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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Baconfest Chicago

I found another bacon festival!
Doing this blog is really making me want to travel.

Baconfest Chicago is happening on April 9th at the UIC Forum in Chicago, and it looks like amazing food and fun:
Baconfest Chicago is a full day celebration of bacon: a Fest to end all Fests. Baconfest’s roster of bacon-inspired activities, bacon-foods, and bacon-spirits comprise the greatest single culinary and cultural festival ever dedicated to Bacon and Bacon only.
Sounds like my kind of event!  But if you're wondering what actually goes on there, they give this nice little summary:

At the Bacon Vendor Expo, over thirty artisan bacon-makers and bacontrepreneurs will display, sample, and sell their multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products on the floor of the Vendor Expo. Grab a Baconfest Chicago: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around. You’ll have landed in a bacon-lover’s Nirvana.
At the Bacon Chef Expo and Bar, chefs from over forty-five of Chicago’s hottest restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. Chicago’s finest mixologists and brewers quench our throats made parched from all that delicious bacon with their refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. In the Chef Expo and Bacon Bar local restaurants will serve bacon-based snacks, local bakeries will concoct bacon-sweets, and local bars will serve up bacon cocktails and refreshing beer.
The highlight of the event: the Golden Rashers, the Oscars of the bacon world, presented to the winners of the Pro & Amateur Bacon Cook-offs, as well as a bevy of other prize categories.
The website is full of great information about the event.  You can read the manifesto, see the charity this year's event will sponsor and even buy a t-shirt.  you can also learn about the different chefs, mixologists and vendors that will be there, so go explore it a bit and see why I'm totally envious of those lucky ticketholders.

You can go here to get the basic FAQs, but it looks like they are completely sold out for this year!  They say that there will still be some free ticket giveaways coming up, so I'd suggest joining their mailing list if you really want to go.

If you can whip up a poem about bacon before tomorrow, you might win some tickets:
That’s right, for the next 10 days, we’ll be accepting submissions for the BEST POEM ABOUT BACON.
What does this mean exactly?  What ever you want it to mean.  We want to read some poems about bacon, why you love it, why you just can’t get enough, why it haunts your dreams… you get the idea.
Go here for more info!


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