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

(see also: 2014 - 2012)

April 2-May 14, 2015  Foodhist Temple - Chicago, Illinois

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 2, 2015  Among the Stars - A Celebration of Shawnee Hills Grapes and Wines
StarView Vineyards, Illinois
Shawnee Hills Wine-Grape Association. 1-6pm at StarView Vineyards, the first ever festival will infuse a vineyard venue with homegrown flavor, growers and winemakers.  Savor a wide array of the Shawnee Hills Appellations great varietals from Chardonel to Chambourcin at the first 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.  The “Among the Stars” celebration will honor the Shawnee Hills distinctive character while bringing attention to the region.

May 2-3, 2015  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 2-3, 2015  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 4, 2015  The James Beard Awards - 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 10, 2015  MOTHER’S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today, and are too numerous to list.

May 14, 2015  6th Annual Beer Under Glass  - Chicago, Illinois
Taste local craft brews and food from popular restaurants, while enjoying Garfield Park Conservatory.  Brewers will once again be located both inside the historic show houses and within the outdoor gardens of the Conservatory campus. Event attendees will be able to experience hand crafted beers while enjoying the beautiful display houses and the external grounds of the Conservatory. Guests will enjoy food samplings from 15 local restaurants and more than 75 breweries are expected to pour at this year’s BUG! This is a rain or shine event, so come prepared.

May 14-17, 2015  35th 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 14-24, 2015  6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week - Chicago, Illinois
We invite you to explore our city via great beer venues. The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer lovers.

 

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 16-19, 2015  NRA Show 2015 - 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: 58,000.

May 16-19, 2015  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 58,000 restaurant and foodservice professionals.

May 17, 2015  25th Annual Rhubarb Festival - Kankakee, Illinois
Hosted by Kankakee County Historical Society at Small Memorial Park.

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.

May 18, 2015  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 19-21, 2015  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 27-June 5, 2015  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. Chicago is the next destination, where the group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade. The participants will then travel to the nation’s Capitol, where they will meet with their respective congressmen and senators.

 

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 2-4, 2014  Long Grove Chocolate Fest - Long Grove, Illinois
Chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate popcorn, chocolate cake, ultimate chocolate donuts, chocolate martinis, chocolate....!  Beer & Brat Tent. Other food from gyros to smoothies. Live music, entertainment, much more.

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.

 

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 30-31, 2012  Dairy Sustainability Symposium - Chicago, Illinois
Presented by the International Dairy Foods Association, the symposium is designed to help you understand sustainability and target ways to decrease your carbon footprint while you increase your efficiency. It will provide the latest and greatest sustainability information in the dairy industry. Come hear the experts and see the evidence.

 

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