The 10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference is March 13-15. Local farmers, artisanal food producers, wholesale buyers, food economy investors, national thought leaders and policy experts, chefs, DIY workshop specialists, and health & values-oriented consumers will all converge on UIC Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. Some of the big shots that will be in attendance are Rick Bayless, Paul Virant, Erling Wu-Bower and Jason Vincent.
If you’re already involved in the Good Food Economy, you may want to check out the Financing & Innovation Conference that takes place on Thursday. Listen in on panels with food industry experts and information for the trade, food policy sessions and networking, and advancing healthier foods for our schools. Featuring Deborah Kane, Director of the USDA Farm-to-School Initiative; MacArthur Genius and urban farmer, Will Allen; and Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw.
We’ve always enjoyed their Friday night event, Localicious, which unites Chicago’s premier chefs such as Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), Marc Bernard (Big Bowl), Sean Sanders (Browntrout), Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse), Joseph Heppe (Untitled), among others, for an evening of delicious food, the best of local wines, beers and spirits, and a live Bluegrass band. Saturday is a great day to check out the tradeshow and enjoy a family-friendly day, featuring a host of inspiring speakers, DIY workshops, chef demos by Rick Bayless, Paul Virant, Erling Wu-Bower and Jason Vincent, an interactive Kids Corner, Good Food Court, and exhibitor floor, all designed to grow the Good Food Movement.
$10 Saturday Festival
$95 Thursday Financing & Innovation Conference
$45 Friday Trade Day $220
3-day all-access pass
*other ticketing options available;
full ticket info here