In March I had the opportunity to attend the Good Food Festival in Chicago.
The Good Food Festival was created for food lovers concerned about the future of our food supply.
“The purpose of the Good Food Festival & Conference is to link some of the best local farmers and family-owned producers of food and farm products with the public, trade buyers and leaders in the field to foster relationships that facilitate the growth of local food systems. FamilyFarmed.org now works with many of the nation’s largest buyers of local food including Whole Foods Market, Sysco, Compass Group, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Goodness Greeness, and others to connect them with local food sources.”
My kids, my mom and I attended the Exhibit part of the Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2012 and we walked away from it looking forward to next year.
There were so many great organic food products, organic product growers and all sorts of local food resources and information. There were product samples, demonstrations and many booths allowed you to purchase the products you were sampling, which was great for me because not only did I get to try something before I bought it, where I live these types of products aren’t as readily available as they are in the city. Hopefully that will change soon!
The event was held at UIC (The University of Illinois at Chicago), which is where I spent 5 years studying Architecture and obtained my Bachelor’s degree. It was great to go back and visit the campus and learn more about my passion for clean and organic eating.
It was sponsored by Chipotle, my favorite restaurant in the entire world and the exhibit floor was filled with great local and semi-local companies all there sharing a common passion for transforming the way we eat.
As I mentioned earlier, there were product samples, demonstrations and they made sure that the kids had a great time too. Purple Asparagus sponsored a children’s area where they learned about composting (and Abby fell in love with worms), planted tomato seeds and made puppets.
I can’t even begin to describe the great food I came home with!
My mom and I both are looking forward to next year.