Ladies and gentlemen, start your salivary glands.
The 2014 edition of Baconfest kicks off Friday at the UIC Form on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
More than 160 chefs will be available through Sunday for the sixth annual event that offers fest-goers the opportunity to dine on succulent swine.
An estimated 8,000 pounds of bacon will get cooked up for the sold-out event.
Tickets for the 2012 fest sold out in three hours. The 2013 edition sold out in just 41 minutes.
A donation of all the proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and donations goes to local food charities. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised more than $85,000, organizers said.