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UIC Forum 1200 West Harrison Street Chicago , Illinois 60607
Tel: (312) 996-7000
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Good Food EXPO 2018

Attendees

7,700

Exhibitors

100

Register

$10 - $65

Overview

Event Overview:

The Good Food EXPO is produced by FamilyFarmed. 

The Good Food EXPO began 14-years ago as the Local Organic Trade Show, the first event of its kind. The event plays an essential role in building local food infrastructure and creating lasting relationships that have helped push the Good Food movement forward.

Today, we celebrate the progress of the movement while addressing some of the challenges presented by its success. The demand for local food is greater than the supply, and everyone is more conscious of where their food comes from. Large buyers, including grocery stores, distributors and institutions, are rushing to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace.

The Good Food EXPO helps connect financial resources to farms and Good Food businesses; helps grow local procurement capacity; engages local school districts; provides a forum to discuss local, statewide and national food policy; and educates the public about the importance and impact of Good Food. Unique opportunities arise for growing the Good Food movement with all of these stakeholders networking through our important sessions and trade show exhibits.

Our 14- year success story of happenings at the Good Food EXPO includes:

  • Multiple local procurement relationships begun at the Good Food EXPO
  • Hundreds of new product launches
  • Businesses gaining access to financing
  • Local food procurement announcements by Midway Airport, McCormick Place, and Chicago Public Schools.

The Good Food EXPO is not just a farmer-and industry-focused event though. It’s a celebration of Good Food.

The all-day Good Food Festival on Saturday gives families and individuals the opportunity to learn directly from experienced farmers and gardeners in our Organic Valley Good Food Commons; hear from thought leader panelists about the future of our agricultural system; watch chef demos highlighting local food; and engage with more than 100 farmer, food business, and non-profit exhibitors at the Good Food Marketplace.

No other event brings together such a wide range of farmers, food entrepreneurs, food policy stakeholders, sustainable agriculture visionaries, and community members all in one place. Our offerings will continue to be at the forefront of the Good Food movement, and our event will continue to be an important part of growing the sustainable agriculture community in Chicago and beyond!

Attendee Information:

Join us in March for the Good Food EXPO – The Midwest’s Premier Showcase for Local and Sustainable Food

Greet spring and celebrate our region’s growing local food community! The 14th Annual Good Food EXPO invites you to two dynamic days that connect all the people active in the Good Food community – farmers, food producers, investors, trade buyers, policy makers, activists, families and Good Food lovers.

Join us March 23-24, to shop, eat, learn, network and expand Good Food!

Friday, March 23 - Farmers, producers, buyers, schools and industry stakeholders meet to share knowledge and discuss policy developments. The Good Food Trade Show will feature more than 100 sustainable food exhibitors!

Saturday, March 24 - Join us for a day celebrating Good Food! Discover new artisanal goods from more than 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chefs demos, and explore our family-friendly programming!

Exhibitor Information:

The heart of our Event – the Exhibit floor!

Now in its 14th year, the Good Food EXPO in Chicago has gained national prominence as the annual gathering of industry leaders who are passionate about the benefits of a local, sustainable food system.

Exhibit Friday and Saturday, or just one day. Floor is open from 10am – 5pm each day. Friday’s Good Food Industry Showcase will focus on trade/wholesaler networking & selling. Saturday’s Good Food Marketplace will focus on consumers. Overflowing with exciting Good Food businesses, non-profit organizations, farmers, and more, this is the place to connect with trade buyers and sell to consumers. In the past, more than a third of our 180 plus exhibitors were farmers! We can’t wait to see what the 2018 growing season will bring!

About FamilyFarmed:

A Good Food Movement Leader and Innovator

FamilyFarmed is a national leader in building the Good Food movement and developing regional, sustainable food systems. Its annual Good Food EXPO - America’s longest-running sustainable and local food trade show - brings together key stakeholders to be inspired and do business.

FamilyFarmed has been instrumental in the launch and growth of numerous Good Food businesses, and its Wholesale Success technical assistance manual has been used to train thousands of farmers in the economics and food safety imperatives of today’s Good Food market. Direct Market Success, a training manual and workshop series, modeled after Wholesale Success, was launched in January 2017 and is aimed primarily at the young and beginning farmers - who sell primarily direct to consumers - who are much needed in a nation where the current average age of farmers is around 60.

Agenda

Mar 23   

8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mar 24   

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

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