Bacon Nation, we have some exciting news to share.

Yes, today, we released the shift by shift chef schedule. It’s impressive, we know.

But that’s not all the news we announced today.


Today, we are thrilled to share the newest addition to the 10th annual Baconfest program: The Old Forester Speakeasy.  Bourbon-lovers know that Old Forester is one of the most respected brands in the business, the longest-running bourbon on the market today, distilled in Kentucky with love since 1870.  Bacon-lovers know that VIP tickets are the best way to experience Baconfest Chicago – with an hour of early access to Baconfest, you can try all the bacony goodness that the fest has to offer with a limited audience – no lines, no crowds, nothing to get in the way of unfettered bacon pleasure.

Now, VIP ticket holders not only gain early access to Baconfest, they also gain exclusive access to the Old Forester Speakeasy throughout the event.  This prohibition-era lounge will have the amenities that VIP ticket holders have been asking for: comfortable seating in a private lounge just steps from the main hall, premium samples of rare expressions of Old Forester Bourbon plus delicious bourbon cocktails crafted by Old Forester brand reps.

Our new partner will offer VIP ticket holders tasting flights of their Whiskey Row Series – a drinkable tour of bourbon history in the form of rare expressions of this classic American spirit. Included in the Whiskey Row Series: tastings of Old Forester’s 1870 Original Batch, a 90-proof minimally filtered homage to Old Forester’s original recipe, 1897 Bottled in Bond, a 100-proof distillation crafted to honor a watershed moment in bourbon history, the U.S. Bottled-In-Bond act of 1897, as well as the 1920 Prohibition Style expression, a 115-proof expression of Old Forester that reflects the style of bourbon in vogue during Prohibition.

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So, if you like sipping bourbon on a comfy couch, want unfettered access to bacon pleasure, and aspire to lounging in the V-I-P, then get your Baconfest Chicago VIP Tickets today!