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2015 ILLINOIS - MAY 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2014 - 2012)

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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 27-June 5, 2015  Young Cattlemen's Conference 2015
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 2-3, 2014  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 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 3-4, 2014  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. 
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May 15, 2014  Beer Under Glass  - Chicago, Illinois
Taste local craft brews and food from popular restaurants, while enjoying Garfield Park Conservatory.

May 15-18, 2014  34th 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 15-25, 2014  5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week - Chicago, Illinois
This year's theme is "Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods." We invite you to explore our city via great beer venues. Thce 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 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 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 17-20, 2014  NRA Show 2014 - 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 17-20, 2014  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, 2014  24th Annual Rhubarb Festival - Kankakee, Illinois
Hosted by the Kankakee County Historical Society at Small Memorial Park

May 18-19, 2014  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.

May 19, 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.

May 20-22, 2014  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.

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

May 30-June 1, 2014  Festival del Taco - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago's Little Village neighborhood will celebrate the stuffed tortilla in all its glory at this inaugural community event. Think of Festival del Taco as a supersize block party with all the great ingredients of a gala community fest including music, arts & crafts and, of course, tasty tacos and other cuisine from local restaurants. A portion of fest proceeds will benefit the neighborhood's Good Shepherd Catholic Church and Parish.

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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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