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2019 ILLINOIS - July 2019
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2017  -  2016  -  2014  -  2012  -  2011  -  2010)


July 3-6, 2019
Naperville Ribfest
Naperville, Illinois
Ribfest recruits 12 of the country's best rib vendors to cook in a nationally recognized BBQ contest. Major music acts as well as community talent. Fundraiser to fight child abuse and domestic violence.

July 4, 2019  4TH OF JULY

There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 4-6, 2019 - Annual Windy City RibFest in Uptown
Chicago, Illinois
Finger lickin' slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight at this popular summer food/street fest. Even better? A rockin' 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands!  This "saucy" happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine.

July 8-21, 2019  French Restaurant Week - Chicago, Illinois
Thousands of Francophiles celebrating French cuisine and culture. Numerous restaurants across Chicago will offer a special prix-fixe menu options during dinner, and in some cases, lunch.

July 9-13, 2019  Knox County Fair - Galesburg, Illinois
Come celebrate the 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 10-14, 2019  Taste of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
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: )

July 11-13, 2019  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 12-13, 2019
32nd Farm Toy Show
Metropolis, Illinois
Massac Country Youth Fair and Community Center, Inc. Show hours are Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more info call (618) 645-2737.

July 12-14, 2019
Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival
Chicago, Illinois
The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 8th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. More than 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), the Brew Lounge specialty tap tasting booth, fabulous cuisine and the diverse entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can offer. Fans will love the new components and surprises!  A multidimensional experience for all ages that appeals to music, food and craft beer enthusiasts.  Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families.  Attendance: 30,000.

July 13-15, 2019  Roscoe Village Burger Fest - Chicago, Illinois
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.

July 16, 2019 - Pinot in the City - Chicago, Illinois
60 wineries from Oregon's Willamette Valley are barreling to Chicago for Pinot in the City, a showcase of some of the world's most exciting Pinot noirs. The evening tasting event, hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, at Morgan Manufacturing from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.(VIP access at 5:30 p.m.) will feature owners and winemakers pouring a selection of wines, including library and current releases, paired with delicious Pinot noir-friendly small bites.  Sip Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, sparkling wines and more showcasing the best that Oregon has to offer. Get VIP tickets for early access at 5:30 p.m. and more time with the winemakers.  Tickets must be purchased in advance; there will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are limited in availability. 21+ only.

July 16-20, 2019  Mattoon Bagelfest - Mattoon, Illinois
Home of Lenders Bagels - world's largest free bagel breakfast, bagel contests, entertainment and more.


July 18, 2019
Annual Chef BBQ Benefit
Chicago, Illinois
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.  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 18-20, 2019
Annual Sweetcorn Festival
Chatham, Illinois
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 19-20, 2019
Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown - Morton, Illinois
BBQ Throwdown is a KCBS sanctioned competition, featuring food vendors, a beer garden, craft show, kids activities, and top notch entertainment.

July 19-21, 2019  Taste of River North - Chicago, Illinois
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 20-21, 2019 - Chicago Craft Beer Festival - Chicago, Illinois
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 24-29, 2019  Annual Kishwaukee Fest - Dekalb, Illinois
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 25, 2019  Taste of Galesburg - Galesburg, Illinois
Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden.

July 25-28, 2019  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.

July 25-28, 2019  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!  Attendance: 15,000.

July 26-28, 2019  American Farm Heritage Days - Greenville, Illinois
American Farm Heritage Museum. Tractor-cade, Farm Heritage Demonstrations, Tractors, Tractor Games, Children's Games & Activities, Food, Craft, Train, & Petting Zoo.

July 27, 2019  Bite Nite at City Market Pavilion - Rockford, Illinois
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 27-28, 2019  Taste of Lincoln Avenue - Chicago, Illinois
Come and join us at the Taste of Lincoln Chicago for another year of great fun, food, activities, and entertainment.

2017 ILLINOIS - July 2017
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

July 20-21, 2017 - 6th International Conference on Biodiversity
Chicago, Illinois
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 28-30, 2017  Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo - Peoria, Illinois
Booths of hunting/shooting products, accessories, services and related outdoor items. Seminars including cooking and butchering, plus contests and more.

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

events still waiting for new dates

July 22-23, 2016  Downtown Bacon Throwdown & Music Fest
Springfield, Illinois
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 - Chicago, Illinois
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 - Chicago, Illinois
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.

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

events still waiting for new dates

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
Powered by Farm Industry News and Farm Progress Events. 

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.

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

events still waiting for new dates

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!

2011 ILLINOIS - July 2011
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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.

2010 ILLINOIS - July 2010
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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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