The summer of eating is upon us and we have two Memorial Day Weekend food fests that will satisfy both your savory and sweet teeth.
Gelato World Tour
201 E. Randolph St.
12 p.m.–8 p.m.
There can’t be anything better for warming temperatures than gelato, and this weekend you can try the best gelato in the eastern region of the Americas at the Gelato World Tour. The tour visits Tokyo, Singapore, and Chicago finding the best gelato makers in their respective regions where the winners go to Italy to compete for the title of World’s Best Gelato. The competition in Chicago not only has finalists from the United States but from Brazil and Canada too. You’ll recognize Chicago’s own Black Dog Gelato in the competition with their 606 gelato, combining roasted peanuts, sweet coconut, saffron, honey, curry powder, vanilla, ginger and caramelized cashews. The tour is free and open to the public, but if you want to taste and help judge make sure to buy a $10 ticket, which allows for eight samples. There will also be free artisan gelato workshops held during the event. For more information visit gelatoworldtour.com.
Mole de Mayo
Ashland and 18th Street.
Friday from 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
If you want to give the sweet tooth a break then head to Pilsen for Mole de Mayo. This annual celebration has local chefs and restaurants competing to see who makes the best mole. The popular Mexican sauce is never the same as you can add all kinds of ingredients, but the base is usually a chili pepper with the most popular mole being the mole poblano. Other food vendors will be on hand at the festival along with two live music stages featuring great Latin bands, an open-air market, and even a lucha libre wrestling ring. Mole de Mayo offers a great way to dip your toe into the character-filled and unique Pilsen neighborhood. For more information visit starevents.com/festivals/mole-de-mayo.