The Local Beet’s With The Good Food Festival

March 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

Once again, the Local Beet is participating with our friends at FamilyFarmed.Org in the Good Food Festival (formerly known as the FamilyFarmed Expo).  The Festival will take place this week, March 15-17 at the UIC Forum.

We like to participate at the Festival and we like to participate behind the scenes.  As in previous years, we have been involved in the planning committees for both the Thursday “Financing Fair” and the Saturday “Consumer Day”.  Every year we are impressed with the program put together, but we are especially impressed this year with the events.  The team listened to comments and suggestions from previous years.  For instance, last year’s practical seminars at the Financing Fair helped a lot of small food business operators, so the Festival included similar programs this year, with even more emphasis on providing practical advice.  Consumer Day, we heard clearly you wanted similar practical advice.  We worked hard this year to provide dedicated, hands on classes and presentations.  We won’t just talk about good food, we’ll show you good food, teach you good food, get your hands dirty with good food.  Look at the schedule, we think you’ll like it.

Note, as we previously reported, the program on Saturday includes four special in-depth workshops/opportunities.  These sessions really allow you to get involved with good food.  The workshops include butchering, preserving, permaculture and a tour of urban agriculture.  Get reservations here for these special sessions.  And use Local Beet code gfflocalbeet when you register and get a 20 % discount off of the online price which also represents 40% off of the door price.

We love to participate in the planning, but we love even more to be at the Festival.  The Local Beet will have a table at the Festival on Friday and Saturday where you can meet us and talk local food with us.  In addition, we will moderate panels on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, we will moderate a panel with Josh Brusin of Chicago Foodies, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions Deli, and Michelle Garcia of Bleeding Heart Bakery.  We will be talking about growing your business through social media.  On Saturday, we will be moderating a class on fermentation with leading salter, Ben Walker.  Also on Saturday, Melissa Graham, the Local Beet’s Sustainable Cook will host the Kid’s Corner.  Come hear our panels, come by the kid’s corner, and come stop by our table.