Baconfest Attendees Consume 8 Thousand Pounds of Pig

By Sarah Freeman  |  April 28, 2014
Credit: Nick Murway

This weekend marked the sixth annual Baconfest, a gluttonous display of meat eating held for two days at UIC Forum. This year’s was the largest by far, welcoming over 4,500 guest to consume 7,800 pounds of Nueske's applewood smoked bacon that was shipped to participating chefs and turned into bacon tacos, bacon sushi rolls, bacon flan, bacon cocktails, bacon ice cream and so much more.

In addition to educing meat sweats, participating restaurants competed for the Golden Rasher trophy, awarded for the most creative use of bacon. One restaurant at each of the three sessions was awarded the small pig statue. Michael Jordan's Steakhouse’s caramelized bacon with clams casino broth, Calabrian chilies and bacon fat bread crumbs won the Friday session. Saturday’s first trophy went to Lillie's Q "Bacon Float" and the evening session was conquered by Farmhouse with "Pigs in Mud" - chocolate bacon custard topped with bacon chocolate "soil" and homemade strawberry gummy pigs.

Those who weren’t able to attend the weekend’s festivities can check out some food porn from the Saturday dinner session. Or go on your own bacon crawl via our 15 must-try bacon dishes from participating Baconfest restaurants.