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August 31-Sept 2, 2018  81st Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival - Nauvoo, Illinois

August 31-Sept 3, 2018  31st Annual Casey Popcorn Festival - Casey, Illinois


September 1-2, 2018
Cider and Sliders Festival
Chicago, Illinois
What a combination! Apple-infused beers and the iconic mini-burger better known as the slider will pair up at this inaugural fest in Chicago’s vibrant West Lakeview neighborhood.  Held on Lincoln Avenue between Roscoe and Addison (3400-3600 N.), it’s a Labor Day weekend happening to celebrate both the twilight of summer as well as showcase tasty sliders from area eateries and 50-plus ciders at ticketed afternoon tastings.  In addition to flavor-laced craft brews and patties, visitors will also be treated to two stages of music, a kids’ activity area and arts & crafts.

September 1-3, 2018  Amish Country Cheese Festival - Arthur, Illinois
2018 is the 41st Anniversary of the Large established 3 day street festival commemorating Arthur's cheese making history. Food and Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment, Free Cheese, Cheese Curling and Cheese Eating Championships, Family Friendly.

September 6, 2018  Journeys: A Culinary Odyssey - Chicago, Illinois
Join the American Liver Foundation, Great Lakes Division for this first of its kind event where guests satisfy their passion for exquisite cuisine and celebrate those who pave the road to liver health.  The evening showcases the signature dishes of our culinary experts and takes you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education, and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

September 6-8, 2018  El Paso Corn Festival - El Paso, Illinois
The schedule of events includes a carnival, musical entertainment, pancake breakfast, children's games, parade, vendors, and more.

September 7-8, 2018  Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago’s Windy City Wine Festival, a late summer tradition right in the soul of the city. The festival will draw all levels of wine lovers, from amateur winos to seasoned vets.


The Festival is the perfect place to enjoy great wine, great food and great company.  Festival goers will be able to sample from over 300 different wines from around the world, while food pairings from some of the city’s finest restaurants add some local flavor. In addition to tasty food and wine, guests can attend demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars. Each day of the festival is capped off with live entertainment.

September 7-9, 2018 - Festival of the Vine 2018 - Geneva, Illinois
Geneva restaurants create an array of specialties under an outdoor tent at the "Flavor Fare" partnered with wine and live musical entertainment. The Fall Harvest Market offers food and floral demos. An arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides and several exceptional wine tasting and dinner events also take place around the historic downtown.

September 8, 2018  Bourbon & Barbecue  - Chicago, Illinois
Top barbecue chefs offer up their signature dishes which can be consumed in comfort in the huge seating area.  The bourbon tasting pavilion is the event’s central attraction – offering more than 20 types of bourbon for tasting – creating what is best described as a ‘flavor extravaganza’.  Music, a children’s entertainment area and a wide variety of merchant booths.  Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood.

September 8-9, 2018  Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest
Chicago, Illinois
Southern hospitality meets Midwest outdoor fun!  Smoked meats and barrel-aged bourbon whiskeys take the spotlight.  Beyond ticketed afternoon bourbon tastings and plenty of mouth-watering chicken, ribs (and more), there are also two stages of soulful music.  There are also artisans, plus a kids’ area filled with fun family-centric activities.

September 8-9, 2018  County Fair Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
County Fair Chicago is a new festival that highlights great food and refreshments, craft beer, live music, and an artisanal market. The Fair adds a twist to the Chicago event scene by hosting various blue-ribbon competitions in the art, food & drink, garden, and community philanthropy categories. The whole family will have the opportunity to learn a new craft or skill from an assortment of artisans leading demonstrations and presentations. Street fest meets rooftop gardening meets organics from the ‘burbs. Sponsored by Binny’s Beverage Depot and SCA.  $10 Admission.  WHERE: Directly behind 4901 W. Irving Park Rd (Lamon/Dakin parking lot).  Proceeds from the event are utilized to benefit the beautification of the Six Corners community and local charities.

September 12-15, 2018  67th Annual Murphysboro Apple Festival
Murphysboro, Illinois
The longest, continuous running festival in southern Illinois, featuring the largest parade in our region! Tens of thousands of people come out every year to enjoy the events and shows.  Includes Apple Peeling Contest, Apple Pie Eating Contest, Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest, Apple Blossom Contest, App-L-Ympics, Entertainment, Free Kids Fair, etc. (2nd weekend after Labor Day)


September 12-15, 2018
52nd Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
Morton, Illinois
Home of the Nestlé/Libby's pumpkin packing plant, over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed here in Morton. In September 1978, then Governor James Thompson declared Morton, Illinois, 'The Pumpkin Capital of the World.' Includes Pumpkin Games; Pumpkin Festival Carnaval, Food & Entertainment; Pumpkin Craft Faire.    Attendance: 70,000.

