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2017 Good Food Festival & Conference

03/16/2017 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Daily until 03/18/2017
UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60607

2017 Good Food Festival & Conference

2017 Good Food Festival & Conference

The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference is coming up March 16-18 in Chicago! The Midwest’s premier annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement is presented by FamilyFarmed, a leader in promoting locally and sustainably produced food for almost two decades.

The 2017 Good Food Festival & Conference will bring together regional and national leaders in local, sustainable food — from farmers to chefs, entrepreneurs to policy makers — to discuss the movement that’s transforming the way we eat.

Held at UIC Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, the three-day symposium will feature speakers, panel discussions, cooking demos, workshops and more! “Our goal always is to make each year’s Good Food Festival & Conference better than the last,” says Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed’s founder and president. “That’s a high bar. Last year, we had nearly 5,000 attendees, including numerous leading national, state and local policy makers. The 2017 event again will be a must-see for anyone with an interest in a healthier, more sustainable and economically vibrant food system.”

Kicking off on Thursday, March 16 (8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.), the Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference sponsored by Crain’s Chicago Business is a dynamic day that connects funders with food businesses seeking financing. The Financing Fair gives growing food businesses the opportunity to pitch their business plans, plus assists FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator, a program that each year helps nine competitively selected entrepreneurial food and farm businesses get ready for successful investor interaction.

On Friday, March 17 (8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.), the Good Food Trade/School Food/Producer/Policy Day focuses on all of these areas, plus the Good Food Industry Showcase, in which more than 100 exhibitors are participating and where buyers and sellers make valuable contacts.

Culminating on Saturday, March 18 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is the 2017 Good Food Festival, a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, tastings from local food artisans, DIY workshops on the Good Food Commons, chef demos, an interactive Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner, and the Good Food Marketplace, a show and sales floor featuring more than 150 farmers, artisanal food producers, retailers, other vendors, and nonprofit organizations — all designed to grow the Good Food movement!

One of Saturday’s highlights will be a three-hour Masterclass Workshop (9 am – 12 pm) called Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health with best-selling author Sally Fallon Morell. An advocate for nutrition since the 1970’s, Sally is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions and Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child CareNourishing Broth and Nourishing Fats.

Participants & Speakers include: Sally Fallon Morell, founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation andauthor of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions. Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods Market’s Midwest division; Rick Bayless of Frontera Mexican Restaurant Group; Marc Schulman of Eli’s Cheesecake; Rob Levitt of Local Foods and The Butcher & Larder; Chuck Templeton Founder of OpenTableand Managing Director of S2G Ventures; and many more!

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.

The Good Food Festival & Conference is March 16-18, 2017. UIC Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607. All events are ticketed and are available in advance or at door. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit

PLEASE NOTE: Ticket prices for all three days including industry networking receptions, breakout policy sessions, workshops and urban farm bus tour will be finalized in January 2017.

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About FamilyFarmed

FamilyFarmed is the producer of the Good Food Festival & Conference. It is a nonprofit whose mission is to expand the production, marketing, and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities. FamilyFarmed works to build partnerships that grow regional food systems, support farmers and processors of sustainably produced food, preserve farmland, encourage transparency in food production, and advocate for healthy and affordable food access to all. FamilyFarmed connects farmers to many of the largest buyers of local food including Whole Foods Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Local Foods of Chicago, Goodness Greeness, Compass Group, Lettuce Entertain You, and more.

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