This year we were joined by another bacon-lover, J. This was her first time attending Baconfest Chicago.
The weather was great and the atmosphere was full of bacon love. One of the cool things about Baconfest Chicago is it brings everyone from different backgrounds together to share their love of bacon.
We thought this year's Baconfest Chicago was the best one so far. The chefs brought their A-game.
Here's what we had this year:
Ay Chiwowa: Puerquito Guacamole and Bacon Vodka
The guacamole was flavorful and light. The tortilla was freshly made and was also light and crunchy. The vodka had a hint of smokiness and a little bit of a burn.
Bacaro: Bacon S'more
This was excellent. The graham cracker paired with the fudge and mousse was great. It was a very good twist on a S'more.
Benny's Chop House: Chocolate "Belly Flop" Cocktail and Bacon and Pecan Dragée
This was quite the cocktail. Vodka, liqueur, and bacon together with a chocolate flavor to it.
The pecan dragée was good. At first they looked like little pellets.
Browntrout: Escargot and Bacon Ragu
The taste buds woke up on this one! Plenty of flavor and the bacon was delicious. The rice really brought out the bacon flavor.
Carlucci: Gnocchi Bolognese
This was very good. The ricotta and the bacon bolognese was a good combination. We could have eaten a pan of this dish.
Carnitas Uruapan: Authentic Carnitas
The pork was very tender and flavorful. The salsa mixture on top was good and flavorful which was a good combination.
Carnivale: Bacon Wrapped Dates
Really liked the taste and presentation of this dish. Definitely could have eaten a whole tray of these.
Chicago Q: Pig Powder Dry Rubbed Candied Bacon
What better way to eat bacon than for it to be dry rubbed and candied?? This had a kick to it, but it wasn't overwhelming.
Firecakes: Maple Glazed Pineapple & Bacon Donut
I believe we had this last year. You can't go wrong with mini glazed donuts with sprinkles of bacon.
Firefly Grill: Pork Belly Steamed Buns
These were awesome!! We scarfed these down pretty quick. The buns were soft and the flavors were great.
Hash House A Go Go: Confit Pork Shoulder Sliders
The coleslaw took this slider to the next level. Not too sweet and not too vinegary, but just enough to bring out the pork and cheese flavors.
HUB 51: Bacon Tacos
These were pretty good. Little pieces of bacon with a nice sauce and lettuce. We could have eaten a platter of these.
Jellyfish: BLT Roll
This was an okay dish. Just enough spin on the bacon.
Laughing Bird: Bacon & Shrimp Dumpling
This brought a little spice to the mouth. It really woke up the taste buds with the heat.
Lillie Q's: Bacon Float
We weren't sure what to think of these initially. The saltiness of the bacon with the sweet taste of the float was really good.
Lobby Lounge: Bacon Popcorn
The best part of this was the bacon. The popcorn itself was okay.
Manbque: Braised Bacon Tacos with Bourbon County Molé
What a great way to enhance tacos!! This was a pretty good combination.
May St. Cafe: Flan
Not everyone can make flan, but the taste of this flan was special because it had bacon in it. Good combination of the bacon, praline and berries.
Mexique: Smoked Bacon Crème Brulee
Loved this dish! Very smooth and light. This was melt in your mouth good.
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro: Candied Bacon Root Beer Float
This was a good twist on the regular root beer float. Bacon, ice cream, homemade root beer, and candied bacon....Yum!
Pleasant House Bakery: Royal Bacon Sausage Rolls
This was an interesting dish. It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't one of the worst. Not sure what was missing with this dish.
Quince: Lemongrass Glazed Bacon
Loved the taste of the bacon, especially the pieces that had bacon fat.
Red Butter: Bacon and Paneer Samosa
Loved the chutney with the paneer. We could have gone back multiple times for this.
Revolution Brewing: Bacon & Egg Tart
Served chilled!! Greedy Eater 2 enjoyed this the most. This was quite different and a new taste to experience. The bacon and the custard had the perfect marriage.
Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse: Napolean Dynamite
Bacon with a slightly hot cherry. This was pretty good. This had low heat from a spice standpoint.
Smallbar: Bacon & Tomato
Looking at this dish, it could either be good or bad. This was an acquired taste.
South Water Kitchen: Bacon Jam Filled Doughnut Holes
We popped these like tic-tacs. The bacon bourbon jam was really good.
Spacca Napoli: Ciliegine di Bufala
This was another acquired taste. The bacon was rolled around the cheese, and packed with flavor.
The Chop Shop: Chop Shop Porchetta
This was another really good dish. Mixing the meat with the sweetness of the sauce tasted really good. We could have eaten this bacon and pork loin all day.
Troquet River North: Balsamic Glazed Pork Belly
Originally we thought this dish was from Old Town Social, but that wasn't the case. This was a very nice piece of bacon that had a tremendous amount of flavor. Just the right amount of salt from the bacon.
ZED 451: Sweet Potato Maple Cajun Bacon Tartlet
Didn't really get a taste of the sweet potato, only bacon. Not a bad thing though. Could have eaten a tray of these.
Nosh This: Bacon Salted Caramel and Bacon Crack
Glad to see this place back at Baconfest Chicago. The salted caramel melts in your mouth and the bacon crack is addicting...just like crack....not that I would know anything about crack.
Salted Caramel: Bacon Popcorn
This bacon popcorn tasted better than Lobby Lounge's. Caramel coated popcorn with bacon.Yum!
Whole Foods: Mini Cupcake with Bacon
Who knew Whole Foods offered such a cute little cupcake. Too bad it was only cute for 5 seconds before it was devoured.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
The coffee was chilled and was very refreshing.
We were going to try Atlas Brewing Company, but we didn't see them. We were also going to try Untitled, but they had ran out by the time we made it over.
Greedy Eater 1's T-shirt for Baconfest Chicago
The Baconfest Chicago 2014 Menu can be found here: http://baconfestchicago.com/chicago-menu
Go to the Saturday lunch menu.