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2017 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012)


 

April 4-6, 2017  ProFood Tech
Chicago, Illinois
Three trade show leaders joined forces to announce the launch of ProFood Tech, a new event that will focus on processing technologies serving the food and beverage industry.

April 22, 2017  Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
 

 

2016 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2016
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 9, 2016 - Annual Sheep & Crafts Festival - Waterloo, Illinois
Free. This annual festival's activities include sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, and working sheep dog demonstrations. Also featured are agricultural exhibits and displays, antique tractors, clinics, and entertainment. A variety of food and drink including a lamb lunch are available from local organizations.

April 12-15, 2016  The NAMA OneShow - Chicago, Illinois
National Automatic Merchandising Association.  The OneShow is the one game in town that offers what no others can. The one place, once a year, where you have access to all the key players and decision-makers in the vending and refreshment services industry.

April 16, 2016  Pinot Days Chicago 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
Pinot Days Chicago is our most intimate event, but it has the biggest heart. 65 wineries fly into the Windy City and we paint the town pinot with Winemaker Dinners, "Meet the Winemaker" pinot and food pairings at local wine bars and restaurants, tastings at boutique retail stores and finally, the Grand Festival at beautiful Navy Pier.  Chicago is our friendliest and foodiest city of all; Chicagoans know great food and wine and they pursue it with vigor but (refreshingly) without any pretense. Join us in Chicago for a whirlwind of exquisite wine, incredible food and (considering our wonderful winemakers and the great-hearted Midwesterners who join us each year) the loveliest people we can.

April 17, 2016  Mushroom Festival - Grafton, Illinois
Celebrate mushroom season and the beginning of warmer weather. The festival features artisans and craft vendors displaying their wares for purchase, live entertainment and a competitive morel hunt in Pere Marquette Park.

April 23, 2016  Belleville Ale Fest - Belleville, Illinois
The 4th annual Belleville Ale Fest will take place at 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. in Belleville, Illinois. Only a little more than a mile from the Memorial MetroLink Station and 20 minutes from Downtown St. Louis,  the festival will feature unique beers from craft breweries around the country and food from 4204 Main Street Brewing Co.  Live music from the Rat Rod Kings will accompany the craft beer and culinary celebration.  From the lightest pale ale to the darkest stout, the Belleville Ale Fest will have something for everyone.
 

 

April 24, 2016  Cochon555 - Chicago, Illinois
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause.  The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.

April 30, 2016 - 6th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival
Chicago, Illinois
Presented by The Specialty Food Association.  11am-3pm at the Chicago French Market.  Greg O’Neill & Ken Miller, co-owners/co-founders of  Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, created the APF to showcase the talents of local, national and international producers of high quality artisan foods and beverages.  The APF is now one of the largest FREE events of its kind in the Midwest and honors almost 100 artisan producers who are dedicated to craft food and beverage production.

 

April 30-May 1, 2016  Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
At the Bacon Vendor Expo artisan bacon-makers and bacontrepreneurs will display, sample, and sell their multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products. Bacon Cocktail Contest.  At the Bacon Chef and Bar Expo chefs from Chicago’s hottest restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. The Fest works with the Greater Chicago Food Depository in support of their mission to end hunger in our community.
 

 

2015 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 2-May 14, 2015  Foodhist Temple - Chicago, Illinois
The Foodhist Temple, A sanctuary of food sculptures by artist Peter Anton will be presented at the UNIX Gallery New York.  It will include Anton’s monumental-sized, hyper-realistic boxes of chocolates, donuts, cakes, pizza, bacon, fried eggs, sushi, and other craved food items. His sculptures are crafted from carefully selected and manipulated materials, including resin, metal, wood, clay, and acrylic and oil paints.

April 14-15, 2015  9th Annual Food Technology and Innovation Forum
Chicago, Illinois
Bridging the gap between R&D, Marketing and Innovation  This year’s event will build upon previous years to focus on how you can harness new technologies and ingredients to improve performance for your entire project team.

April 16, 2015  Celebrity Chef Tour 2015 - Chicago, Illinois
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

April 17-26, 2015  Edelweiss Restaurant Schlachfest - Norridge, Illinois
Schlachtfest, a ceremonial event in which pigs are butchered, symbolizes the return of spring and is traditionally celebrated with a huge feast of roast pig and sausages.  Edelweiss has recreated this centuries old tradition with an authentic Schlachtfest special.
 

 

2014 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2014
LOCAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, FAIRS, SHOWS

events still waiting for new dates

April 11, 2014  60 Men Who Cook - Geneva, Illinois
60 local men and women will demonstrate their cooking skills when the Geneva Chamber of Commerce presents “60 Men Who Cook” to benefit the Geneva History Center, Geneva Lions Club and Rotary Club of Geneva.  Attendees will sample hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes & desserts made by men they know in the community and then vote for their favorite.

April 19-20, 2014  Mid-America Morel Mushroom Festival & Hunt
Jonesboro, Illinois
The event includes a guided morel mushroom hunt and a morel cookoff hosted by Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort. The area is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.
 

 

2013 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 20-22, 2013  World Wine Meetings America - Chicago, Illinois
The business meetings for North and South American wine importers, presentations, tastings and more.
 

 

2012 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2012
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 27-29, 2012  Road Food: Exploring the Midwest One Bite at a Time
Chicago, Illinois
Sponsored by Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, which celebrates, preserves and promotes the diverse food cultures of the American Midwest. Our fifth annual symposium examines culture and food on the road.

 

 

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