September 14-16, 2018
Fulton Market Harvest Fest
Chicago, Illinois

September 14-16, 2018
Wheat Fair & Festival
Okawville Agricultural Products Fair
- Okawville, Illinois
Queen pageant, carnival rides, food & drinks, antique tractor pull, farm & homemaking exhibits, and parade.

September 15, 2018
Annual Paxton Swine 'n Dine
Paxton, Illinois
The mission of the Paxton Swine ‘n Dine is to improve the exposure of Paxton’s historic downtown area and to highlight Paxton’s genuine hometown qualities, businesses, and local attractions.  Through such a large community event, several out-of-town guests and residents of surrounding areas have been able to explore Paxton’s downtown area and create new bonds of friendship and trust within our business district.  This is a day full of activities, live music, and tons of great food. The town of Paxton presents a great family day that’s fun, affordable, and very well supported by the surrounding communities and areas.

September 15, 2018  7th Annual Brew at the Bridge - Oswego, Illinois
Enjoy Oswego's craft beer festival along the Fox River this September! Craft beer enthusiasts are welcome to sample those beers from the Midwest area. The festival will feature breweries who have earned top reputations in the Chicagoland area as well as emerging breweries whose stellar kegs are ready to pave a new trail. Those invited breweries will have staff at the festival to answer questions about their selections. Guests can also enjoy live music in the shady park of Hudson Crossing in downtown Oswego Brew at The Bridge will also feature food which serves as the perfect compliment to a cold craft beer on a sunny afternoon.

September 15-16, 2018 - Vintage Illinois at Starved Rock
Utica, Illinois
Held in Matthiessen State Park, the festival features live music and wine tasting from 27 Illinois vineyards.

September 15-16, 2018 - Cary Main Street Fest - Cary, Illinois
The outdoor fall festival features craft beer selections, local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area.  Craft beers and select wines to complement the fall flavors that will augment the menus of participating eateries; a fine arts component to showcase the talents of local artists, featuring live art creation and interactive displays; and, a lineup of live entertainment on the main stage, while the family stage highlights theater, dance, magic and other interactive children’s programming.  $5 Donation requested. Hosted by the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.  Cary Main Street Fest proceeds benefit local school groups and nonprofits, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.

September 15-16, 2018  Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Chicago, Illinois
Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this fall fest is a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food scene. More than a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.  The fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and visitors can text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.”  A $10 suggested donation benefits the Friends of Lakeview & the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

September 20-23, 2018  Dwight Harvest Days - Dwight, Illinois
Crafts, flea markets, kiddie attractions, downtown entertainment, car show, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.   Attendance: 10,000

September 21-23, 2018  Long Grove Apple Fest - Long Grove, Illinois
Visitors are invited to explore the many delicious ways to enjoy fall’s favorite fruit–from live music and entertainment to apple pies, apple cider donuts, caramel apple lattes, apple martinis, and more! Local restaurants and specialty shops will carry a wide range of apple-inspired treats, while local farmers will have baskets full of a variety of tree-ripened apples.

September 22-23, 2018  Farm Heritage & Harvest Festival
Grayslake, Illinois
Lake County Fairgrounds. The event, co-sponsored by the Lake County Farm Heritage Association, features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides and a petting zoo.

September 26-30, 2018  70th Annual Grundy County Corn Festival
Morris, Illinois
Events include Farm Fair, Taste of Corn Festival, Chili Supper, Art Show, Carnival, Talent Show, Corn Grain & Flower Show, Parade, Antique Tractors & Farm Machinery and Much More!

September 26-30, 2018  Chicago Gourmet - Chicago, Illinois
Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.  The fun—and tasty—Hamburger Hop kicks off the weekend, an exclusive Grand Cru wine tasting is featured on Saturday and Sunday, and the Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the area’s best restaurants. (also: )

September 27, 2018  The Whisky Extravaganza - Chicago, Illinois
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.

September 27-29, 2018  38th Annual Honeybee Festival - Paris, Illinois
Free entertainment, food, craft vendors, beer tent, parade, carnival rides, antique tractors and more!

September 28-30, 2018 - Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
One of Chicago’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian — Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus — returns for its 18th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.  Includes craft beer tasting nights on Friday and Saturday in the parish’s German Beer Hall.  Another highlight (in addition to beer, brats, pretzels, and pop and Bavarian music acts on two stages) is Saturday & Sunday afternoon’s “Kinderfest” featuring games and other activities for youngsters and families.

September 29-30, 2018  ICS World's Championsihp Chili Cookoff
Madison, Illinois
The ICS is the official organization that sanctions chili cookoffs. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or nonprofit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff. The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world. Our sole purpose is to promote, develop and improve the preparation and appreciation of true chili and to determine each year the World's Champion Chili through officially sanctioned and regulated competitive cookoffs.

