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U.S. Food Festival Section: Listed by State & Month
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2018 ILLINOIS - July 2018
July 28, 2018
Bite Nite at City Market Pavilion
Bite Nite at City Market Pavilion was started in 2017 by local nonprofit, the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), to bring people downtown and showcase the many restaurants and other vendors that Rockford and the surrounding area has to offer. The event offers bite size food and beverages, children's activities, and live bands. Patrons vote on their favorite foods in each category. $5 admission.
July 5-9, 2017 - Taste of Chicago
There’s food for everybody’s taste at Grant Park where you’ll find more than 300 menu items from over 70 restaurants. Said to be the world's largest food festival with over 2 million people attending annually. (also: www.tasteofchicago.us )
July 7-9, 2017 Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival
Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), fabulous cuisine from Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurateurs, and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide.
July 8-9, 2017 Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Flippin' hot! July is about to get a few degrees hotter than normal when some of Chicago's finest burger emporiums and restaurants fire up their grills at this year's Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Add to that a rockin' music on two stages and summer is gonna be sizzling. In addition to mouth-watering patties and great music on two stages, there's also a popular "Kids' Zone" activity area as well arts & craft vendors. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Chicago burger. A $10 suggested donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce. (also: www.chicagoevents.com/all-festivals/
July 9, 2017 Annual World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival
Help celebrate the world-famous Brooks Catsup Bottle water tower at the 19th Annual Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival. Events include catsup tasting booth, hot dog (smothered in catsup) eating contest, and more.
July 11-15, 2017 Knox County Fair
Come celebrate the 163rd Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food, vendors, nightly grandstand events. Figure 8 racing and the ever popular demolition derby.
July 13-15, 2017 Taste of Park Ridge
Park Ridge, Illinois
Featuring local restaurants selling their specialties and free entertainment each night. Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Free Family Fun Zone for children Saturday at Hodges Park.
July 18-22, 2017 Mattoon Bagelfest
Home of Lenders Bagels - world's largest free bagel breakfast, bagel contests, entertainment and more.
July 20, 2017 Annual Chef BBQ Benefit
Green City Market's annual Chef BBQ Benefit 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lincoln Park, featuring the who's who of Chicago's culinary scene. All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the market with nearly 100 chefs and restaurants creating culinary magic. In addition to food, 50 of the Midwest's best brewers, distilleries, wineries, and mixologists will feature locally made craft beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Advance tickets for the Green City Market Chefs BBQ go on sale opening day, May 2. General admission tickets are $125; individual VIP tickets are $250 and VIP tables of 10 are available for $2,500. VIP ticket holders are treated to a special early VIP reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as this event has sold out in past years.
July 20-21, 2017 - 6th International Conference on Biodiversity
Biodiversity 2017 is a global platform to discuss and learn about Ecology and its associated fields, Evolution of Species, Plant & Animal Biodiversity, Biodiversity Management, Fauna & Flora, Biodiversity & Food Security, Conservation of Endangered Species, Marine Biodiversity, Forestry and Sustainable Energy Development.
July 21-22, 2017 Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown
BBQ Throwdown is a KCBS sanctioned competition, featuring food vendors, a beer garden, craft show, kids activities, and top notch entertainment.
July 21-22, 2017 Annual Sweetcorn Festival
The schedule of events includes Live Music, Tour de Corn Bike Ride, Children's Area, Soccer Tournament, Miss Chatham Sweetcorn Pageant, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw, and Free Harmonicas & Lessons.
July 21-23, 2017 Taste of River North
Known for its diverse mix of restaurants, artists and innovative businesses, the River North neighborhood is unlike any in Chicago. For one extended weekend this summer, the area's best will come together for the ultimate neighborhood showcase, the annual Taste of River North (ToRN). 50,000 festers are expected to turn out for this year's three day bash, which encompasses the picturesque riverfront setting of A. Montgomery Ward Park and the surrounding streets. Boasting an impressive list of River North restaurants and chefs, ToRN also includes non-stop live music, featuring bands and music that excites everyone. Attendance: 50,000.
July 22-23, 2017 Chicago Craft Beer Festival
The annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival at St. Michael in Old Town, held on the grounds of the iconic parish, will celebrate microbrews from both the Midwest and throughout the entire U.S. Held over three days, this new event -- for beer lovers and non-beer lovers alike -- will take on the flair of an authentic Belgian beer fest.
