The Illinois Pork Producers Association is connecting with hundreds of bacon-lovers on April 10 with "Baconfest Chicago" at the Stan Mansion in Logan Square, Chicago.

The response by Chicagoans, and bacon lovers throughout the U.S., was loud and clear: the event sold out in mere minutes and will host 750 bacon fans.

"I'd be hard-pressed to name someone who does not like bacon," said Brent Scholl, president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, and a pork producer from Polo, Ill. "It's in a league of its own. And by the response to the event, we know we'll be in the company of dedicated bacon enthusiasts."

"Bacon beer, bacon desserts, a bacon poetry contest, an amateur bacon cook-off - if you can dream it up, it will probably be there," said Erin Cleary, director of marketing and education at the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

The IPPA represents pork producers in the state. That comes to more than 2,900 people who play a role in bringing delicious bacon, pork loin, ham, pepperoni and sausage to the taste buds of the true bacon aficionado.

When asked about IPPA's role at Baconfest Chicago, Scholl said, "We'll have an opportunity to talk to consumers about what we do to ensure they get the high-quality pork products they love."

In addition, IPPA will be taking the opportunity to expand the impact of their "Pork Power" initiative. To date, Pork Power has generated more than 124,500 pounds of pork, or nearly 500,000 meals to families throughout Illinois.

Looking forward to sharing his expertise as a presenter at Baconfest, Scholl said, "It will be interesting to see the variety of people that come out to publically profess their adoration for bacon!"

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Source: Illinois Pork