As many of my readers already know, I’m a real advocate for eating local foods. Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, I am always in search of foods that are grown or made as local as possible. I have even included an eating local part to my “Affording Organics Series.” That being said, can you guess one of my favorite regional events of the year? The Good Food Festival & Conference in Chicago, of course!
The 11th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference is coming up March 19 – 21! Presented by FamilyFarmed, the annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement will bring together some of the nation’s leaders in local, sustainable fare — from farmers to chefs, food entrepreneurs to policy makers — to discuss the movement that’s transforming the way we eat. Held at UIC Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, the three-day symposium will feature speakers, panel discussions, cooking demos, workshops, plus Localicious, a premier annual food & drink tasting event! “We’re in our 11th year and proud to say we have America’s longest-running sustainable and local food trade show,” says Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed founder and president. “We’re excited to have so many amazing leaders in the Good Food movement on board, including a phenomenal roster of local chefs.” Below are some top picks from the Festival! For a complete itinerary and full list of participating chefs, exhibitors, and sponsors, please visit www.goodfoodfestivals.com and read all about it on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food on Every Table website.
- Finance & Innovation | Thursday, March 19 | 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Good Food Business Accelerator | Thursday, March 19 | 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Trade/School Food/Producer/Policy Day | Friday, March 20 | 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Localicious | Friday, March 20 | 7–9:30 p.m
- Good Food Festival | Saturday, March 21 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
- Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner | Saturday, March 21 | 9–5 p.m
- Urban Farm Bus Tour | Saturday, March 21 | 9 a.m.–noon
- Good Food Commons | Saturday, March 21 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m
- Chefs at Play | Saturday, March 21 | 10:30–11:30 a.m
The Good Food Festival & Conference is March 19 – 21, 2015. UIC Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607. All events are ticketed and are available in advance or at door. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.goodfoodfestivals.com.
Want to win a set of tickets?? TONIGHT, March 12 from 7pm-8pm CST…join @mommacuisine, @itstoni (ME!), @healthyjasmine and @natashanicholes on twitter via the #GoodFoodChi hashtag to talk about the festival and your favorite local foods! Three sets of two tickets will be given away during the chat so be sure to register for them here: 3 Pairs of Tickets to the Good Food Festival Chicago!