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2014 ILLINOIS - MAY 2014
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2013 - 2012)

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April 25-May 4, 2014  Edelweiss Restaurant Schlachfest
Norridge, Illinois

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 11, 2014  Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday)


May 17, 2014  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 29, 2014  IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Celebration - Chicago, Illinois
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Gold & Silver Plate Awards, Recognizing Excellence Through the Premier Awards for Foodservice Operators.


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

events still waiting for new dates

May 3, 2013  Wine Spectator's Grand Tour - Chicago, Illinois
More than 200 of the world's finest wineries will pour one of their best wines. All wines Are Wine Spectator's top-scoring selections. Meet and mingle with many winery owners and/or winemakers. Taste wines are that hard to find—discover new favorites. Enjoy a light buffet to complement your evening. A souvenir Riedel tasting glass is included.  (San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas)

May 3-4, 2013  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 4-5, 2013  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 16, 2013  Beer Under Glass  - Chicago, Illinois
Taste local craft brews and food from popular restaurants, while enjoying Garfield Park Conservatory.

May 16-19, 2013  33rd 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 16-26, 2013  Chicago Craft Beer Week - Chicago, Illinois

May 18-19, 2013  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 18-21, 2013  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 18-21, 2013  NRA Show - 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 19, 2013  23rd Annual Rhubarb Festival - Kankakee, Illinois
Hosted by the Kankakee County Historical Society at Small Memorial Park

May 21-23, 2013  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 31-June 1, 2013  Strawberryfest - Newton, Illinois
Celebrating strawberries in Jasper County with music, games, food and a parade.

May 31-June 2, 2013  Spring Festival & Draft Horse Show - Brocton, Ill.
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.

May 31-June 2, 2013  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.

May 31-June 2, 2013  International Horseradish Festival - Collinsville, IL
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.


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.

May 31-June 7, 2012  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.



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