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FamilyFarmed Good Food Expo 2018

14th Annual FamilyFarmed Good Food Expo 2018

FamilyFarmed Good Food Expo 2018

Shop, eat, learn, network and grow the Good Food movement at the 14th annual FamilyFarmed Good Food EXPO in Chicago on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018! Schedule highlights of this leading national event — which promotes a healthier, more environmentally sustainable and more economically dynamic food system — include:

  • Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago’s Monteverde restaurant — fresh off her 2017 James Beard Best Chef Great Lakes Award — will receive FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Chef of the Year Award and do a demo at Saturday’s Good Food Festival’s popular Chefs At Play stage.
  • Other chefs lined up for the Festival include:
    Rick Bayless of the Frontera restaurants;
    Jason Vincent of Chicago’s Giant and City Mouse; and
    Judson Todd Allen, a Chicago native whose flavorful spice-forward cuisine is well-known to TV audiences.
  • The Chefs At Play stage shares the main hall with the Good Food Marketplace, which on Friday and Saturday will feature 180 of the Chicago regions best food and farm businesses exhibiting and selling their products.
  • Saturday kicks off with a pickling, preserving and fermenting Masterclass featuring
    Michael Harlan Turkell, author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar. Ticket required.
  • Friday’s Good Food Trade Show: Production, Policy & Industry Exchange will include a focus on the hot topic of regenerative agriculture, which advocates farming techniques that build soil health, prevent erosion, and sequester carbon in soil to reduce global warming.
  • Good Food EXPO weekend will feature an event at which author/editor
    Paul Hawken will discuss Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming.
  • Friday’s schedule also includes a Policy Conference with topics that include prospects for the 2018 Farm Bill and the Good Food Procurement Policy enacted by the city of Chicago.
  • Saturday’s Good Food Festival will include a track on FamilyFarmed’s impactful new event series, Good Food Is Good Medicine, a public-focused program to promote the connections between Good Food and good health.
  • Saturday’s Good Food Festival will again by family-friendly, with free admission, programming for children, and a panel discussion about school food education and gardening programs. The Organic Valley Good Food Commons, which features DIY gardening and growing programs, is popular with visitors of all ages!
  • On-Farm Food Safety and FSMA farmer training will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 as a Good Food EXPO pre-conference event. Free with pre-registration. .
  • Wholesale Success: Meeting the Needs and Values of Wholesale Buyers farmer training will be held on Friday as part of Friday’s programming. Both farmer training workshops are led by organic farmer Atina Diffley who has trained nearly 14,000 farmers in 43 states as part of FamilyFarmed’s Farmer Training program.

“Our Good Food EXPO has brought together leading experts, chefs, farmers, Good Food producers, buyers, sellers, financiers and lenders to accelerate the already rapid growth of the Good Food movement,” said Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed’s founder and CEO. “In 2018, as in all previous years, we seek to make the next Good Food EXPO more exciting and impactful than the last.”

FamilyFarmed is a leader in promoting locally and sustainably produced food for almost two decades. Its Good Food EXPO in 2004 was the first such event focused specifically on local and sustainable food, and it remains the Midwest’s premier annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement. The 2017 Good Food EXPO drew 7,500 attendees, shattering the previous record.

The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference branches off as its own stand-alone event on June 19, 2018, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago’s West Loop, very near the city’s Restaurant Row.

Kicking off the new two-day Good Food EXPO on Friday, March 23 (8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.), the 

Good Food Trade Show: Production, Policy & Industry Exchange focuses on key business and policy issues affecting the Good Food market, and features the Good Food Marketplace, at which exhibitors will participate and where buyers and sellers make valuable contacts.  That evening, attendees will have the chance to build business relationships at the 

Good Food Industry Networking and Meet the Buyers Reception (5-7 p.m.).

On Saturday, March 24 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is the Good Food Festival & Marketplace, a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, tastings from food artisans, DIY workshops on the Organic Valley 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!

Please visit for more information about this event and read all about it on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food on Every Table website. Check back often for programming updates!

UIC Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607. Information about ticket purchase for the Friday session and registration for the free Saturday session will be released soon.



About FamilyFarmed
FamilyFarmed is the producer of the Good Food EXPO. 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.