Eat, meet and be thoughtful at FamilyFarmed's 15th Annual Good Food EXPO! The EXPO is the Midwest’s premier annual event focused on locally and sustainably produced food. Attendees at the Good Food Trade Show on Friday, March 22 and the Good Food Festival on March 23 will be informed, inspired — and most importantly FED — at the many chef demos, symposiums and panels featuring leading chefs, producers and experts from across the Good Food spectrum.
The 2019 Good Food Chef of the Year ceremony will take place at the Networking Reception at the end of the Trade Show on Friday, March 22. The award will be presented to local farm-to-table pioneer Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe, celebrating its own 20th anniversary, and his newer hit, Marisol at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Admission to the Networking Reception and Chef of the Year ceremony is included in each ticket to the full-day Good Food Trade Show, and can be purchased here. Those interested in attending the Networking Reception and salute to Jason Hammel only can purchase tickets here.
Family Farmed is currently offering all CFBN members a 25% discount off registration to the Friday Trade Show or the Friday Chef's Reception - visit your Member Perks area for the discount code!
The Good Food Festival on Saturday, March 23 brings more demos by restaurant rock stars at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chefs at Play Stage. The full lineup will be finalized soon.
FamilyFarmed defines Good Food as delicious, accessible, and produced as locally as possible using sustainable, humane and fair practices. Panels at the Friday Good Food Trade Show underscore that all those qualities start at the farm. Topics will include: regenerative agriculture, the renaissance in hemp production as legal restrictions fall, converting farmland to organic from conventional production, bringing more farm-to-table sourcing to restaurants, growing better grain, Chicago’s role as an urban agriculture center, women leaders in the Good Food sector, Chicago’s growing community of food business incubators and accelerators, how business get grocery shelf space to sell their products, and the all-important matter of raising capital.
The Saturday Good Food Festival is the big public celebration of Good Food, and the day will feature multiple panels, with the theme of Good Food is Good Medicine about the powerful connections between food, health and disease prevention. The family-friendly Festival also features The Kids' Corner presented by Purple Asparagus. The Good Food Commons is back for the backyard do-it-yourselfers, as is the popular Test Your Soil! conducted by the University of Illinois in conjunction with Advocates for Urban Agriculture. And attendees will again enjoy the opportunity to meet many of the Midwest's leading farmers and food product companies at the Good Food Marketplace, open both days of the Good Food EXPO.
Tickets for the Friday Trade Show are now on sale; registration for the free Saturday Good Food Festival is requested. Please visit goodfoodEXPO.org for more information - check back often for programming updates!
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