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2017 ILLINOIS - JUNE 2017
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2016  -  2015  -  2013  -  2012  -  2011  -  2010)

May 31-June 8, 2017  Young Cattlemen's Conference - Chicago, Illinois


June 2-3, 2017
26th Annual Rhubarb Fest
Aledo, Illinois
This unique festival will feature more than 3,000 homemade Rhubarb Pies for sale, Rhubarb Sampling, 12,000 free Rhubarb seeds given away, crafts, music, entertainment and more all set in our historic downtown.  We're so serious about our Rhubarb that Governor Pat Quinn officially named Aledo the Rhubarb Capital of Illinois.

June 2-4, 2017  Spring Festival & Pulls - Brocton, Illinois
Brocton Spring Festival and Truck/tractor Pulls.  Family event featuring draft horses, ponies, and mules; shown in halter, team, cart, unicorn, and more. There will also be a fish fry, parade, games and food.

June 2-4, 2017  International Horseradish Festival - Collinsville, Illinois
For over two decades, the Horseradish Festival has celebrated the multi-faceted and vastly under-utilized spicy member of the mustard family and brought people from around the midwest and the country to Collinsville for fun, entertainment, and great food and drink.

June 2-4, 2017  76th Harvard Milk Days - Harvard, Illinois
Milk Days has grown from a small hay wagon stage with street dancing to a week of 30 plus different events, attended by thousands of people

June 2-4, 2017  Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago has a global reputation for its top Michelin and Zagat-rated restaurants. Perhaps because of the huge Mexican population, Mexican cuisine ranks high on the list of Zagat Chicago favorites. No matter how you slice it, the fact remains: Chicagoans are absolutely crazy for Mexican food.    Authentic Mexican food is the event's main focus. The cities' and the regions' award winning Mexican restaurants and chefs will set up outdoor kitchens in the events Restaurant Row and serve up small plates of their signature dishes for bargain prices. The culinary emphasis in Restaurant Row is authenticity.    The event features three stages: a Main Stage with big entertainment, a Culinary Stage where participating chefs will demonstrate recipes and compete for Top Chef award, and a Showcase Stage where dance troupes, orchestras and brass bands from area high schools or colleges perform.


June 4, 2017
Strawberry Jazz Festival
Kankakee, Illinois
Enjoy the many talents of our local musicians, artists, and crafters, plus strawberry desserts and fresh strawberries. Prizes for the best strawberry or jazz related costumes.

June 9-11, 2017
Coffee Fest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.

June 9-11, 2017  Ribfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
After being selected and featured on the Food Network's 2014 "Eating America, with Anthony Anderson" and televised to 100 million households in 150 countries, Ribfest Chicago returns with more smokin' music and barbecue as we cook up Chicago's favorite food and music festival and we couldn't be more excited. More highlights include the celebrity-judged "Best Ribs" award, an amateur rib-eating competition and "RibMania," the Midwest's only professional rib-eating competition.  Attendance: 50,000.

June 10, 2017 - Uncork Urbana Wine Festival - Urbana, Illinois
Uncork Urbana Wine Festival is a brand-new festival coming to downtown Urbana in June. Celebrating the diverse and delicious wines that the state of Illinois has to offer, Uncork Urbana is the chance for wine-lovers in the area to come together and enjoy an afternoon/evening of wine, music, food, and arts.  Vineyards and wineries from all over Illinois will sell wine by the tasting glass, and by the bottle.

June 17-18, 2017  Taste of Bolingbrook - Chicago, Illinois
Food lovers will be in culinary heaven when the upscale Promenade Bolingbrook in the southwest suburb hosts its 7th annual Taste of Bolingbrook to help welcome the start of summer. More than 25 local restaurants will showcase their signature dishes over the weekend. And for connoisseurs of vintage grapes there will be wine tastings each afternoon from Noon-4:00 p.m. featuring more than 30 varietals.

