The Good Food Festival Gets Even Better and We’re Still With Them

March 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This is the fifth year that the Local Beet has been involved with the Good Food Festival, a three-day event presented by on March 14-16 at the UIC Forum.  We’ve wanted to be involved each year, because we believe strongly in the ideas, the education, and the unique local products put forth at the Festival. Each year, the Festival gets better. This year, the Festival is really stepping forward.

The first day of the event, as in prior years, is dedicated to the important issue of financing of local food businesses. This day ranges from instructing companies on how get their kicks-started to obtaining significant private equity investment. On the second day, FamilyFarmed will put on several workshops aimed for people in the food industry, and the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council will host many sessions on building a better local food system. The last day, Saturday, offers much for the public from lectures to hands-on workshops, including an expo offering samples of local food products, demos, and the chance to meet many people in the local food industry. Enhancements to this year’s Saturday session include the Good Food Commons, which enables attendees to receive direct, hands-on advice on topics like canning, gardening and raising, backyard chickens and a tour of Chicago breweries.

Please participate and meet the Local Beet at the Good Food Festival. On Friday and Saturday, the Local Beet will have a booth to talk all things local food with you. I, along with Local Beet Associate Editor, Wendy Aeschlimann, will be moderating panels at the Festival. On Friday, I am participating in a symposium on the future of Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs. On Saturday, Wendy will moderate a panel on finding the right CSA. Fresh from completing the 2013 Local Beet CSA list, Wendy sure knows a thing or two about your options, so if you are thinking about getting a CSA, her session is a must. Must will also be part of the other session I am involved in on Saturday, must being a key element in fermentation. I have the lucky position of hosting fermentation master Sandor Katz in a special workshop (supplementary fee).

We really hope you can make it to this year’s Good Food Festival. Go here for tickets. To sweeten the pot, we’ve got a code for you to use to get ten percent off any of the packages. Keep an eye on the Beet for more in the days ahead.