Baconfest Chicago 2019

Baconfest Chicago 2019

This weekend will herald two very special extravaganzas - 1) the celebration of Countess Gregula's 50th year on this Earth and 2) the arrival of one of the most delicious events of the food-lover's year - the 11th Annual Baconfest Chicago! Since my birthday party is private, and the Festival de la Bacon is not, we here at Team Gregula will be providing crispy coverage of Chicago's premiere bacon festival for the FOURTH yummy year in a row.

Baconfest is a fun tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from some of Chicago's finest restaurants. Ticketholders can expect a unique showcase of bacon talent featuring over 150 top chefs along with master mixologists and brilliant brewers handing out bacon-inspired beverages. A portion of proceeds from Baconfest Chicago are donated to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, participating chefs in each session will also compete for the Golden Rasher Award. A panel of judges will avard for “Most Creative Use of Bacon” and “Best Front of House Presentation.”

Baconfest Chicago will be held at the UIC Dorin Forum, located at 725 West Roosevelt, Chicago. The fest includes three sessions: dinner on Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Each session features a brand new line up of 50 - 60 restaurants/chefs. For the 2019 Baconfest Chicago Restaurant Roster go HERE.

2019 Baconfest Sessions:

Friday Dinner - April 5

  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM VIP Hour
  • 7:00PM - 10:00PM General Admission

Saturday Lunch - April 6

  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM VIP Hour
  • 12:00PM - 3:00PM General Admission

Saturday Dinner - April 6

  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM VIP Hour
  • 7:00PM - 10:00PM General Admission


  • VIP Tickets | $160
  • General Admission | $85
  • Bacon-Only / No Alcohol - General Admission | $60

All ticket types (except Bacon-Only) receive unlimited dishes from the chefs, seven drink tickets (redeemable for paired beer, wine and cocktails from Baconfest's beverage partners), a Baconfest Tote Bag and a souvenir program. VIP offers access to the VIP Hour (for some uncrowded bacony fun) and General Admission for the session selected.

NEW FOR 2019 – Friday Dinner VIP Ticket Holders also get exclusive access to a Baconfest-Only Sample-Size Bacon Ramen by Akahoshi Ramen aka u/Ramen_Lord aka @Ramenover aka Mike Satinover.

All Saturday Ticket Holders get to try rare mezcal from Oaxaca thanks to our S.A.C.R.E.D. Mezcal Popup!

Tickets are on sale HERE.

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