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2020 ILLINOIS - July 2020
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
(see also: 2019  -  2017  -  2016 )


 

July 2-5, 2020
Naperville Ribfest
Naperville, Illinois
Ribfest recruits 12 of the country's best rib vendors to cook in a nationally recognized BBQ contest. Major music acts as well as community talent. Fundraiser to fight child abuse and domestic violence.

July 3-5, 2020
Annual Windy City RibFest in Uptown - Chicago, Illinois
Finger lickin' slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight at this popular summer food/street fest. Even better? A rockin' 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands!  This "saucy" happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine.

July 4, 2020  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 6-11, 2020  Knox County Fair - Galesburg, Illinois
Come celebrate the Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food, vendors, nightly grandstand events. Figure 8 racing and the ever popular demolition derby.

July 8-12, 2020  Taste of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
There’s food for everybody’s taste at Grant Park where you’ll find more than 300 menu items from over 70 restaurants. Said to be the world's largest food festival with over 2 million people attending annually. (also: www.tasteofchicago.us )

July 9-11, 2020  Taste of Park Ridge - Park Ridge, Illinois
Featuring local restaurants selling their specialties and free entertainment each night.  Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Free Family Fun Zone for children Saturday at Hodges Park.

July 10-12, 2020  9th Annual Square Roots Music, Craft Brew & Local Food Festival - Chicago, Illinois
The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. More than 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), the Brew Lounge specialty tap tasting booth, fabulous cuisine and the diverse entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can offer. Fans will love the new components and surprises!  Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families.  Attendance: 30,000.

 

July 12-15, 2020 - IFT20: Feed Your Future - Chicago, Illinois
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the ONLY event that brings together decision-makers from all of the many disciplines involved in food science and technology for scientific education and career development.    Attendance: 23,000.

July 14, 2020  Pinot in the City - Chicago, Illinois
60 wineries from Oregon's Willamette Valley are barreling to Chicago for Pinot in the City, a showcase of some of the world's most exciting Pinot noirs. The evening tasting event, hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, at Morgan Manufacturing from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.(VIP access at 5:30 p.m.) will feature owners and winemakers pouring a selection of wines, including library and current releases, paired with delicious Pinot noir-friendly small bites.  Sip Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, sparkling wines and more showcasing the best that Oregon has to offer. Get VIP tickets for early access at 5:30 p.m. and more time with the winemakers.  Tickets must be purchased in advance; there will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are limited in availability. 21+ only.

July 16, 2020  Annual Chef BBQ Benefit - Chicago, Illinois
Green City Market's annual Chef BBQ Benefit 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lincoln Park, featuring the who's who of Chicago's culinary scene.  All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the market with nearly 100 chefs and restaurants creating culinary magic. In addition to food, 50 of the Midwest's best brewers, distilleries, wineries, and mixologists will feature locally made craft beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Advance tickets for the Green City Market Chefs BBQ go on sale opening day.  General admission tickets are $125; individual VIP tickets are $250 and VIP tables of 10 are available for $2,500. VIP ticket holders are treated to a special early VIP reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as this event has sold out in past years.

July 17-18, 2020  Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown - Morton, Illinois
BBQ Throwdown is a KCBS sanctioned competition, featuring food vendors, a beer garden, craft show, kids activities, and top notch entertainment.

July 17-19, 2020  Taste of River North - Chicago, Illinois
Known for its diverse mix of restaurants, artists and innovative businesses, the River North neighborhood is unlike any in Chicago.   For one extended weekend this summer, the area's best will come together for the ultimate neighborhood showcase, the annual Taste of River North (ToRN).  50,000 festers are expected to turn out for this year's three day bash, which encompasses the picturesque riverfront setting of A. Montgomery Ward Park and the surrounding streets.   Boasting an impressive list of River North restaurants and chefs, ToRN also includes non-stop live music, featuring bands and music that excites everyone.  Attendance: 50,000.

July 24-26, 2020  American Farm Heritage Days - Greenville, Illinois
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  American Farm Heritage Museum. Tractor-cade, Farm Heritage Demonstrations, Tractors, Tractor Games, Children's Games & Activities, Food, Craft, Train, & Petting Zoo

July 25, 2020  Chicago Craft Beer Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Celebrating its 9th year, in 2020 it will be held in conjunction with one of the Windy City’s most iconic summer street fests: the 37th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue.

July 25-26, 2020  Taste of Lincoln Avenue - Chicago, Illinois
Come and join us at the Taste of Lincoln Chicago for another year of great fun, food, activities, and entertainment.

