIC This Weekend
5 Things To Do On the Near West Side This Weekend
Bacon Lovers will squeal with delight

BaconFest Chicago Ticket Listing
BaconFest Kick Off Party
The Best of Baconfest

Eater Chicago
Baconfest Tickets on Sale Monday
Baconfest Chicago Releases 2016 Lineup
Bacon Makes Breakfast Better
Baconfest Draws 4,500 People in 8th Year


Thrillist Chicago

Timeout Chicago
51 exciting openings in April in Chicago

WTTW: Chicago Tonight
The ‘Burning Man of Bacon’ Returns to Chicago
What to Eat at Baconfest
Chicago’s best festivals and events to see in April 2016

Car Con Carne Podcast
It’s like Taste of Chicago, but everything is going to be bacon.

Chicago Food Magazine
Bacon Month in Chicago Kicks-Off with Bocce Ball Cocktail Party
Here’s What You Missed at Baconfest Chicago 2016

Chicago Food Planet
12 Things to Do in Chicago This Spring 2016
Chicago Summer Festivals 2016: Calendar of summer festivals and events
Count Gregula: Baconfest Chicago 2016
Chicago Winter Festivals 2016: Top ten list
Get Hungry for Baconfest 2016
Nunn in the Oven:Baconfest Busts Out

The Daily Meal
Baconmania Strikes Chicago: The Eighth-Annual Baconfest is Coming!

FSR Magazine
Baconfest Chicago Releases Restaurant Roster
Event Listing
Even Listing
Call Sheet

Chicago Foodie Sisters
From the inbox: 2016 Baconfest restaurant roster
From the inbox: Baconfest extends to celebrate bacon throughout April

Dad All Day
Chicago It’s Time For BaconFest!

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Blog
April Highlights
Baconfest Chicago 2016 – April 30 & May 1

The Local Tourist
A Bounty of Bacon This Weekend – Tickets still available to BaconFest
Baconfest 2016 Chef Roster Announced

Meat & Poultry
Smithfield serves brunch at Baconfest Chicago
Local Chefs Bring Their Best to Baconfest
How to be a Judge at Baconfest Chicago

2015 Baconfest in the News
Chicago’s Baconfest keeps up the sizzle after 7 years

USA Today
Spring festival preview: Bacon, beer and Cancun
50 takes on bacon from Chicago’s Baconfest

WCIU Chicago
You & Me This Morning: Featuring Kevin Hickey of Duck Inn
You & Me This Morning: Featuring Pat Sheerin of Trenchermen

WGN-TV Chicago
Lunchbreak: Featuring TETE Charcuterie’s Thomas Rice
LeShock Value: Baconfest Chicago is Back — and better than ever
6 Things to Do In Chicago This Week: Featuring Bacon Month Kickoff

NBC Chicago
Cooking With Chicago Chefs: Cameron Grant Makes “Bacon Cigars”

Fox Chicago
Bacon month arrives in Chicago
Good Day Chicago: Featuring West Town Bakery’s Chris Teixeira

CBS Chicago
Morning News: Featuring Bella Bacino’s Chef Allison Doerr

ABC Chicago
Windy City Live: What’s on Dec

Tasty Trade
Bootstrapping in America

Chicago’s Best TV
Elliott Bambrough interviews Craig Fass of Bad Apple
Elliott interviews Chef Eric from The Southern
Elliott interviews Chef Michael Lopatis from QBBQ
Elliott interviews Diana Sheekar from Sheekar Delights
Elliott interviews Chrissy Camba of Maddy’s Dumpling House
Elliott interviews Flesh for Food about Bacon Popcorn

WBEZ Radio
Baconfest Chicago teams up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

WGN Radio 720 AM
Mike Stephen – Baconfest Preview with the Radler’s Nathan Sears
Spike Manton – Going to this year’s Bacon Fest? Yes, please!
Flavor HD – Dane Neal and Hannah Stanley
Flavor HD – Seth Zurer…Baconfest’s Benevolent Ruler
Steve Cochran – Baconfest 2015: Everybody Loves Bacon
Pete McMurray – Baconfest 2015!!!!
James VanOsdol – Baconfest Co-Founder Seth Zurer
Frank Fontana – Baconfest takes over the WGN Radio Studio!

WLS Radio
Steve Dahl Show – Featuring Three Aces & Charlatan Chef Matt Troost

Entrepreneur Friday – Noon Business Hour

WIIL Rock Radio
Baconfest Chicago VIP tix sale interview

Mancow 97.9 The Loop
Mancow interviews Bella Bacinos Allison Doerr and QBBQ Michael Lopetis

Chicago Tribune
Baconfest VIP tickets on sale now
Baconfest: More than 170 chefs are makin’ bacon

Chicago Sun Times

Crains Chicago Business
10 THINGS TO DO: Including Buy Baconfest Tickets.

