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2018 ILLINOIS - MAY 2018
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2017  -   2015  -  2014)


May 5, 2018
Midwest Morel Fest
Ottawa, Illinois
LEARN, HUNT, AUCTION . . . for Morel Mushrooms during Ottawa's Midwest Morel Fest! This unique festival offers something for everyone from the mushroom enthusiast to the curious observer!

May 5-6, 2018
Wine on the Fox
Oswego, Illinois
Illinois wineries serving tastes of their finest wines, live music, and culinary delights along the banks of the Fox River are sure to make the Wine on the Fox a must attend annual event.

May 7, 2018 - James Beard Awards Gala - Chicago, Illinois
The James Beard Awards Gala and Reception.  Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.

May 7-10, 2018  Annual Food Safety Summit - Rosemont, Illinois
This three-day event features a full program of intensive educational seminars, highlevel industry and government keynote speakers, workshops, networking events and a large trade show exhibition.

May 13, 2018  MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today, and are too numerous to list.

May 15, 2018  Pinot in the City - Chicago, Illinois
70 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 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.  Come taste the wines that are putting this region in the news and mingle with the people who are making it happen. Sip Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, 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.


May 17-20, 2018 - 41st Annual Taste of Glen Ellyn
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Celebrate all that Glen Ellyn has to offer during 4 days of great food, music and fun!  The Taste of Glen Ellyn is a family event featuring live entertainment, The Village Fair with rides, a craft festival and a business expo.  Enjoy dishes from local restaurants and vendors while discovering Glen Ellyn.

May 18, 2018  9th Annual Beer Under Glass - Chicago, Illinois
Illinois Craft Beer Week kicks off with Beer Under Glass, a nature-infused craft beer festival and fundraiser at Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the world's largest and most stunning plant conservatories.  A cornerstone of Illinois Craft Beer Week, Beer Under Glass, now in its 9th year, is hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA). Guests are invited to sample brews from more than 100 Illinois and out-of-state craft breweries while enjoying exclusive, after-hours access to the Conservatory's indoor collections and outdoor gardens. Food and beverages from some of Chicago's best local restaurants and food trucks is available throughout the Conservatory.

May 18-20, 2018  Lincoln Park Wine Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Spring will be in full swing when the glorious grape, as well as smooth tunes, artisans and tasty edibles, take center stage at this 2nd annual wine happening. Lincoln Park Wine Fest will again transform the tranquil northside pocket park into an open-air market featuring wine and food pavilions. The highlight will be ticketed wine tastings where scores of varietals will be showcased. Wine connoisseurs will also appreciate hearing the expertise of brand ambassadors and sommeliers. And enhancing the fest will be a chilled live music lineup, food-wine pairings, fine artists, and the products/services of wine-related vendors

May 18-20, 2018  Long Grove Chocolate Fest - Long Grove, Illinois
The 20th Annual Chocolate Fest sponsored by Long Grove Confectionery presents three straight days of vintage village charms, family entertainment and the region's most innovative chocolate creations - everything from Chocolate Beer to Chocolate Pudding Pie Pops.  This year, organizers will unveil a new Chocolate Experience Tent with chocolate demonstrations, artisans and a dipping fountain in addition to bringing back timeless fan favorites like the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt, the classic carnival, the chocolate pie eating contest and the live music stage.  Chocolate specialties being planned exclusively for Chocolate Fest include novelties like chocolate beer, S'mores on a stick, as well as time-proven standards like chocolate-dipped fruits, hand-crafted chocolate fudge, chocolate cake and much more.

May 18-25, 2018  Illinois Craft Beer Week - Various locations, Illinois
Illinois Craft Beer Week (formerly Chicago Craft Beer Week) is the most anticipated celebration of craft beer and craft breweries across Illinois. Taking over the state May 18-25th and featuring hundreds of events in breweries, bars, and restaurants from Chicago to Central and Downstate Illinois, Illinois Craft Beer Week is the premier weeklong festival for people who brew Illinois beer, drink Illinois beer, and support Illinois beer.

May 19, 2018  IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Celebration - Chicago, Illinois
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Gold & Silver Plate Awards, Recognizing Excellence Through the Premier Awards for Foodservice Operators.

