The organizers at Baconfest 2015 don't believe the city's bacon bubble has burst.
"We've found that Chicago's appetite for bacon in unblemished," said Baconfest cofounder Seth Zurer.
Zurer said he's heard the bacon blasphemers, the critics who claim that that bacon fad has passed, but his staff at Baconfest say the enthusiasm has yet to dry out.
Get your pacemakers tuned, as this year's Baconfest, from April 17 and April 18 and again at the UIC Forum, will extend the general admission sessions by 30 minutes, giving festival attendees a full three hours to taste bacon dishes and sips bacon-inspired beverages from 50 chefs. VIP tickets go on sale Dec. 3, while GA admissions will be released sometime in February. Organizers will announce the fest's restaurant lineup sometime in January.
Friday's schedule consists of evening programming with an hour of VIP demos and a three-hour general admission period. There are two such sessions on Saturday, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Last year's ticket sales weren't as crisp as previous iterations of the bacon bacchanalia, when tickets were snapped up within minutes. Tickets still sold out for Baconfest 2014 the month of the event, Zurer said. This is the event's seventh year of showcasing chef demos and bacon dishes in Chicago.