Baconfest 2016 – foodporn to help Chicago’s hungry

Firecakes - Maple bacon long john
Firecakes – Maple bacon long john

Baconfest is strong enough for a glutton, but Ph balanced for foodies.

Baconfest Chicago recently marked its 8th running of the pigs, and it was yet another amazing year for one of the city’s premier food festivals.

More than 4,500 people stalked the halls of the UIC Forum hunting for the best bacon dishes in Chicago. They weren’t tough to find though, as 150 chefs participated. These aren’t the guys down at Howard Johnson either (no offense to HoJo cooks). We’re talking the city’s best chefs best. Michelin men James Bearded ladies alike all put forth their creative use of bacon, and it was a site to behold as you can see below.

People could rest easy in their food comas knowing that their overeating was for a good cause as Baconfest donated an astounding $50,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, passing the 1-million meals donated mark this year. Any leftovers from the weekend itself were donated to a local shelter as well.

And as with any good festival, the drinks were flowing as well. I stopped by Revolution Brewing and Lagunitas to grab beers, picked up a Templeton Rye Manhattan, and even drank a Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary and a Sofie-mosa (Goose Island Sofie and OJ squeezed on onsite) because technically it was brunch. Add a few Old Styles in between and it was a pretty successful day.

It was truly a festival of bacon. Costumes were donned, bacon poems were read, and the event culminated with a Sean Cooper singing his artery shattering song “Porkalujah,” the poetic homage to Leonard Cohen that won him last year’s poetry contest.

Kudos to Baconfest for putting on such an amazing event year after year. If you’re in Chicago next year on April 29/30th, definitely pick up a ticket and join in the swine dining.

Check out 2014 and 2015 Baconfest foodporn gallery here.

Taco in a Bag - Bacon parmesan nachos
Taco in a Bag – Bacon parmesan nachos
Pork & Mindy's - Fire-rubbed pig candy BLT
Pork & Mindy’s – Fire-rubbed pig candy BLT
Firefly Grill - Applewood smoked pork belly
Firefly Grill – Applewood smoked pork belly
Revolution Brewpub - Bacon stuffed bacon
Revolution Brewpub – Bacon stuffed bacon
Duck Inn - Frankenduckie
Duck Inn – Frankenduckie
Bottlefork - Bacon Banh Mi!
Bottlefork – Bacon Banh Mi!
Woodhaven Bar and Kitchen - Elk to perfection
Woodhaven Bar and Kitchen – Elk to perfection
Sandwich King Jeff Mauro
Sandwich King Jeff Mauro
Smack Dab Chicago - Bacon jammed biscuits and gravy
Smack Dab Chicago – Bacon jammed biscuits and gravy
Ballaro - Pork Belly Cannelloni
Ballaro – Pork Belly Cannelloni
The Signatutre Room at the 95th - Porklava
The Signatutre Room at the 95th – Porklava
Chop Shop - Cheesy Bacon Bourbon Bite
Chop Shop – Cheesy Bacon Bourbon Bite
Imperial La Mian - Black Char Siu
Imperial La Mian – Black Char Siu
Homemade Sin Bakery - Maple bacon glazed scones, bacon fat gingersnaps, and chocolate PB salted caramel bacon fudge
Homemade Sin Bakery – Maple bacon glazed scones, bacon fat gingersnaps, and chocolate PB salted caramel bacon fudge
Howells and Hood - Bacon Bratwurst
Howells and Hood – Bacon Bratwurst
Ol' Major Bacon Bourbon
Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon
Untitled Supper Club - Smoke pork belly & octopus sisig
Untitled Supper Club – Smoke pork belly & octopus sisig
Vie - Bacon chili
Vie – Bacon chili
Smithfield - Bacon Tots
Smithfield – Bacon Tots
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Baconfest mascot is a cannibal
Hendricks gin
Hendricks gin
Paddy Long's - Bacon Poppers
Paddy Long’s – Bacon Poppers
Kaiser Tiger - The Happy Groucho
Kaiser Tiger – The Happy Groucho
Creative CONEcepts - Bacon Bourbon Hash-wich
Creative CONEcepts – Bacon Bourbon Hash-wich
Coconutz - The Devil's Breakfast
Coconutz – The Devil’s Breakfast
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse - Bacon Togarashi Ramen
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse – Bacon Togarashi Ramen
Uncle Bub's BBQ - Smoked Pork Belly
Uncle Bub’s BBQ – Smoked Pork Belly
Uncle Bub's BBQ - Super Sized Smoked Pork Belly
Uncle Bub’s BBQ – Super Sized Smoked Pork Belly
ZED 451 - Chicago is Bacon-me Crazy Cupcake
ZED 451 – Chicago is Bacon-me Crazy Cupcake
Italian Village Restaurants pig diner
Italian Village Restaurants pig diner
Italian Village Restaurants - Beer and Bacon Pancakes
Italian Village Restaurants – Beer and Bacon Pancakes
Italian Village Restaurants - Beer and Bacon Pancakes
Italian Village Restaurants – Beer and Bacon Pancakes
A canful of beer makes the sodium go down
A canful of beer makes the sodium go down
Big Fork Brands... so witty
Big Fork Brands… so witty
Cantina Laredo - Tequila habanero bacon jam empanadas
Cantina Laredo – Tequila habanero bacon jam empanadas
Lagunitas - Westified bacon with sour cherry reaper sauce
Lagunitas – Westified bacon with sour cherry reaper sauce
Osteria la Madia - Bacon and truffled spinach ravioli
Osteria la Madia – Bacon and truffled spinach ravioli
River Valley Farmers - Unicorn Blood Toffee Bark
River Valley Farmers – Unicorn Blood Toffee Bark
River Valley Farmers - Hot Sauce
River Valley Farmers – Hot Sauce
Smylie Brothers Brewing - Bacon Hot link with bacon cracker jack
Smylie Brothers Brewing – Bacon Hot link with bacon cracker jack
E+O Food and Drink - Marinated soy curd with bacon sushi rice
E+O Food and Drink – Marinated soy curd with bacon sushi rice
Cemitas Puebla - Cemita de Tocino Enchilada
Cemitas Puebla – Cemita de Tocino Enchilada
Pork & Mindy's - Fire-rubbed pig candy BLT
Pork & Mindy’s – Fire-rubbed pig candy BLT
South Water Kitchen - Bacon Cilantro Jam on Jalapeno Corn Gordita
South Water Kitchen – Bacon Cilantro Jam on Jalapeno Corn Gordita

Check out 2014 and 2015 Baconfest foodporn gallery here.

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