July 22-29, 2017 Annual Kishwaukee Fest
This festival will feature a week long variety of events in various cities in DeKalb County, including concerts, food events, car shows, wild west pageant and parade. Baconpaloosa Swine & Wine Festival will be the major food attraction of the festival and will include a variety of bacon dishes by local restaurants and service clubs. There will be wine sampling with both local and national wine venders at the event. Part of the day will include a collection of classic Corvettes, boutique shoppe specials and entertainment. The Kishwaukee Fest “Lincoln Highway” Torch-lite Parade will be held on Friday evening. Concerts in the Parks include a variety of entertainment for everyone with musical genre including county, Caribbean, jazz, classical and concert bands, featuring regional and national acts.
July 27, 2017 Taste of Galesburg
Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden.
July 27-30, 2017 Annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Sugar Grove, Illinois
The Corn Boil, held in Volunteer Park on Main Street in Sugar Grove, generates approximately 15,000 visitors. Fireworks, 5K run/walk, medallion hunt, kids zone, car show, and Corn Boil Cooking Challenge!
July 28-30, 2017 Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
Booths of hunting/shooting products, accessories, services and related outdoor items. Seminars including cooking and butchering, plus contests and more.
July 28-30, 2017 American Farm Heritage Days
American Farm Heritage Museum. Tractor-cade, Farm Heritage Demonstrations, Tractors, Tractor Games, Children's Games & Activities, Food, Craft, Train, & Petting Zoo.
July 29-30, 2017 Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Come and join us at the Taste of Lincoln Chicago for another year of great fun, food, activities, and entertainment.
July 22-23, 2016 Downtown Bacon Throwdown & Music Fest
Features 20 restaurants presenting a variety of bacon menu items, plus ethnic, classic, and eclectic cuisine, multiple live bands. Time: 5:00 p.m. to Midnight on Friday; 3:00 pm to Midnight on Saturday. Cost: $5 Adult admission; Kids 12 and Under are Free.
July 23-24, 2016 Chicago Hot Sauce Fest
The Chicago Hot Sauce Fest, featuring a professional food eating contest, pepper challenges, live entertainment, food & Beverages, and more.
July 23-24, 2016 Taste of Latin America
This culinary happening, now in its forth year and supported by Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, is a gala weekend celebration of all things Central and South American. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine& live music& arts & crafts& cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival's mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture. Foodies and non-foodies alike will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains, visitors have the culinary experience of a lifetime.
July 1-5, 2014 The Taste of Lombard - Lombard, Illinois
A great tradition has come to an end. Lombard has decided they no longer want the Taste of Lombard. We have been working on bringing our fest to a new location and will make an announcement when the deal is finalized. If you would like to be involved in our new fest you can email [email protected] . We would like to thank all the Lombard community groups who have worked our fest over the years and while Lombard may not be concerned for your welfare, we will welcome your organization no matter which town our fest goes to. We also want to thank all of the vendors who helped make our fest the great event it was for over 30 years. Last but certainly not least, to the thousands of visitors we have had over the years we want to THANK YOU for all your support over the years. We hope you will come check out our new fest. See you soon!?
July 9-10, 2014 Precision Aerial Ag Show - Decatur, Illinois
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July 13, 2014 Chicago Tomato Blast - Chicago, Illinois
Tomato Blast is a massive tomato fight modeled after Spain's annual La Tomatina Fest. La Tomatina is an annual festival held in Valencian the town of Buñol, a town located 30 km from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fights purely for fun!
July 26, 2014 Baconpaloosa Swine & Wine Festival - Dekalb, Illinois
2015 Event POSTPONED until 2016.
July 7, 2012 Best Dam BBQ Cookoff - Benton, Illinois
The Benton/West City Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the event, which will take place at the Rend Lake Dam. Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, teams will put their skills to the test as they compete in four categories. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners. Come and bear witness to world class barbecue at it's finest!
July 9-10, 2011 Illinois State B-B-Q Championships - Shannon, Illinois
60 teams from 18 states compete for state honors. Fully sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Local dessert contest open to the public.
July 10, 2010 AleFest - Chicago, Illinois
AleFest is a craft beer festival showcasing the finest beer styles of the world in an educational, responsible, and enjoyable fashion.
July 31, 2010 Taste of the Region - Bourbonnais, Illinois
Featuring local restaurants, non-food vendors, bands and activities for the entire family!
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