Redeye Chicago
Eat. Drink. Do. Featuring Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party
Do-it-yourself Baconfest: 13 porky dishes to try this month
Baconfest Chicago 2015: Recap & Gallery

Daily Herald
Midwest travel: Get cured at Baconfest
Midwest travel: Sample meats, cheeses at artisan festival

Windy City Times
Baconfest hosting Bacon Month events
Baconfest taking place April 17-18
Food events: Bacon Month; Baconfest; ‘Foodphiles’
Baconfest: The annual meat-and-greet

Chicago Magazine
What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week – Bacon Month Kickoff Party
What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week – Baconfest

Black Book
Baconmania Returns To Chicago!

NWI Shore Magazine
Spring Food Forward: A healthy preview for Baconfest and a call for savory South Shore entries

Concierge Preferred
Spring Head First (page 8)
Prepare Your Belly for Baconfest Chicago


9 Delicious Dishes That Take Bacon To The Next Level

Tasting Table
Spring in Your Step: Tasting Table’s Chicago spring 2015 preview

Baconfest 2015 Dates Announced
Baconfest Tickets Go On Sale Today At Noon
Chicago’s Can’t-Miss Festivals In 2015
Chicagoist’s Guide To April: 25 Events To Get You Out Of The House
April Is Officially Bacon Month in Chicago
Bacon Month Starts To Sizzle With Cocktail Party, Baconfest Menu Revealed
Hey Piggy Piggy: Another Baconfest In The Books

Eater Chicago
Clear Your Arteries: Schedule for Baconfest 2015 Released
Can You Smell It Yet? Baconfest Reveals 2015 Lineup
Baconfest Tickets on Sale Monday
Volunteer for Baconfest Tickets Raffle
Baconfest Menus Released
Baconfest Keeps on Sizzling in its Seventh Year (RECAP & GALLERY)

DNA Info
Nana Restaurant To Give Dish Preview Ahead of Baconfest
The Ron Swanson Burger: Whisk’s Half-Pound Patty Wrapped in Pound of Bacon
Baconfest 2015: ‘Gluttony at Its Finest’

The Daily Meal
Get Ready, Chicago: Baconfest 2015 Is Coming
Here are the Top 10 Bites from Baconfest Chicago 2015

Chicago Reader
Act decent, cover your tats, and (maybe) win a pair of Baconfest tickets
A pair of amateur eaters take on Baconfest
Serving on the supreme court of pork at Baconfest

New City Chicago
Brains Behind Baconfest: Seth Zurer Discusses the Pork Belly Bonanza
The Big Heat: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty 2015 (#40)

Time Out Chicago
3 hot dog lessons from Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn
47 exciting things opening in Chicago in April

The Pizzle
Baconfest Chicago is Insane

The DePaulia
Bacon lovers, creative chefs unite at Baconfest Chicago

Medill Reports

Food Business News / Meat+Poultry
Slideshow: A taste of Baconfest

Modern Deli Mobile
Cooking up Profits with BACON

Business Insider

Gapers Block

Check Please Calendar

Food Trace

Chicago Food Magazine

The Local Tourist

Chicago Foodies

Chicago Food Whores

2014 Baconfest in the News

NBC Chicago

Fox Chicago

CBS Chicago

WGN Chicago

ABC Chicago

WGN National / This Week in Agribusiness

Chicago’s Best TV

Touch Vision

WGN Radio
Steve Cochran:
Pete McMurray:
Pete McMurray:
Nick DiGilio:
James Van Osdol:

The Game Chicago Radio

WLS-AM Radio
John Kass & Lauren Cohn:

Rivet Radio 

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune / Redeye,0,1837051.photogallery

Chicago Magazine

DNA Info


Serious Eats

Chicago Reader

Time Out Chicago

Zagat Chicago

Gaper’s Block

The Daily Meal

Check, Please (email newsletter)

Chicago Food Snob Blog

Chicago Foodie Girl Blog

Major Onions Blog

Sage Serendipity Blog

Felt Like a Foodie Blog

The Local Tourist

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine
Download Link for PDF

Alaska Airlines Magazine
Download Link for Article

2013 Baconfest in the News

The Today Show 

CBS2 Chicago News

NBC Chicago News
Preview & Templeton Rye:!/on-air/as-seen-on/Baconfest-/202907811
Bacon shortage:
Ticket sales:
Eckrich Donation:
Daily 5:!/news/local/daily-5/Daily-5–Guns-On-The-CTA-/192080611 

ABC Chicago News 

WGN News 

Chicago Tribune,0,7931142.story 

Chicago Sun-Times 

WGN 720 AM Radio – Nick Digilio 

WBBM Radio 

Fox Business News Radio
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ABC News / Good Morning America Blog

Cooking Channel Blog 

Redeye Chicago
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Ticket sellout:
Tickes on sale:

Huffington Post Blog

Grubstreet Chicago
Ticket Release:

Zagat Blog

Windy City Times 

Gaper’s Block 

Spice Adam’s VLOG 

Chicago Foodie Girl Blog 

Greedy Eaters Blog 

2012 Baconfest in the News

ABC News / Good Morning America

Travel Channel: Food Paradise

1st Look / LXTV!/blogs/1st-look/Ali-Pigs-Out-at-Baconfest/151162485

WLS – Steve Dolinsky, The Hungry Hound 

Chicago’s Best,0,356441.story–147607705.html


Chicago Tribune,0,3743392.story,0,1961449.story


Naperville Sun 

Chicago Reader

Timeout Chicago 

The Atlantic – Cities



Grubstreet Chicago

Huffington Post

Serious Eats

WBEZ Blog – Louisa Chu

Our Town Blog – Sun Times

Chefs in the Kitchen: Watch 312 

The Foodarazzi

Chicago Quirk (Chicago Now)

Chicago Taste Buds Blog

Felt Like a Foodie (Chicago Now)

Treeli Martin Blog

Eat Drink and be Tani

Chicago Foodie Girl Blog

Hardly Housewives Blog

Love n Swine Blog

Greedy Eaters Blog

Cutting out Carbs Blog

2011 Baconfest in the News:

Travel Channel’s CRAVE

WBEZ / Steve Dolinsky

Timeout Chicago
Sun Times

Serious Eats

Grub Street



Huffington Post

Feast Chicago


Silly America

Chicago Bites

Chicago Now: Chicago Food Snob—a-ton-of-bacon.html

Chicago Now: Show Me Chicago

Stress Cake

Bacon du Jour


The Depaulia

Riverfront Times
Paciugo Chicago

Elevate Your Presence

AAA Living Magazine

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine

312 Dining Diva


2010 Baconfest in the News:


4/7/10 WGN – Morning News

Chef Gil Langlois and Baconfest Organizer Andre VonBaconvitch talk bacon cotton candy and Baconfest.  Sponsor Bleeding Heart is along for the ride, as well as product from sponsors Nueske’s and Das Foods.

4/18/09 ABC Chicago – 190 North

Mark explores Chicago’s obsession with Bacon, including visits to Baconfest sponsors the Fifty/50, Das Foods and vendors Vosges and Salted Caramel.  Finally, Mark pays a visit to Baconfest Chicago 2010, talks to co-founder, Seth Zurer and enjoys a bacon cocktail.

4/19/2010 G4TV  – Attack of the Show

Johanna Anonuevo exposes BFC to the nerds of G4TV in this homebrewed Attack of the Show Viewer Army segment.



Jeff Maimon’s feature on-site at Baconfest Chicago 2010

And be sure to check out the individual Chef Short Video Features on the Baconfest Chicago Youtube Channel, courtesy of Kyle Hamman and KBH Media.



4/9/10 WBBM Chicago (CBS Radio)

3/18/10 Vocalo (WBEZ)

4/7/10 95.1 WIIL Rock Wisconsin –



4/7/2010 The Times of NWI

MMMMMM … the sputter of frying bacon. An artery-clogging symphony for the ears.

Oooh, that scrumptious, maple-y aroma wafting from the skillet. Can’t wait. At last! There they lie, crispy strips, straight as sentinels, flanking perfectly fried eggs. Ah, the salty, smoky, crunch of that first bite.  Oh, yeah.  Oh, no. You can’t even grease palms to sneak into Baconfest Chicago on Saturday at the Stan Mansion in Logan Square

4/12/2010 The A/V Club,39999/

We could hardly resist the event at Logan Square’s posh Stan Mansion—and neither could anyone else, apparently: The event sold out 800 tickets for two sessions. In addition to vendors displaying their bacon wares, 24 chefs from restaurants like The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) and Otom (951 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-491-5804) presented the ingredient in inventive ways, right down to boozy iterations of the meat being served. And while we can’t explain the obsession, we can present these highlights from the bacon-y bacchanalia.

4/6/2010 New City Chicago

Bacon is truly the Helen of Troy of meats,” says Baconfest co-founder (and acclaimed theatrical sound designer) Andre Vonbaconvitch. And if all goes according to plan, bacon is going to be the meat that launches (nearly) a thousand plates Saturday April 10 at the Stan Mansion in Logan Square.

4/14/2010 Chicago Tribune

BaconFest Chicago! — a thoughtful celebration of all things bacon held April 10 — featured many of Chicago’s finest chefs making bacon dishes of their choice, a multitude of sponsors that included The Onion, vendors such as Vosges Haut Chocolat and Nueske’s, an amateur bacon recipe cook-off between five finalists and a Bacon Bar and Lounge. It sold 600 tickets in 15 minutes at $45 for one of two sessions, each featuring 12 chefs.

3/3/2010 Chicago Sun Times

4/19/2010 The Torch



1/13/2010 Pork Magazine

4/1/2010 Pork Magazine

4/2010 Delta Sky Issue

Online Media

Gapers Block


Chicago Foodies

Serious Eats

Time Out Chicago’s  Eat Out Blog

Huffington Post Chicago




Sky Full of Bacon

Chicago Now


Bacon Du Jour

Tuscan Foodie

Silly America

Miss Tiffie




Daily Photo Butcher

Law School Food Guy

Chicago Food Fights



2009 Baconfest in the News

see:  BFC 2009