Give the best last minute gift ever

Scanning through the sea of emails this week (most of which are from retailers pushing deals to entice procrastinators to make purchases), I spotted this press release below. It's a great one-size-fits-all gift - tickets to Baconfest. Bacon really does make everything better. And there's nothing better than hours of noshing on everything bacon at the uber fun and delicious annual fest. I attended last year and it immediately became one of my favorite food events of the year. So, surprise that bacon lover in your life with this meaty ticket.

Unique, Experiential Gift Perfect for Fun-Loving Foodies and Bacon Cult Fans
December 20, 2016 (Chicago, IL) -  Just in time for the holidays, tickets for Baconfest Chicago 2017 are on sale now. "Snuggies, Chia Pets, Lazy Mop Slippers, let's stop the holiday gift giving madness. Instead of more stuff, give a once-in-year bacon experience," said Seth Zurer, co-founder of Baconfest Chicago. "Bacon is the one gift that everyone loves, it always fits, and it never goes out of style. "

On March 31 and April 1, more than 150 of the city's best chefs will gather together with members of the bacon community to celebrate pork and culinary ingenuity at the ninth annual Baconfest Chicago. Baconfest Chicago 2017 will unfold over the course of three sessions at the UIC Forum located at 725 West Roosevelt, each with its own unique menu of creative bacon dishes and its own lineup of celebrated chefs.  
Baconfest Chicago Tickets 
Early Bird pricing for General Admission tickets will be $75 plus ticketing fees; Early Bird VIP tickets will go for $175 plus fees. Once Early Bird tickets are sold out, prices rise to $100 for General Admission and $200 for VIP. All ticket holders get access to their selected General Admission session, including unlimited bacon dishes from more than 50 chefs as well as seven drinks tickets good for beer, wine and cocktails.  VIP ticket holders are allowed one hour of early access to the session selected, with no crowds and unfettered access to bacon pleasure. Tickets to the event are on sales now at A limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets will be available for purchase. 

Baconfest Chicago supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository with a donation from event proceeds, a raffle on site and a food drive at the event. Over its eight year history, the event has generated more than $360,000 in donations to the area's largest food bank. This translates to more than 1.1 million meals for hungry people in our community. 
About Baconfest:
Baconfest Chicago holds its ninth tasting event on March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt). Ticketholders gain access to a bacon-wonderland where the city's best chefs hand out amazing creative bacon snacks. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon products. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, Baconfest gives out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world). Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. In addition to hosting a food drive and raffle at the event, Baconfest Chicago donates a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Since 2009, Baconfest's support has resulted in more than $360,000 for Chicago's food bank, which translates into more than 1,100,000 meals for hungry people in the area.

Helpful and Mouthwatering Links:
Photos, videos and press coverage of Baconfest: 
A recap of Baconfest Chicago 2016 (including Golden Rasher winners):
The Baconfest Manifesto:

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