Chicago Eats Up Baconfest 2014

More than 4,500 came out for the annual ode to the other white meat.

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To get to Baconfest 2014, all you need to do was follow the bacon strips.
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Once you got inside, it didn't take long to find folks gettin' piggy with it.
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Many people dressed the part ...
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... while others concentrated on gettin' their eat on.
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You could drink your pork, such as The Fifty50's bacon bloody mary ...
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... or you could take it sweet, with Firecakes' Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon Donut.
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Either way, it's important to pace yourself.
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Baconfest continues to get bigger every year. This year's event was split into three different sessions, Friday night and a Saturday lunch and dinner session. The event has grown from 75 attendees in 2009 to a total of 4,500 guests and more than 160 restaurants this year. The organization donated $75,000 of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Here's some of the best things we ate and craziest sights we saw.
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Pork Belly Steam Buns from Firefly Grill
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Gnochi Bolognese from Carlucci. Hand rolled fresh ricotta and herbs gnocchi, applewood smoked bacon bolognese and powdered bacon.
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Dirty Bastard Bacon & Shrimp Sausage with roasted jalepeno and bacon cream and grilled red cabbage and candied bacon slaw.
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Winners of the best bacon-inspired outfit.
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Carnivale's Bacon-Wrapped Dates. Marcona almond stuffed date, red endive, Fuji apple, romaine lettuce, lavender honey vinaigrette, blue cheese sauce.
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Whole Food's bacon cupcakes.
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Piece's bacon pizza.
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Hutch's Meatballs and Pork Belly served carbonara style with grilled bread.
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Wilfire's Applewood Smoked Pork Belly Sliders with red pickled cabbage and maple horseradish cream.
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Jellyfish's BLT Sushi Roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato with jalepeno sauce, eel sauce, cream cheese wrapped in soy paper.
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Tete Charcuterie's Bacon Terrine.
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Bub City's Black Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese.
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