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Baconfest Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 19, 2013 8:20PM


Start hitting your refresh button now: Baconfest Chicago general admission tickets go on sale at noon tomorrow. Tickets generally sell out within a few minutes, so if you are really committed to getting your fill of porcine plenty, plan to take your lunch break at 11:55. Or just skip work entirely, really.

In case you've been under a rock for the last three years (or recently converted from veganism) Baconfest is an enormous celebration of all things pork. Bacon-crazed people converge like hungry zombies on the UIC Forum and practically every big-name restaurant in the city comes up with a dish that includes bacon. Last year, they went through a literal ton of Neuske's bacon. Doing some basic math, that's 128,000 grams of saturated fat or approximately 26,000% of your daily allotment. Your clothes will smell like baconfat by the end of the day.

Just like last year, this year's event is actually split into two different "sessions." The lunch session runs from 12:30 - 3 p.m. and the dinner session runs from 6:30 - 9 p.m. There are VIP sessions before each that let you in an hour early. VIP tickets for the lunch session are sold out, but if it's worth it to you to pay an extra $100 for another hour of gluttony (with significantly reduced crowds), dinner VIP tickets are still available.

Which session should you buy tickets for? It's a close call. Definitely check out the list of chefs before you make your decision so you don't miss your favorites. In previous years, we've always attended mid-day. The downside? You smell like bacon, taste bacon and feel kind of like a pork belly for the entire rest of the day. If you go for the evening session, you can just go home, shower and collapse into a heap of pork fat.

General admission tickets cost $100. Here's the ticketing link again, just in case. Happy clicking!