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Baconfest Chicago

Baconfest Chicago

By on Apr 12, 2010 in Event, Illinois |

If you know me, you know one thing. I like bacon. A lot. I even once made bacon brownies. They were delicious.

Val eats bacon at Baconfest Chicago.

So, of course, when I heard about Baconfest Chicago there was no way I wasn’t going to go.

Sold Out Baconfest Chicago.

The day was split up into two shifts and my friends and I chose to go to the second shift: a bacon extravaganza lasting from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday. We got there slightly before three, were handed a bacon lollipop and went to check out the bacon perfume. Then we headed in further to check out the bacon venders.

There were bacon cookies and bacon popcorn and bacon syrup (to make bacon flavored chocolate milk and Pepsi) and bacon cupcakes (my favorite was the BLT) and bacon belts and bacon donuts and free jars of Baconnaise.

Bacon bourbon caramel corn at Baconfest Chicago.

Bacon chocolate milk at Baconfest Chicago.

Bacon cupcakes at Baconfest Chicago.

Bacon memorabilia at Baconfest Chicago.

And of course, bacon.

Bacon at Baconfest Chicago.

And that was just the first floor!

We headed upstairs for more bacony goodness!

Baconfest Chicago.

Baconfest Chicago.

First up was to redeem a drink coupon. I went with a spicy and bacony blood mary.

Bacon Bloody Mary at Baconfest Chicago.

And then it was on to the main ballroom for bacon-chef-apalooza: twelve area restaurant chefs cooking up the best of the best in bacon dishes…and here’s what we ate!

Bacon Rillettes, Coddles Egg Dressing, Pickled Ramps, and Bacon Fat Griddles Brioche Croutons at Baconfest Chicago.
Bacon Rillettes, Coddles Egg Dressing, Pickled Ramps, and Bacon Fat Griddles Brioche Croutons Southwater Kitchen

Gnocchi with Pancetta Ragu at Baconfest Chicago.
Gnocchi with Pancetta Ragu Piccolo Sogno

Hominy with bacon, pork belly, jalapeno, and cheddar at Baconfest Chicago.
Hominy with bacon, pork belly, jalapeno, and cheddar Lula Cafe

Bacon Snickers Bar at Baconfest Chicago.
Bacon Snickers Bar Atwood Cafe

Bacon Ice Cream with caramel and candy bacon at Baconfest Chicago.
Bacon Ice Cream with caramel and candy bacon Chalkboard

Irish Breakfast with Pork Belly, Blood Sausage and pickled cabbage leaf at Baconfest Chicago.
Irish Breakfast with Pork Belly, Blood Sausage and pickled cabbage leaf Paddy Long’s

Bacon tacos at Baconfest Chicago.
Bacon tacos Primehouse

Spring pea bacon and pecorino salad at Baconfest Chicago.
Spring pea bacon and pecorino salad The Purple Pig

Bacon and cod sausage at Baconfest Chicago.
Bacon and cod sausage Eve Restaurant

Pastrami-style bacon with kimchee coleslaw at Baconfest Chicago.
Pastrami-style bacon with kimchee coleslaw The Signature Room

Bacon from balsan at Baconfest Chicago.
This one was supposed to be a lyonnais salad with pork belly, but they ran out of salad, and we got the last pieces of bacon Balsan

Pork belly with peas and braised onions at Baconfest Chicago.
Pork belly with peas and braised onions Vie

After bacon, bacon, and more bacon, it was time for, well, more bacon! We had bacon sangria and a bacon vodka and chocolate milk (surprisingly very tasty). And then went back downstairs for more samples and to buy some bacon. I ended up with a pack of Spencer’s Irish Back Bacon which I had sampled and loved because it was a little meatier than I’m used to.

Primehouse tacos at Baconfest Chicago.

Man in a bacon suit at Baconfest Chicago.

Bacon vodka at Baconfest Chicago.

It was an awesome day of bacon awesomeness. And I think I am still in a bacon coma.

Have I used the word “bacon” a record number of times in this post? Yeah, this was a lot even for me! It’s hard to say which dish was my favorite as I quite enjoyed them all. The bacon ice cream was delicious. The Irish breakfast was yummy and I think they win my vote for the fact that I ate something with the term “blood sausage” in the description. I liked Vie’s pork belly. I liked the tacos. I liked Southwater’s dish and I liked the gnocchi…I think I pretty much just liked bacon.