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2018 ILLINOIS - AUGUST 2018
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August 2-5, 2018
Little Italy Fest West
Addison, Illinois
The smell of garlic and the sounds of Sinatra, Prima and Valli will once again fill the air of Centennial Park (Lake Street at Rohlwing  Road) as the Annual Little Italy Fest-West returns to Addison.  This celebration of Italian culture combines authentic Italian food specialties with unique, top-line entertainment and has become the number one Italian festival in the Chicago area. Approximately 20,000 festival goers each year enjoy beautiful European décor, delicious Italian foods , and top-notch entertainment provided by famous Italian American singers and performers from around the nation.   Attendance: 20,000.

August 3-4, 2018  Annual Cobden Peach Festival
Cobden, Illinois
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, 2018 - 37th 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 9-12, 2018  62nd 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 60th annual festival.

August 9-12, 2018  71st Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Mendota, Illinois
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the annual Sweet Corn Festival  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 is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more.  The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon.

 

For over 70 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine.  The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals.  Attendance: 60,000.

August 9-19, 2018
Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Illinois
The annual showcase of Illinois agriculture and unique entertainment includes Illinoisans 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.   Attendance: 700,000.

August 10-12, 2018 - Serb Fest - 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 10-12, 2018 - Chicago Hot Dog Fest - Chicago, Illinois
Take a bite out of Chicago history at the 6th Annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum. The Fest returns to Lincoln Park this August to include a full lineup of bands, hot dog history speakers and the star of the event - Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles by the city’s top hot dog vendors.  The Chicago-style hot dog is second to none – celebrating over 100 years as a much loved and celebrated part of Chicago’s local cuisine. The Chicago Hot Dog Fest celebrates becoming the largest festival in the world to honor the red hot.  Fri, Sat, Sun, 11am to 9pm.  FREE ($5 Suggested Gate Donation Requested).  Attendance: 30,000.

August 12, 2018  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 Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 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 15, 2018  Taste of Andersonville
Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois
We are combining Dinner and Dessert Crawl this year for a true Taste of Andersonville Experience. We hope to offer three routes featuring a mixture of savory and sweet small bite plates from our finest dining destinations in Andersonville! Sponsorships are available.

August 17-18, 2018  Taste of Champaign-Urbana - Champaign, Illinois
Discover the fun that awaits you at the Champaign Park District's premiere festival of the summer! It's fun for the whole family and it benefits a great cause, the Youth Scholarship Fund.

August 23-24, 2018  U.S. Apple Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Apple Crop Outlook & Marketing Conference. The premier event of the year for the apple industry.

 

August 24-25, 2018
43rd 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.  Attendance: 50,000.

August 24-25, 2018
Naperville Wine Festival
Naperville, Illinois
A Celebration of Wine, Beer, Food, Music & Friends.  The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting.Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will sell their signature dishes. Live music will be performed on the festival stage. This event takes place RAIN or SHINE.

August 24-26, 2018  41st 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.  Attendance: 100,000.

August 24-26, 2018  Taste of Greektown - Chicago, Illinois
Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 29th year.  Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again be the main attraction. There will also be plenty of music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families. Opa!

August 28-30, 2018  Annual Farm Progress Show - Decatur, Illinois
The Nation's Largest Outdoor Farm Show.  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 29, 2018  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 31-September 2, 2018  81st Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival
Nauvoo, Illinois
Enjoy the annual Grape Festival featuring traditional pageants, car shows, live music, food booths, and flea market. Held in Nauvoo State Park.

August 31-September 3, 2018  31st 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.
 

2017 ILLINOIS - AUGUST 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events still waiting for new dates

August 12-13, 2017 - Veggie Fest - Lisle, 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.  Attendance: 17,000.

August 18-20, 2017 - 12th Annual Festa Italiana - Chicago, Illinois
EVENT WILL RETURN IN 2019.

August 25-26, 2017  Zoo Brew - Brookfield, Illinois
Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's annual ZooBrew - a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over*, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers!  Enjoy live music, bid on silent auction items from our participating breweries! Tickets are limited, so get yours today and come party with the animals!
 

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

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August 26-27, 2016  Zoo Brew - Brookfield, Illinois
Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's annual ZooBrew - a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over*, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers!  Enjoy live music, bid on silent auction items from our participating breweries! Tickets are limited, so get yours today and come party with the animals!
 

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

events still waiting for new dates

August 22-23, 2015  Bash on Wabash - Chicago, Illinois
On Haitus for 2015.  We are taking a break this summer to focus on promoting other South Loop events.
 

2014 ILLINOIS - AUGUST 2014
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

August 7-17, 2014  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 23, 2014  Bacon, Sports and Beer Celebration - Chicago, Illinois
With a ticket to the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration once you are in everything is included. You get unlimited tastings of bacon inspired creations from 20+ of Chicago’s top restaurants, a healthy dose of beer tastings from 25+ craft breweries, plus a whole lot of fun, activities, and sports goodness.

August 23-24, 2014  Bash on Wabash - Chicago, Illinois
On Haitus for 2015.  We are taking a break this summer to focus on promoting other South Loop events.
 

2008 ILLINOIS - AUGUST 2008
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

August 23, 2008  Marengo vs. Harvard Sweet Corn Throwdown
Harvard & Marengo, Illinois
This event was developed to encourage people to become "locavores" by using a friendly community-based cooking challenge featuring local sweet corn growers. Harvard residents are required to use Mirai sweet corn from Twin Garden Farms in Harvard and Marengo residents are required to use sweet corn from Cody's Farm Fresh Vegetables from Purdom Farms in Marengo. Contestants can enter up to three of the five categories, which include Appetizers, Main Dish, Salad/Side Dish, Baked Goods/Dessert, and Miscellaneous.

 

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