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The Midwest’s Premier Local & Sustainable Food Trade Show  


What is Good Food? Chicagoans not only embrace local and sustainable food, but they also want to know as much about where their food comes from as possible. This is the idea behind the Good Food Movement, which Chicago is celebrating this weekend! Local chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and consumers will come together to discuss the ever-popular topic of food at The Good Food Festival & Conference, the Midwest’s largest local & sustainable food trade show.

Presented by FamilyFarmed and held at UIC Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus from March 24-26, the three-day event is a place for people to learn and discuss how to build a healthier, more sustainable, more humane, fairer (and tastier!) food system.


The fast-growing Good Food Movement aims to give consumers the confidence that they are eating honest, real food grown by people who care about their land and their communities, and also works to make family farm food affordable and available to all. From panel discussions with policy makers, food entrepreneurs and chefs, to DIY workshops, chef demonstrations and activities for all ages, the festival is a platform for food business start-ups, farmers and consumers alike.

A rundown of the symposium is as follows:

Thursday: Financing & Innovation – a dynamic day that connects funders with food businesses seeking financing. The Financing Fair gives rising food businesses the opportunity to pitch their business plans to investors, funders and lenders.

Friday: Good Food Trade Show & Industry Conference – covering the wide spectrum of issues of great interest to Good Food businesses; producers; school food managers, suppliers and advocates; and those engaged in shaping better public policy around Good Food.

Saturday: Good Food Festivala family-friendly day of tastings from local food artisans, workshops on the Organic Valley Good Food Commons, chef demos, an interactive Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner, and inspiring speakers.


For a complete itinerary and full list of participating chefs, exhibitors and sponsors, please visit and read all about it on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food on Every Table website. All events are ticketed and available in advance or at the door.

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