Baconfest to sizzle at Wagner Farm
6-8 p.m., April 27
Wagner Farm Heritage Center, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview
VIP ticketholders will be admitted into the event beginning at 5 p.m. General admission tickets cost $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.glenviewparks.org.
Updated: April 22, 2013 10:03AM
GLENVIEW — Bacon.
The very mention of this salty, smokey or cured meat product can cause mouths to water.
Hoping to capitalize on the love of this breakfast delicacy, Wagner Farm is hosting the Northshore Baconfest April 27. Sarah Hagye, Wagner Farm program manager, said the event was a way to fundraise for Friends of Wagner Farm, which helps support programs, projects and events at the historic farm.
“We heard about various foodie events, like restaurants who feature a specific type of food,” Hagye said. “We heard about a baconfest and thought, ‘This is perfect. We’re a farm, we should do a baconfest.’ We’ve been working with a lot of restaurants who are providing bacon-inspired sample foods.”
Seventeen area restaurants have signed on to participate in Baconfest and Kraft Foods is donating Oscar Mayer brand bacon to be used in the sample-sized dishes, Hagye said.
Glenview’s Jolane’s Restaurant & Bar will be participating in Baconfest and Suzy Breden, manager and events coordinator for the restaurant, said she’s looking forward to it.
“I think it’s something new and hip. It just sounded fun,” she said. “We do a number events throughout the year. I thought it might be good to target a different group of people and get a little more exposure for the restaurant by doing something new and different.”
Breden said Jolane’s Executive Chef John Collante will be preparing four mini bacon desserts for Baconfest, including candied bacon.
Guests of the event will get to taste the sample portions provided by the restaurant. There will also be music from singer-songwriter Bucky Halker.
Hagye said Baconfest is a great opportunity for the farm, which offers mainly family-friendly programs, to offer an adults-only event.
“We’re really excited about this event. Really excited to put this out for the community,” Hagye said. “It will be a night of celebrating pork and bacon.”
Tickets for the event have gone fast. The VIP tickets are entirely sold out while a very limited number of the general admission tickets were available as of press time.