Enter to win Chicago Reader's Best Bacon Anthem competition for Baconfest Chicago

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Announcing the Winner of Baconfest Chicago's Golden Rasher Award for Best Bacon Anthem

Hosted by the Chicago Reader

The winning video was created by Beth Niestat, who dazzled us with her puppetry skills, a personal take on a Billy Joel tune, and creative and heartfelt original lyrics. Congratulations, Beth!

To the tune of Billy Joel's “It's Still Rock and Roll to Me”

What's the matter that I like to eat bacon
If it's free range and sustainably raised?
Crunchy, salty, greasy, yummy, oh so tasty
It's so versatile you'd be amazed.
Not just for breakfast like it was in the old days
BaconFest will show you chefs have got lots of new plays
Ice cream, cupcakes, chocolate, crème brulee
Bacon makes everything better!

What's the matter that I like to eat bacon?
It's a finger-lickin' snack sensation
Across the parties we all can agree
States are not red or blue in BaconNation
Can't you help me win some BaconFest passes
I'd love to try new dishes with the bacon-loving masses
Salt, grease, protein, please
Forbidden fruit, better than cheese
Bacon makes everything better!

Oh, it doesn't matter what they say to me
'Cause bacon is my favorite vittle
Those crispy sizzling strips are the most amazing thing
So much joy coming from something so little
Makes me want to play the fiddle

How about a pair of bacon wrapped green beans
Or the bacon wrap without the plants?
I think you'll like it with some syrup or some honey
If you just give it half a chance
Don't waste your money on pastrami or balogna
BLT on white bread is the true one and only
Next phase, new wave, bacon craze, anyways
Bacon makes everything better!

What's the matter that I like to eat bacon?
Don't you know that bacon is treyf [nonkosher]
But if it's raised organically, humanely
Then I think that it ought to be safe.
Why do some Jews think that bacon is forbidden?
I can't believe that in the Torah it is written
It can't be right, we've got to fight
When will my people see the light?
Bacon makes everything better!

It can't be right, we've got to fight
When will my people see the light?
Bacon makes everything better!