June 23-25, 2017  Long Grove Strawberry Festival - Long Grove, Illinois
This is the granddaddy of Long Grove's signature festivals, drawing close to 50,000 visitors to the historic business district for the 3-day event. It is considered one of the premier outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area. The pleasures of summer are celebrated with "berry wonderful" strawberry inspired treats.  Attendance: 50,000.


2016 ILLINOIS - JUNE 2016
events still waiting for new dates

June 6, 2016  CWW Uncorked Wine Tasting - Joliet, Illinois
The Council for Working Women invites you to attend an evening of wine tasting, food, designer purses, networking and fun!  Proceeds help support the CWW and its scholarship fund to assist working or recently unemployed women seeking to advance in their business field, begin a new career or re-enter the workforce.

June 10, 2016 - 5th Annual New Orleans North - Joliet, Illinois
Jambalaya, Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Beer, and Live Music- don’t miss this event! Help the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce to LIVE UNITED- The United Way of Will County- help 45 social service organizations while having FUN!    Street performers and LIVE MUSIC!  New Orleans Jazz Bands!

June 10-12, 2016  Two Rivers Wine Fest - Ottawa, Illinois
Wine - Food - Jazz! Celebrating Illinois's finest WINE paired with exceptional FOOD and the smooth sounds of JAZZ!  Don't forget to check out the Garden and Botanical Arts vendors on Court St. See our events calendar for music lineup! (For the safety of your pet and others, please leave your four - legged friends home for this event.)

June 11, 2016  Among the Stars Celebration
StarView Vineyards, Illinois
Savor a wide array of the Shawnee Hills Appellations great varietals from Chardonel to Chambourcin at the second annual Among the Stars Festival.  This event celebrates all things local and features only wines made from grapes grown in the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area.  Meet the passionate grape growers and winemakers behind your favorite wines and indulge in a variety of experiences, which can increase your knowledge, and enjoyment of the Shawnee Hills.  3pm to 8pm.

June 16, 2016  IFMA Fundamentals Seminar - Rosemont, Illinois
IFMA - International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.  The foodservice industry is evolving and our industry can no longer be inwardly focused. The Foodservice Fundamentals provides a primer on not only the industry, but the consumers and operators that create and drive demand. The program’s new data and fast-paced training will provide attendees increased understanding of the new foodservice landscape to aid in strategy development as well as sales/marketing plans.

June 16, 2016  Cravings on Clark - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is a dining kind of town and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) along with Clark Street in Lincoln Park invite you on a culinary tour of the restaurants of Clark Street and Diversey Parkway.  Foodies will dine their way through the night sampling tasting-sized portions of savory dishes and tasty treats from more than a dozen restaurants and shops.

June 19, 2016  Real Men Cook - Chicago, Illinois
Real Men Cook promotes male involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. Takes place each year on Father's Day in cities across the U.S. A national movement--get involved!

June 20-22, 2016  United Fresh - Chicago, Illinois
United Fresh Produce Association Show.  Produce industry leaders will gather for our annual convention and exposition featuring our annual trade show, general sessions and market segment specific education. In addition, our trade show will feature innovative fresh produce marketers and industry leading tools and technology for the fresh produce processing and packing industries, as well as a food safety pavilion featuring industry salutations and our popular business suites for driving valuable conversations right on the show floor.

June 20-23, 2016  FMI Connect - Chicago, Illinois
FMI Connect continues its evolution into the new, annual FMI show, where food retailers--traditional and non-traditional--merchandisers, operations people, CIOs and CTOs can connect with food retail product and service innovators and get the tools they need for success.

June 24-25, 2016  Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival - Champaign, Illinois
Big blues festival with a large number of great barbeque vendors throughout and beyond the Champaign area! Come out to the biggest blues festival in the area.

June 24-26, 2016  Taste of Joliet - Joliet, Illinois
This event strives to include a line up of great food, contests, sports, and musical entertainment that appeals to everyone, while embracing the traditions of Joliet.

June 24-26, 2016  Long Grove Summer Fest - Long Grove, Illinois


2015 ILLINOIS - JUNE 2015

events still waiting for new dates

June 9-11, 2015  NASDA U.S. Food Showcase - Chicago, Illinois
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.  With the FMI Supermarket show.

