Baconfest 2016 – foodporn to help Chicago’s hungry
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.
Colin Joliat is the brains behind this rinky-dink operation. He covers the alcohol industry with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. He's written for Brobible, Guyism, Thrillist, CoolMaterial, Craft, and more.