Today's side deal puts foodies' hearts and brains where their stomachs are with an $8 ticket to the FamilyFarmed Expo's Local Food Festival on March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (a $15 advanced-purchase value or $20 at the door). Festival-goers can cruise more than 22,000 square feet of exhibits, cooking demos, workshops, and more at the new UIC Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus. Celebrity chefs such as Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco) and Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, Publican) will dazzle hungry eye-buds with cooking demos, and a bevy of knowledgeable professionals will lead workshops on making local, healthy eating choices.
The Local Food Festival's schedule features lectures on growing and using herbs, raising your own chickens, eating organic and local on a budget, and preserving fresh-grown food to enjoy all year long. FamilyFarmed makes supporting responsible, family-run businesses easy with tons of vendors and artisans offering food and gifts. It will also have a designated sign-up area where you can become a part of Community Supported Agriculture and take advantage of regular access to fresh, seasonal produce. Young ones can get in on the locovore love with interactive kids' exhibits.
Good Food Festival & Conference
Made possible by FamilyFarmed.org, an organization that forges bonds between locally grown food and the people who grow, sell, and eat it, the Good Food Festival & Conference lets Chicagoans participate in the locally driven Good Food movement. Coming from all over the Midwest, more than 150 farmers and artisans display their healthily unprocessed bounties while debunking widespread myths that the freshest fruit grows in cans. Chef demos celebrate the spectacle of cooking. Young chefs can exercise creative muscles and artsy tendons at the children’s corner, which features face painting, a scavenger hunt, and an arts and crafts session. Scheduled workshops, such as the Master Class On Breadmaking, teach casual eaters about their deep-seated connections to the things they chew (additional workshop fees apply).
University Village / Little Italy
725 W Roosevelt Rd.
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