September 30, 2018  Grand Cochon Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Grand Cochon, is the epic finale to the multi-city touring culinary competition. The winner will be crowned the "King or Queen of Porc" on Sunday evening, September 30th making this our ten year anniversary. Grand Cochon brings together the winning chefs of regional competitions - the outcome is a friendly competition featuring more than 2,500 pounds of heritage pork raised by American family farmers.  This fairy-tale heritage pork event will feature celebrated chefs and nose-to-tail cookery. Representing an array of cultures, cities and cooking styles. Each of the chefs are tasked with preparing the best 3 bites of heritage breed pig from the whole-animal menu they created to win their respective cities. The event is akin to a 40-course stand-up tasting menu, with dozens of competition plates served alongside artisan wines, boutique spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and some of the best cheeses, charcuterie, sweets, and pop-up food experiences the country has to offer. A portion of all sales will benefit our sister charity Piggy Bank.

September 30-October 3, 2018  Food Marketing Institute Annual Business Conference - Chicago, Illinois
The Food Marketing Institute's Annual Business Conference provides a tremendous opportunity for suppliers to interact with their distributor trading partners.

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September 10, 2016 - 13th Annual Food, Wine & Brew Festival
Mokena, Illinois
Taste a variety of food, wines and craft beers from local restaurants.  Enjoy the festival atmosphere, browse the local artisans and listen to live musical performances. $25 advance sales, $30 day of event.  Includes etched tasting glass, 16 food and beverage sampling tickets, live entertainment, sweepstakes raffle.

September 17-18, 2016  3rd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest
Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois
The Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) presents the 3rd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, the only all-local street festival that highlights Chicago-made beer, music and products in the historic Andersonville neighborhood. Fans will enjoy the best that Chicago has to offer: local craft brews, cuisine and music. So, if it isn't from Chicago, it won't be found at City Made.

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September 12-13, 2015  Illinois Gourd Show - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Botanic Garden.

September 15-18, 2015  International Dairy Show - Chicago, Illinois
ProFood Tech will Replace International Dairy Show in April 2017, in Chicago Illinois.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 5, 2014  Galena Food and Wine Festival - Galena, Illinois
Aspires to be a culinary dream featuring the talents of Galena-area restaurants as well as wine tasting-showcasing approximately 150 varieties.

September 6, 2014  The Great American Bacon Festival
Chicago, Illinois

September 13, 2014  International Beer Tasting & Food Truck Showcase - Urbana, Illinois
Sample over 150 different specialty and import beers.

September 13, 2014  Wine Festival at the Lake - Chenoa, Illinois

September 20, 2014  Food Network In Concert - Highland Park, Illinois
EAT, DRINK and ROCK with John Mayer and your favorite Food Network stars! Enjoy a day of lunches, dinners, wines, cooking demonstrations with your favorite Food Network stars plus sample bite-sized creations from over 50 Chicago Chefs and over 100 wineries at Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Tasting Event! Rock out with John Mayer, Raul Midón, Twin Forks and many more! With multiple stages and dozens of delectable food & wine pairings, you'll be closing out the Ravinia summer season in style!

September 26-28, 2014  26th Annual St. Anne Pumpkin Festival - St. Anne, Illinois
Decorated pumpkins, scarecrow displays, three days of free continuous entertainment, parade, car show, fireworks, and much more.

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 7-9, 2012  Chucks Fest and Beer Expo - Bridgeview, Illinois

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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September 10-11, 2011  5th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Carlyle, Illinois

September 16-17, 2011  Taste Napa Valley - Chicago, Illinois
Twice a year, the Napa Valley Vintners hits the road with the principals and winemakers from 80 or more member wineries, focusing each trip on one market. The vintners spend several days in that market, hosting a mix of trade and consumer tasting events and educational programs.

September 22-25, 2011  Remember Our Heroes Oktoberfest - Woodstock, Illinois
VFW Post 5040 annual Oktoberfest celebration. Bags and Brats. Outdoor bags tournament, prizes; Traditional sauerbraten dinner, German music and beer, and raffles. Outdoor beer garden, live music.  Proceed benefit local Veterans organizations.

Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 2, 2010  RCA Midwest-Chicagoland 'Capsicums: What's Hot Now!' - Chicago, Illinois
Research Chefs Association. Overview of capsicum cultivation and processing, formulating with “red goods” and capsicum-related health & wellness trends.

September 17-18, 2010  4th Annual Fall Festival - Lewistown, Illinois
Activities for kids and adults. Beer Garden, All you can eat Biscuts & Gravy or Pancake breakfast, Cake walk, Rock climbing wall, Hot wing eating contest, Kids Spaghetti eating contest, Live Music, Antique Tractor Show, and much more.



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