May 19-22, 2018  AFF Pavilion At NRA Show - Chicago, Illinois
American Food Fair: National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).  The largest gathering of restaurant and foodservice professionals in North America co-located with the NRA Restaurant, Hotel, Motel Trade Show with 60,000 restaurant and foodservice professionals.


May 19-22, 2018
NRA Show 2018
Chicago, Illinois
The National Restaurant Association Show: The International Foodservice Marketplace.  The largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in the Western Hemisphere.   Attendance: 60,000.

May 20, 2018
Annual Rhubarb Festival
Kankakee, Illinois
Hosted by the Kankakee County Historical Society at Small Memorial Park.  Join us as we celebrate the pie plant! There will be vendors, rhubarb and strawberry-rhubarb pies for sale, a baking contest, dime toss, tours of the Taylor one-room Schoolhouse and historic Dr. Small Home, and more.

May 22-24, 2018
Sweets & Snacks Expo
Chicago, Illinois
The SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, is among the largest confectionery, cookie and snack shows, and the only show featuring attendance from every major trade channel.  Attendance: 14,000.

May 30-June 8, 2018  Young Cattlemen's Conference
Chicago, Illinois
The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and women and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour will begin in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the industry.  JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner Feedyard, one of the nation’s largest cattle feeding operations, a one-time capacity of over 100,000 head located in Northern Colorado. We will then tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants.  Chicago is the next destination, where the group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc. one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. The participants will then travel to the nation’s Capitol, where they will meet with their respective congressmen and senators.

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 20-23, 2017  Bellavita Expo at NRA Show - Chicago, Illinois
Bellavita Expo arrives to the shores of the USA for the second year in a row! Bellavita is the exclusive Pavilion dedicated to Made-in-Italy products at the NRA Show.  The best food and drink that Italy has to offer. Over 60 authentic Italian producers will showcase more than 400 artisan Made-in-Italy food and beverage products.

May 21-22, 2017  BAR 16 at NRA Show - Chicago, Illinois
Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants.

May 21-22, 2017  Foodservice at Retail Conference - Chicago, Illinois
Foodservice in grocery and c-stores continues to grow at an exponential rate.  How are you taking advantage of this growth? To tap into this potential and launch your own successful foodservice program, join our new Foodservice at Retail Conference, an immersive conference aimed at addressing challenges, opportunities, and best practices for your growing segment.

May 27-28, 2017  Greek & Mediterranean Wine Festival
Chicago, Illinois
Think of it as a pairing of grapes and gyros. Or grapes and moussaka. When Greektown Mediterranean Wine Fest makes its alluring debut this spring in Chicago's West Loop, scores of European wines will be celebrated along with tasty dishes from the neighborhood's iconic Greek restaurants.  This classy Hellenic-themed happening is designed for wine and food connoisseurs be they newbies or those with more discriminating tastes. A cornerstone of the fest will be daily afternoon wine tastings (from 2:00-6:00 p.m.) where ticket holders can sample up to 15 varietals with the purchase of a $40 tasting pass.

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 2, 2015  Green City Market Opening Day - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago's nationally renowned Green City Market will host top chefs from around the country when it opens its 17th outdoor market season Saturday, May 2. Green City Market, located in Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) provides organic and sustainably raised products for well over 200,000 shoppers annually including Chicago's top chefs, residents and visitors.  In honor of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, visiting chefs will gather and be joined by Chicago's chef community at Green City Market beginning at 9:30 a.m. The market opens at 7 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015  Gardenology - Geneva, Illinois
Ideas, Advice & Dreams for your garden. Specialists and master gardeners will be in downtown Geneva to answer questions.  Topics include herbs, flowers, vegetables, heirloom plants and perennials.  Learn about attracting birds & butterflies, wildlife control, composting, organic fertilizers and more. Kids’ activities offered.

May 17-18, 2015  International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event
Chicago, Illinois
At the NRA Show.  The International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event brings restaurant and hospitality industry buyers together with hundreds of established and emerging labels to connect and uncover ways that beverage alcohol can enhance menus and drive profitability.   Attendance: 58,000.

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 17, 2014  Art of Illinois Wine Festival - Springfield, Illinois
Features 20+ Illinois wineries and entertainment. Admission includes wine glass and sampling tickets. Food available for purchase.

May 30-31, 2014  Strawberryfest - Newton, Illinois
Celebrating strawberries in Jasper County with music, games, food and a parade.



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