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Baconfest Chicago 2013 tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 20

  • Michi Fugie, Kathy Takeguchi and Sheena Jones during the Baconfest 2012 at the UIC Forum in Chicago, Illinois on April 14, 2012.
Michi Fugie, Kathy Takeguchi and Sheena Jones during the Baconfest 2012… (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye )
February 18, 2013|By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

UPDATE: Baconfest tickets sold out within an hour of release on Feb. 20.

Love bacon and have $100 to burn? Then you've probably already marked your calendar for Wednesday, when general admission tickets for Baconfest 2013 on April 20 go on sale.

Tickets will be available for purchase online starting at 12 noon on Wednesday on ticketing site Eventbrite.com. In past years, they've sold out within a matter of hours. The $100 (plus fees) general admission ticket buys you access to the fest during either the lunch session (12:30-3 p.m.) or dinner session (6:30-9 p.m.). A portion of proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

More than 100 chefs from local restaurants are lined up to pass out samples of bacon-inspired dishes at either the lunch or dinner sessions. A number of restaurants that opened within the last year are appearing at Baconfest for the first time, including Bang Bang Pie Shop, Baume & Brix, Belly Q, Bel 50, Firecakes, La Sirena Clandestina and Maison at the lunch session and Dragon Ranch, Little Market Brasserie, Carriage House and Trenchermen at the dinner session.

There are even some chefs on board representing restaurants that haven't open yet, such as former Vie chef Nathan Sears representing his in-the-works project The Radler and D.A.S.

Check out the full lineup on baconfestchicago.com.

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