Free Admission to Good Food Festival in Chicago – March 18

The Good Food Festival coming Saturday March 18 to the UIC Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and admission is free this year. LEARN MORE  HERE (Online registration is encouraged.) More than 150 farmers, artisan food producers, retails and nonprofit organizations are expected to participate in the festival, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s what’s on tap:


Chef appearances: Among those scheduled to appear on the Chefs at Play stage are celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless (4 p.m.); Rob Levitt, head butcher of The Butcher & Larder at Local Foods (3 p.m.); Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Co (noon); Aaron Lirette of GreenRiver (1 p.m.); and Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread, who will be baking bread with freshly milled local flour during a demonstration by the Artisan Grain Collaborative (2 p.m.). Chicago Tribune’s Louisa Chu and WBEZ’s Monica Eng, co-hosts of the “Chewing” podcast, will serve as emcees.


The 2017 Good Food Festival is a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, micro workshops on the Organic Valley Good Food Commons, demos at the Chefs At Play stage, plus the interactive Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner.

Visit and shop with exhibitors at the Good Food Marketplace, meet CSA farmers, learn about local foods and enjoy a great meal!

In 2017, entry to Saturday’s Good Food Festival & Marketplace and Commons workshops will be FREE. Please register online and bring your confirmaiton.

We look forward to seeing you at the 13th annual Good Food Festival!

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  • Good Food chef of the year award ceremony: The winners are Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken. They will conduct a Chefs at Play demonstration after the 10:30 a.m. award ceremony.
  • Family-friendly: Purple Asparagus, a local nonprofit that educates kids about nutrition and environmentally friendly eating, will do a presentation on the Chefs at Play stage with chef Tom Van Lente of The Winchester. (11:30 a.m.)
  • Panels: Topics include “Mood & Food” (10:30 a.m.), and more
  • Urban farm bus tour


Saturday’s activities are part of the 13th annual Good Food Festival & Conference, a three-day industry event beginning March 16 that is billed as America’s longest-running sustainable and local food trade show. It is sponsored by FamilyFarmed, the Chicago-based nonprofit that has promoted local and sustainable food for almost two decades.


Full details on all scheduled events are available at the Good Food Festival & Conference website.

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