Baconfest Chicago is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in Chicago.

“On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products. Guests grab a Baconfest: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around in a bacon-lover’s Nirvana. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, we give out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world) to pro and amateur chefs as well as the winners of our Bacon ar ts poetry, video, song, and other contests. Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. We donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales, host raffles and organize sponsor matching donations to local food charities. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised over $205,000 enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food depository to distribute more than 670,000 meals to hungry people in the area. Although we are not a 501 c3 non-profit, our charitable giving is central to our event and to our identity.” –Seth Zurer, Baconfest

Vanille Chicago at Baconfest 2015
Vanille Chicago at Baconfest 2015. Photographer Peter Tsai