The Good Food Festival & Conference is produced by FamilyFarmed.
The Good Food Festival & Conference began eleven years ago as the Local Organic Trade Show, the first event of its kind. The event plays an essential role in building local food infrastructure and creating lasting relationships that have helped push the Good Food movement forward.
Today, we celebrate the progress of the movement while addressing some of the challenges presented by its success. The demand for local food is greater than the supply, and everyone is more conscious of where their food comes from. Large buyers, including grocery stores, distributors, and institutions, are rushing to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace.
The Good Food Festival & Conference helps connect financial resources to farms and Good Food businesses; helps grow local procurement capacity; engages local school districts; provides a forum to discuss local, statewide, and national food policy; and educates the public about the importance and impact of Good Food. Unique opportunities arise for growing the Good Food movement with all of these stakeholders networking through our important sessions and trade show exhibits.
Our success story of happenings at the the Good Food Festival & Conference includes:
Multiple local procurement relationships begun at the Good Food Festival & Conference
Hundreds of new product launches
Businesses gaining access to financing
Announcements of major local food procurement achievements by Midway Airport, McCormick Place, and Chicago Public Schools
The Good Food Festival & Conference is not just a farmer and industry-focused event though. It’s a celebration of Good Food. Our Localicious Party Friday night pairs local farmers with chefs, brewers, wineries, and distilleries for the local food party of the season!
The all-day Good Food Festival on Saturday gives families and individuals the opportunity to learn directly from experienced farmers and gardeners in our Good Food Commons; hear from thought leader panelists about the future of our agricultural system; watch chef demos highlighting local food; and engage with more than 100 farmer, food business, and non-profit exhibitors.
No other event brings together such a wide range of farmers, food entrepreneurs, food policy stakeholders, sustainable agriculture visionaries, and community members all in one place. Our offerings will continue to be at the forefront of the Good Food movement, and our event will continue to be an important part of growing the sustainable agriculture community in Chicago and beyond!
Our robust Exhibit Hall is a huge attraction to the thousands of Saturday Festival and Friday Trade attendees. We look for farmers, businesses, and organizations that support the Good Food movement and will showcase their amazing work and products.
Why you should exhibit at the Good Food Festival & Conference
Demand for sustainably produced food is rising fast, creating the hottest segment in the food industry both nationally and in Illinois.
The Good Food Festival & Conference is packed with values-driven consumers who want to meet you and
buy locally grown and crafted products.
The Good Food Festival & Conference is the premier event of the year for family farmers, artisanal producers, and NGOs working to build sustainable, local food systems.
You benefit from a dynamic marketing, public relations, and outreach team dedicated to driving extensive
awareness and press coverage of the Good Food Festival & Conference and participating exhibitors.
Social networking for the event is provided on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that help spread the word
and promote your business.
Exhibitors receive year-round promotion through the Good Food Festival & Conference website, festival
directory and FamilyFarmed.org newsletter.
Exposure to more than 4,500 trade buyers, local food businesses, and values-minded consumers.
A Good Food Movement Leader and Innovator
FamilyFarmed is a national leader in building the Good Food movement and developing regional, sustainable food systems. Its annual Good Food Festival & Conference - America’s longest-running sustainable and local food trade show - brings together key stakeholders to be inspired and do business. FamilyFarmed has been instrumental in the launch and growth of numerous Good Food businesses, and its Wholesale Success technical assistance manual has been used to train thousands of farmers in the economics and food safety imperatives of today’s Good Food market.