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Chicago Food Festivals 2013

Written by  Jamie Albert
 
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2013 Chicago Food Festivals

Most people are familiar with the annual Taste of Chicago held yearly at Grant Park – but that’s far from the only food-centric festival going on in the Windy City this summer. There are many other food festivals that take place in Chicago, focusing on all different types of cuisines. Here are a few food fests happening throughout the year:

The Taste of Latin America Food Wine & Art Festival

The Taste of Latin America Food Wine Art Festival makes its Chicago debut along Armitage Avenue in the Near North on August 23-25. The festival anticipates over 40,000 attendants, and more than 25 of Chicago’s finest authentic Latin American restaurants and chefs will showcase the best Latin cuisine on Chicago’s Restaurant Row.

In addition to the many types of cuisine, including food from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Jamaica and many more, the fest will feature Latin American live music and entertainment. Other highlights will be wine tasting, an outdoor art gallery showcasing local and regional artists, culinary demonstrations and competitions with celebrity judges, a kid’s carnival. Spearheading the project is 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Baconfest Chicago

Baconfest is a nationally renowned and locally revered fest that celebrates one of our nation’s most popular meats – bacon, of course. Some of the best chefs in Chicago collaborate to serve up all kinds of bacon dishes to the thousands of bacon-loving attendees at the UIC Forum at 725 West Roosevelt Road on Saturday, April 20th.

Although tickets are a bit pricey at $100, they include a ton of food and samplings, lots of drink tickets for the many beer, wine and liquor sponsors, and access to the chef area. Also, a portion of the proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and there is also a raffle that supports local food drives. You can choose from a two and a half hour lunch session or dinner session VIP tickets include an extra hour before the general admission lunch or dinner shift.

Chowdah Fest 2013

Chowdah Fest 2013 will take place on Monday, March 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Yacht Club ship. The fest is a competitive seafood contest between some of the best local seafood chefs who fight to win the title of "Best Chowdah in Town!" as well as the audience choice award.

In addition to chowder and other seafood, local craft beers will be served and there will be a dessert room featuring Eli's Cheesecake. General admission is $40. Proceeds go to Sea Scouts youth sailing program.

Pinot Days Chicago

Pinot Days Chicago is a wine event that takes place at Navy Pier on Saturday, April 20th from 2-5 p.m. 65 wineries are represented at the festival, and features many exquisite pinot wines and food pairings in the beautiful Lakeview Terrace, where attendees can enjoy excellent pinots and delicious food along with the intimate ambiance and amazing views of Lake Michigan.

Before the “Grand Festival” at Navy Pier, the fest also begins with “Meet the Winemaker” dinners and pinot and food pairings at local wine bars and restaurants and even tastings at retail boutiques. The main event at Navy Pier is limited to only 1000 attendees, and costs $75 or $110 for VIP tickets, which includes an additional tasting, and an exclusive seminar.

The Food Film Festival

The Food Film Festival, as you might expect, provides film and food pairings. On November 21 – 23, Chicagoans will have the opportunity to unite their love for films on the big screen and for fantastic food. Food centered films are paired with meals inspired by what’s on the big screen.

Like other film fests, The Food Film Festival is also a competitive event. Films are judged by in a number of categories including feature, short, super-short, as well as best “food porn,” and Food Filmmaker of the year.

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