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2018 ILLINOIS - APRIL 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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


April 6-7, 2018 - Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
At the UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt)..  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.

 

April 7-8, 2018
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2018
Schaumburg, Illinois
The Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US.  Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

April 7-8, 2018  Home & Garden Shows - Naperville, Illinois
Free Admission & Free Parking!

April 8, 2018  Cochon555 - Chicago, Illinois
Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs, some of which are on critical watch lists. The meat they produce is recognized for its superior flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritious qualities. At all events, we source only the highest quality ingredients and products available.  Cochon555 is a theater for innovative food and drink experiences. At any given event, over a hundred-plus cooks, chefs, restaurant and bar owners, renowned sommeliers and barkeeps, can be found working in concert to create luxurious moments. Our goal is to buy and promote the "best heritage breed pigs" from farmers doing it the "right way". Why? Because heritage breed pigs can't be raised in commodity settings.

 
 

April 14, 2018 - 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 21, 2018 - Belleville Ale Fest - Belleville, Illinois
The 6th Annual Ale Fest will be held at 4204’s new Banquet & Distribution Center, located at 6435 West Main Street in Belleville.  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.  Live music 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 22, 2018  Earth Day - Worldwide
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.

 

April 22, 2018  Mushroom Festival - Grafton, Illinois
It’s back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse venders, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1 pm (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the area as they scan the ground for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you could win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay.

April 26, 2018  LSR Wine Stroll - Chicago, Illinois
The semi-annual Wine Stroll is a lovely evening tradition where residents and visitors can browse through more than 45 restaurants and businesses in the Lincoln Square Ravenswood neighborhood.  Many of the participating businesses will feature specific wines such as sparkling, rose’, or wines from small boutique wineries. Wines are offered with delicious hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants as well.  The Wine Stroll is hosted each Spring and Fall by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. More than 45 businesses participate.

April 28-29, 2018  Home & Garden Shows - Lake County, Illinois
Free Admission & Free Parking!
 

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

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April 22-24, 2016  Eat, Write, Retreat 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
Eat, Write, Retreat is an intensive learning weekend focused on strengthening connections within the food community through a shared exploration of cooking, writing and photography.

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.
 

 

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 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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