Last weekend, Baconfest Chicago finished its tenth year feeding over 4,000 bacon lovers and foodies with nearly 8,000 pounds of Nueske's Bacon. Chicago's top chefs from 140 restaurants joined together in the festival at UIC Forum for three sessions of bacon-inspired cocktails, craft beer and unlimited bacon treats.
Baconfest Chicago presented $30,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, an organization that makes sure no one goes hungry in the Second City. In ten years, Baconfest Chicago has raised more than $430,000 for their charity partner, which translates to more than 1,300,000 meals for hungry Chicagoans.
As part of each session, participating chefs competed for the Golden Rasher Award, an award to celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts. A panel of judges gave awards for "Most Creative Use of Bacon" and "Best Front of House Presentation." For the first time in Baconfest
history, fans had the chance to choose a winner, too - guests voted by text-message for their favorite dish to receive the "People's Choice" Golden Rasher award.