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The 12th Annual Baconfest Chicago returns on Saturday, April 18, 2020 to the UIC Dorin Forum (725 West Roosevelt). Baconfest Chicago is an annual tasting festival that draws culinary talent in Chicago together in one room to celebrate bacon in all its forms. Over the course of two sessions (Lunch & Dinner), bacon enthusiasts will be offered a menu of bacon dishes and its own lineup of chefs - all vying for the coveted Golden Rasher Awards.

Today, Baconfest organizers released a first look at the year’s list of participating chefs. This year’s line-up includes returning favorites and new Chicago spots, all vying for the Golden Rashers awards. Chefs compete in two categories: Most Creative Use of Bacon and Best Front of House Presentation, with winners taking home towering trophies topped with gleaming pigs, bragging rights, and the envy of their peers. Most Creative Use of Bacon comes in two flavors: Judges’ Choice, awarded by a panel of handpicked judges from the Chicago food world and People's Choice, selected by Baconfest attendees who vote for their favorite by text message. For the bacon public, a prize is offered for Best Bacon Poem. 

Baconfest Lunch - Presented by Jewel-Osco

AceBounce - Nina Madsen

Atwood - David FIngerman

Bespoke Cuisine - Joe Morales -- NEW FOR 2020

Bistro Campagne - Adam Grandt

Community Tavern - Joey Beato

Davanti Enoteca - Jim Day

Eden - Devon Quinn -- NEW FOR 2020

Farmhouse Chicago - Eric Mansavage


Flo & Santos - Lupe Garcia

Fred’s Garage - Geo Tapia

Goose Island Brewpub - Henry Pariser

Jordan's Food of Distinction - Stephanie Hickey

Kaiser Tiger

Kitty O'Sheas - Mario Garcia

Latinicity Food Hall - Marcos Flores

Market House on the Square - Dan Marquis

Mercat a la Planxa - David Murphy

Murray Bros. Caddyshack

N'awlins Edibles Traveling Chef - Cheryl Bowman

NoMI Kitchen - Eric Damidot

One Lake Brewing - Nick Stewart -- NEW FOR 2020

Paddy Long's

Phillipe C'est Bon - Phillipe Sobon -- NEW FOR 2020

Piece Pizzeria and Brewery

Sheekar Delights - Diane Joseph

Smack Dab - Axel Erkenswick

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company

Sociale - John McLean & Martin Murch 

Soul Kantina - Turon Cummings

The Broken Barrel Bar - Bryant Anderson

The Dearborn - Juan Cervantes

The Signature Room at the 95th - Cardel Reid

Travelle at The Langham - Jeff Vucko

Vinci - Ino Cruz

Wow Bao 

Baconfest Dinner

Amazing Edibles Catering - Eric Halvorsen

Asadito Taco - Nick Bajal -- NEW FOR 2020

Bangers & Lace - Evanston

Bar Roma - Fred Ramos

Batter & Berries - Ken Polk

Berger Station - Ivan Gonzalez -- NEW FOR 2020

Cafe ba ba Reeba! - Eric Jorgensen

Carnivore - Erik Williams

CheSa's Gluten Free Food Truck - Chesaree Rollins

Chicago Q

Copper Fox Gastropub - Cortney Pierce

CRĪO Bar and Restaurant - Luis Guzman

Edzo's Burger Shop

Fire Thyme - Jamie Bisioulis

Flo Cafe & Bar - Leonard Sanchez

Gale Street Inn - Geoff Silverwood -- NEW FOR 2020

Good Measure - Matthew Troost

Goose Island Brewpub - Henry Pariser

Imperial Lamian - Alan Tan

Naansense - Hiran Patel

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern - Bryant Anderson

SafeHouse -- NEW FOR 2020

Takito Street - Dudley Nieto

The Bageler's Coffeehouse - Jotam Torres -- NEW FOR 2020

The Florentine - Zachery Walrath

The Grill On The Alley - Ozzy Amelotti

The Grillroom Chophouse and Winebar

The Roaming Hog - Eddie Aguilar

Three Floyds Brewpub - Pat Niebling

Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar

XO Marshmallow - Melissa Humphrey

In addition to bacon dishes, attendees can peruse offerings from luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers and bacon-trepreneurs vendors. Local mixologists and brewers also serve up their bacon-inspired cocktails, beer, and wine throughout the two sessions.

Creators of Baconfest Chicago also look to give back and support the Greater Chicago Food Depository with a donation from events proceeds, a raffle on-site, and a food drive at both events. Over its 11 year history, Baconfest has generated more than $480,000 in donations to the area's largest food bank. This translates to more than 1.5 million meals for hungry people in the Chicagoland community. 


General Admission tickets offer access to a three-hour tasting session of their choice with unlimited tastings of creative bacon dishes. VIP tickets give guests an hour of early access to the annual pork-a-palooza. All ticket types (other than Bacon-Only) include seven drink tickets good for beer, wine, and cocktails. 

Saturday Lunch – April 18 (PRESENTED BY JEWEL-OSCO)

●      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM VIP Hour

●      12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission

Saturday Dinner – April 18

●      6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour

●      7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission 

Baconfest Tickets:

●      General Admission Tickets: Full Price: $85 + fees. Three hours of bacon splendor, up to 7 drink tickets included.

●      VIP Tickets: Full Price: $160 + fees. Includes all of the above plus one hour of early access to Baconfest.

●      Bacon-Only / No Alcohol - General Admission $60 + fees - Save with Bacon-Only tickets – take advantage of unlimited bacon dishes and complimentary soft drinks.  No  alcoholic drinks included in admission; alcoholic beverages are NOT available for purchase. 

●      Group Rate General Admission (Minimum 5). $70 + fees – Bring your whole bacon-posse and save.  Buy 5 or more general admission advance tickets and save $20 on each ticket. 


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