June 18-20, 2015  76th AAMP Convention - Springfield, Illinois
(AAMP: American Association of Meat Processors) Annual Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers' Exhibition.

June 26-28, 2015  Eat, Write, Retreat - 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.


2013 ILLINOIS - JUNE 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

June 7-10, 2013  12th Annual Heritage Tractor Adventure
LaSalle County, Illinois   (website no longer active)
An adventure with a three-day tractor ride…combining vintage farm tractors and displays with a historic ride, entertainment, great food, and camaraderie. WGN-720 AM's own Farm Reporter, Max Armstrong, an avid collector himself, will be setting off on the adventure with you. His knowledge of the Midwest farming community, and passion for vintage tractors, makes this an event worth your while. Your tractor must have rubber tires and be able to travel at least 6 miles per hour and be over 30 years old.

June 15-16, 2013  SausageFest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
It's all about encased meat treats at this tasty and tantalizing fest held adjacent to iconic Wrigley Field. Returning to the Lake View neighborhood for its second year, SausageFest vendors will include several of the Windy City's best-known butcher/meat shops and restaurants.  There's also arts & crafts, and back again will be an eclectic music lineup to make it the perfect early summer fest for lovers of food and tunes.


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

events still waiting for new dates

June 8-10, 2012  Chicago Caribbean JerkFest - Chicago, Illinois
The annual Chicago Caribbean JerkFest will be a festive celebration of Caribbean culture.

June 9-10, 2012  Chill & Grill Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Better Homes and Gardens and Weber's Chill and Grill Festival  This exciting culinary event puts grilling center stage with recipe tastings from local restaurants, celebrity chef demonstrations, hands-on grilling classes, a relaxing Chill Zone Lounge, live music, activities for kids and much more. Guy Fieri, the New York Times best-selling cookbook author and host of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, will headline the Chill and Grill festival with a crowd pleasing grilling demonstration on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm on the Main Stage. Guy will be joined at the festival by numerous other celebrity chefs and food experts including Jamie Purviance, Stephanie Izard, Adam Perry Lang, Domenica Catelli, The Hearty Boys and many others.

June 16-17, 2012  Chicago Pizza Fest - Chicago, Illinois
Pizza Fest Chicago has one major focus: pizza, pizza ... and more pizza! In addition to pizza vendors galore, other weekend highlights will include a great live music stage lineup. There will also be a "Chicago's best pizza" contest where Chicago's best pizzerias will be invited to submit their entries for the city's best Deep Dish, Gourmet, and Neopolitan-- all to be judged by panels of pizza enthusiasts, Chicago celebrities, and native Chicagoans.


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

events still waiting for new dates

June 17-19, 2011  23rd Annual Oakley Festa! Pasta! Vino!
Chicago, Illinois
Live entertainment, Italian Food specialties from the authentic restaurants on Oakley Avenue, Beer/Wine, merchandise from Italy, children's activities, Sunday Mass. Parking available.

June 25, 2011  Top of Illinois Wine Festival - Galena, Illinois
Taste and enjoy the magnificent wines of over a dozen Northern Illinois wineries! EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2012.


2010 ILLINOIS - JUNE 2010
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine E

events still waiting for new dates

June 12-13, 2010  Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival
Chicago, Illinois
Sample from more than 200 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy food from some of the Chicago area’s finest restaurants and caterers. Local musical talent will perform live each day.

June 19, 2010  3rd LaSalle County Green Fete Festival - Ottawa, Illinois
Join us for LaSalle County's 3rd Green Fete Festival. Enjoy organic food, dancing, music, bee keeping, Native American Culture and more!  Learn how to live a happy, healthy lifestyle!  Very family oriented! 

June 25-26, 2010  Pretzel City Festival - Freeport, Illinois
Because the Billerbeck Bakery, established 1869, flooded Freeport with pretzels, the pretzel became the trademark for Freeport. Various activities such as the Pretzel recipe contest, 5K run/walk, kids' games, cardboard boat regatta, and great food will headline this year’s event.




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