2013 ILLINOIS - AUGUST 20131
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2012 - 2011 - 2008)
August 2-3, 2013 76th Annual Cobden Peach Festival
The festival celebrates the area's peach harvest with a parade, carnival, pageant, 5k run/walk, homemade peach desserts, and lots of fresh peaches!
August 8-11, 2013 Mendota Sweet Corn Festival - Mendota, Illinois
The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Free musical entertainment; Crafters Market Place and flea market; Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. Attendance: 60,000
August 8-11, 2013 Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee - Sycamore, Illinois
Operational steam engines, old tractors, small utility engines, and miniature train rides are the featured attractions at the 55th annual festival.
August 8-18, 2013 Illinois Wine Experience - Springfield, Illinois
Come and taste wines from nearly 20 Illinois wineries and enjoy live entertainment. Held daily at the Illinois State Fair, the event is sponsored by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners. Illinois is consistently among the top 12 wine producing states. Attendance: 700,000
August 8-18, 2013 Illinois State Fair - Springfield, Illinois
The annual showcase of Illinois agriculture and unique entertainment includes Inninoisans of the Day, a parade, more than 100 rides, Conservation World, Ethnic Village, Illinois Wine Experience, and horse racing on one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world. Don't miss the Butter Cow, in which 500 pounds of butter are used to sculpt a life size figure.
August 9-11, 2013 Serb Fest 2013 - Chicago, Illinois
Enjoy live music, sample bbq lamb/pig hot off the spit, indulge in homemade strudels, crepes, and donuts. Check out kids activities and cultural tours. Bring the entire family to enjoy a taste of Serbia.
August 10-11, 2013 VeggieFest Chicago 2013 - Naperville, Illinois
The largest free vegetarian food festival in the country--you know you’re looking at a huge success. We are looking forward to another great party with lots more fun, great new vendors, exciting food demos, expert speakers, wonderful children’s programs, fantastic live music and a fabulous food court.
August 14, 2013 Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation - Chicago, Illinois
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.
August 14, 2013 32nd Annual Taste of Peoria - Peoria, Illinois
Takes place on the Peoria riverfront. In addition to a variety of food samples, the event features free live entertainment on two stages.
August 14-16, 2013 4th World Congress on Diabetes and Metabolism
Diabetes-2013 will provide the latest technologies to treat and prevent diabetes and its related illnesses. It is one of the largest innovative diabetic technologies for researchers, clinicians and general practitioners in all fields of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism.
August 19-21, 2013 Midwest Produce Conference & Expo - Chicago, Illinois
Midwest Produce will bring together leading produce industry buyers and sellers in a professional setting in downtown Chicago. By merging a focused conference program, networking events and retail tour with an expo of leading suppliers, this event fills a niche in the region for produce growers, shippers, regional retailers and wholesalers.
August 22-23, 2013 U.S. Apple Association Conference - Chicago, Illinois
Apple Crop Outlook & Marketing Conference
August 23-24, 2013 38th Annual Urbana Sweet Corn Festival - Urbana, Illinois
Each year this festival is frequented by as many as 50,000 individuals from both Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities in Central Illinois. This festival is also the official welcome for incoming and returning University of Illinois students. All the local Illinois sweetcorn you can eat is the main attraction of this festival! There will also be live music both nights on two different stages from both regional and national headliners. Car enthusiasts can look forward to the Motor Muster Car Show, a showcase of vintage automobiles. For children and families we have Action Inflatables, a rock climbing wall, indoor laser tag, pony rides, and a petting zoo along with all of the quality merchandise and delicious food from our vendors.
August 23-24, 2013 Old Capitol Blues & BBQ - Springfield, Illinois
Features 40 BBQ competitors and vendors; live Blues music, ICBC Challenge, free children's entertainment.
August 23-24, 2013 Naperville Wine Festival - Naperville, Illinois
Enjoy an array of tasty cuisine and fine wines, as well as a fantastic lineup of live music including Lloyd Dobbler Effect and Erin Bode Group. There will also be food and wine seminars with live cooking demonstrations. A portion of the proceeds benefit Naperville Area Humane Society, an organization that has been serving Naperville since 1979.
August 25, 2013 Peach Festival - Grafton, Illinois
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local famers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
August 27-29, 2013 60th Annual Farm Progress Show 2013 - Decatur, Illinois
This major agriculture event, "The Super Bowl of Agriculture", gives visitors the opportunity to see the latest equipment, seed, crop chemicals, field demonstrations, livestock handling and equine events, entertainment, and more. Farmers and ranchers from across North America and around the world visit the event to see agriculture’s latest product introductions, meet face-to-face with agribusiness professionals and gain hands-on knowledge. (also: farmprogress.com )
August 30-Sept 1, 2013 Nauvoo Grape Festival - Nauvoo, Illinois
Enjoy the 76th annual Grape Festival featuring traditional pageants, car shows, live music, food booths, and flea market. Held in Nauvoo State Park.
August 30-Sept 1, 2013 36th Annual DeKalb Corn Fest - DeKalb, Illinois
Over 100,000 people come to enjoy the food and listen to the music at Corn Fest each year. Over 70 tons of sweet corn are consumed each year by visitors flocking to downtown DeKalb, Illinois for this fun-filled festival.
August 31-Sept 2, 2013 Amish Country Cheese Festival - Arthur, Illinois
Large established 3 day street festival commemorating Arthur's cheese making history. Food and Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment, Free Cheese, Cheese Curling and Cheese Eating Championships, Family Friendly.
August 31-Sept 2, 2013 26th Annual Casey Popcorn Festival - Casey, Illinois
Located in the century-old Fairview Park, the Casey Popcorn Festival has earned its reputation as the Premier Family Festival in a two-state area. Music fills the air almost continuously as live bands offer oldies, classic rock, country, and southern Gospel. Kids entertainers such as magicians and animal shows are featured, as well as a huge carnival, more than 60 craft booths, a car show, festival food, and FREE popcorn, the official snack food of Illinois.