FamilyFarmed EXPO

University Village / Little Italy

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In a Nutshell

  • Learn how to eat local
  • Cooking demos & lectures
  • Local foods & gifts
  • Top Chef alums

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Valid only for 3/19/11. Not valid for Good Food Festival workshops. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

It can be tough to tell cage-fed chickens from free-range, and even tougher to discern an organic head of lettuce from a genetically engineered head of lettuce with the body of a lion. Save the time you'd spend deliberating with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two admissions to the FamilyFarmed EXPO's Good Food Festival (up to a $30 value) on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Festival-goers can cruise more than 22,000 square feet of exhibits, cooking demos, workshops, and more at the UIC Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus. Celebrity chefs such as Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard, executive chef at Girl & The Goat, and Top Chef All Star Dale Levitski of French-American bistro Sprout fame will dazzle hungry eye-buds with cooking demos. Enlightened foodies can indulge in sweet samples from local markets, with tastings of fresh cheese, meats, and honey for the suckling.

FamilyFarmed EXPO's Good Food Festival's schedule features lectures on growing and using herbs, raising your own fang-less 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. The expo 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, and children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Good Food Festival & Conference

Made possible by, 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).

Customer Reviews

It felt like there was more going on last year, but it was still worth it.
Spencer R. · March 27, 2015
Go Early!
Morgan M. · March 16, 2014
What a great event. I look forward to it each year.
Adrin S. · March 19, 2013
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    University Village / Little Italy

    725 W Roosevelt Rd.

    Chicago, Illinois 60607

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