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2018 ILLINOIS - November & December 2018
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2017  -   2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2011)


November 1, 2018
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Wine Stroll
Chicago, Illinois
The semi-annual Wine Stroll is a lovely evening tradition where residents and visitors can browse through more than 45 restaurants and businesses in the Lincoln Square Ravenswood neighborhood.  Many of the participating businesses will feature specific wines such as sparkling, rose’, or wines from small boutique wineries. Wines are offered with delicious hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants as well.  The Wine Stroll is hosted each Spring and Fall by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. More than 45 businesses participate.

November 22, 2018 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.

December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2017 ILLINOIS - November & December 2017
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates


November 2, 2017
Spain's Great Match
Chicago, Illinois
Wines from Spain is pleased to host the Annual Spain’s Great Match, an annual event organized by the Trade Commission of Spain in which American importers and distributors of wines present the latest vintages of the Spanish wines in their portfolio to wine industry professionals and consumers. For wine novices and connoisseurs alike, discover Spain’s wine, food, and design at Spain’s Great Match. Trade & Press 12 pm; Public 6:30 pm.

November 10, 2017  Whisky Live Chicago - Rosemont, Illinois
The very best whiskies of the world under one roof. Mingle with producers and distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors and meet the stars of the industry.

November 10-11, 2017 - FOBAB (Festival of Barrel Aged Beers)
Chicago, Illinois
This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel-aged beers. Brewers around the state (and nation) craft beers that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood to share at our annual FoBAB event, resulting in a tasting of some of the rarest beers, which may or many not be available commercially from breweries across the country! The festival grew from one to two days after popular demand, so expect double the fun.

November 28-30, 2017 - 36th Annual Greater Peoria Farm Show
Peoria, Illinois
Illinois' largest indoor farm show.


2016 ILLINOIS - November & December 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

November 5-6, 2016 - Illinois Prepare to Survive Expo
Grayslake, Illinois
The "Prepare to Survive Expo" is an action-packed weekend that features a hands-on exploration into prepping, self-reliance, and disaster preparedness. More than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. Protect yourself and your family by taking steps to be prepared. Prepping and homesteading are lifestyles of self-sufficiency and you will always have something else that you can learn and something else to do. Both urban and rural people can benefit from simple self-sufficient activities. Don't just learn about being prepared...experience it.

November 15, 2016  Heritage Reserva Wine Dinner - Chicago, Illinois
Join us for our Heritage Reserva wine dinner and share in some amazing wines.  The perfect opportunity to taste something new to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. You will enjoy five courses perfectly paired with 5 wines and a welcome drink of the traditional txakolina wine poured from a porron. Tickets are $49. Wines include: Txispaz Getariako Txakolina, Juan Gil Dry Muscat, Verasol Navarra, 17 XI Monsant 2014,Tobles Rioja 2009 and Mayador Sidra Asturiana.

November 16, 2016 - 2016 Food Tank Summit- Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Food Tank, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is excited to announce the 1st annual Chicago Food Tank Summit at the Gleacher Center. This two-day event will feature more than 70 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels.

November 17, 2016  A Wine Affair - Chicago, Illinois
A Wine Affair presents: Winder - This fall’s edition is a bit different than the last.  Dating is rough. Most of us have had our fair share of 1st dates gone wrong, one too many dating apps, and dates that put us right back on the couch with a glass (bottle) of wine.  But what if you could date… wine?  Winder has brought in 4 eligible blends from Naples, Italy for you to speed-date. Like a wine? Let it know with a ‘swipe’ ticket. Don’t like a wine? The next one’s a table away.  What would wine be without the ‘dine’ portion? We are lucky to have one of Chicago’s top Italian restaurants, Volare, that has created an exclusive menu to pair flawlessly with the 4 wines.

December 6, 2016  Holiday Cava Class - Chicago, Illinois
7-9pm. Join us for an evening of Spanish bubbles and fun at The Spanish Square. We will taste eight wines. Michael Scharber from Cream Wine will take us through 5 cavas (Spain’s famous bubbly) and three still wines to familiarize us with the Penedés region and the varieties from there. Delicious Spanish appetizers will be provided by Executive Chef, Rafael Hurtado. It will be the perfect opportunity to learn about some of the amazing wine Spain has to offer and pick out some great vino for the holiday season! Call The Spanish Square to reserve your spot at 773.717.7900 or email [email protected]  or buy your online!  $30 per person.

December 31, 2016  Chi-Town Rising - Chicago, Illinois
The Chi-Town Rising Countdown stage will go live at 7:00 p.m. with multiple artists taking the stage. As Midnight approaches, a giant Chicago star rises skyward up the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago.


2015 ILLINOIS - November & December 2015
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

November 10, 2015  Meat Matters Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Chefs Paul Fehribach (Big Jones, Chefs Collaborative Board Member), Rick Bayless (Frontera, Topolobampo, Xoco, Founding Member of Chefs Collaborative), and 12 other nationally-known chefs and food professionals are coming together for an intimate taste experience at Local Foods in Chicago. Meat Matters is a rare opportunity to explore The Butcher & Larder and Local Foods, learn about and celebrate responsibly-raised meat, and connect with leading change makers in the culinary world.


2014 ILLINOIS - November & December 2014
Local Food and Wine Festivals, Fairs and Shows

events still waiting for new dates

November 20-22, 2014  Chicago Food Film Fest
Chicago, Illinois
After film screenings, audiences may sample foods from the films at tastings with food prepared by guest chefs.


2011 ILLINOIS - November & December 2011
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

November 22 2011-Jan 3, 2012  Gingerbread Walk Display
Belleville, Illinois
Stroll down Main Street to view 100 juried gingerbread creations displayed by downtown merchants. Ride on a horse-drawn trolley or take part in one of several gingerbread house workshops.



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