U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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May 14, 2017 MOTHER’S DAY
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today, and are too numerous to list.
May 20-23, 2017
NRA Show 2017
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 2, 2016 - 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 7, 2016 - 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 7-8, 2016 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 10-12, 2016 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 14-15, 2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
The Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US.
May 15, 2016 Annual Rhubarb Festival - Kankakee, Illinois
Hosted by the Kankakee County Historical Society at Small Memorial Park.
May 19, 2016 7th 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 19-22, 2016 39th 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 19-29, 2016 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week
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 20-21, 2016 - 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 21, 2016 IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Celebration
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Gold & Silver Plate Awards, Recognizing Excellence Through the Premier Awards for Foodservice Operators.
May 21-22, 2016 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 21-24, 2016 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 & foodservice professionals.
May 21-24, 2016 Bellavita Expo at NRA Show - Chicago, Illinois
The largest Italian Food and Beverage Expo.
May 22-23, 2016 BAR 16 at NRA Show - Chicago, Illinois
Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants.
May 23, 2016 Foodservice at Retail Conference - Chicago, Illinois
Retail sales are on pace to grow 2.8% to $43 billion in 2016, outpacing all other segments. 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 24-26, 2016 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 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
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 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.
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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