July 27-August 1, 2020  Annual Kishwaukee Fest - Dekalb, Illinois
This festival will feature a week long variety of events in various cities in DeKalb County, including concerts, food events, car shows, wild west pageant and parade. Baconpaloosa Swine & Wine Festival will be the major food attraction of the festival  and will include a variety of bacon dishes by local restaurants and service clubs. There will be wine sampling with both local and national wine venders at the event. Part of the day will include a collection of classic Corvettes, boutique shoppe specials and entertainment. The Kishwaukee Fest “Lincoln Highway” Torch-lite Parade will be held on Friday evening. Concerts in the Parks include a variety of entertainment for everyone with musical genre including county, Caribbean, jazz, classical and concert bands, featuring regional and national acts.

July 31-August 2, 2020  Festa Italiana - Naperville, Illinois
We are thrilled to announce that Festa Italiana is returning better than ever, to Naperville, IL at the amazing Naper Settlement. Festa Italiana is a showcase of authentic Italian culture, music, food, artisans, and so much more! With thousands of attendees each year, we’re proud to celebrate our fourth year of Festa, and are excited to present a 3 day extravaganza with 2 stages (Italian & rock), family friendly entertainment, artists, and the celebrated Zoppé Family Circus. Feast your eyes on amazing dancers, singers, and circus performers, and then feast on the best Italian food Illinois has to offer.  Attendance: 50,000
 

2019 ILLINOIS - July 2019
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

July 8-21, 2019  French Restaurant Week - Chicago, Illinois
Thousands of Francophiles celebrating French cuisine and culture. Numerous restaurants across Chicago will offer a special prix-fixe menu options during dinner, and in some cases, lunch.

July 12-13, 2019 - 32nd Farm Toy Show - Metropolis, Illinois
Massac Country Youth Fair and Community Center, Inc. Show hours are Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more info call (618) 645-2737.

July 13-15, 2019 - Roscoe Village Burger Fest - Chicago, Illinois
Flippin' hot! July is about to get a few degrees hotter than normal when some of Chicago's finest burger emporiums and restaurants fire up their grills at this year's Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Add to that a rockin' music on two stages and summer is gonna be sizzling.  In addition to mouth-watering patties and great music on two stages, there's also a popular "Kids' Zone" activity area as well arts & craft vendors. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Chicago burger.  A $10 suggested donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.

July 16-20, 2019 - Mattoon Bagelfest - Mattoon, Illinois
Home of Lenders Bagels - world's largest free bagel breakfast, bagel contests, entertainment and more.

July 18-20, 2019 - Annual Sweetcorn Festival - Chatham, Illinois
The schedule of events includes Live Music, Tour de Corn Bike Ride, Children's Area, Soccer Tournament, Miss Chatham Sweetcorn Pageant, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw, and Free Harmonicas & Lessons.

July 25, 2019  Taste of Galesburg - Galesburg, Illinois
Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden.

July 25-28, 2019  Annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil - Sugar Grove, Illinois
The Corn Boil, held in Volunteer Park on Main Street in Sugar Grove, generates approximately 15,000 visitors. Fireworks, 5K run/walk, medallion hunt, kids zone, car show, and Corn Boil Cooking Challenge!  Attendance: 15,000.

July 27, 2019  Bite Nite at City Market Pavilion - Rockford, Illinois
Bite Nite at City Market Pavilion was started in 2017 by local nonprofit, the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), to bring people downtown and showcase the many restaurants and other vendors that Rockford and the surrounding area has to offer.  The event offers bite size food and beverages, children's activities, and live bands.  Patrons vote on their favorite foods in each category.  $5 admission.
 

2017 ILLINOIS - July 2017
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events still waiting for new dates

July 20-21, 2017 - 6th International Conference on Biodiversity
Chicago, Illinois
Biodiversity 2017 is a global platform to discuss and learn about Ecology and its associated fields, Evolution of Species, Plant & Animal Biodiversity, Biodiversity Management, Fauna & Flora, Biodiversity & Food Security, Conservation of Endangered Species, Marine Biodiversity, Forestry and Sustainable Energy Development.

July 28-30, 2017  Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo - Peoria, Illinois
Booths of hunting/shooting products, accessories, services and related outdoor items. Seminars including cooking and butchering, plus contests and more.
 

2016 ILLINOIS - July 2016
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

July 22-23, 2016  Downtown Bacon Throwdown & Music Fest
Springfield, Illinois
Features 20 restaurants presenting a variety of bacon menu items, plus ethnic, classic, and eclectic cuisine, multiple live bands.  Time:  5:00 p.m. to Midnight on Friday; 3:00 pm to Midnight on Saturday.  Cost: $5 Adult admission; Kids 12 and Under are Free.

July 23-24, 2016  Chicago Hot Sauce Fest - Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Hot Sauce Fest, featuring a professional food eating contest, pepper challenges, live entertainment, food & Beverages, and more.

July 23-24, 2016  Taste of Latin America - Chicago, Illinois
This culinary happening, now in its forth year and supported by Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, is a gala weekend celebration of all things Central and South American. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine& live music& arts & crafts& cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival's mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture.  Foodies and non-foodies alike will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains, visitors have the culinary experience of a lifetime.

 

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