GFFC16-webbanner-300x250 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. A fast-rising number of people, in the Chicago area and across the country, participate in the Good Food movement in their own ways.  Buying local, sustainable food.  Dining at farm-to-table restaurants.  Growing their own food.  Building and investing in sustainable farm and food businesses.  And influencing policymakers to support a healthier, more environmentally conscious, and tastier food system. The Good Food Festival & Conference at Chicago’s UIC Forum, brings it all together, in a celebration of the Good Food movement.  Join us for an all new Good Food Festival & Conference March 24 – 26, 2016! Good Food Festival & Conference Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016 Time: 10:00am-5:00pm Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608 Prices: Saturday Festival, $10 in advance, $15 at the door (additional workshop and trade days range from $20-150 in advance) goodfoodfestivals.com Celebrate Local, Sustainable, Humane and Fair Food The Good Food Festival is a family-friendly day of speakers, DIY workshops, chef demos featuring Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, the interactive Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner and more, all designed to grow the Good Food movement. The Organic Valley Good Food Commons offers micro-workshops on everything from backyard chickens to composting tips; the Urban Farm Bus Tour visits four local urban agriculture sites; and you can sample and shop from local farms and food producers at the Good Food Marketplace. Learn more Financing and Innovation Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Time: 8:30am-6:00pm Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608 Price:  $95 ($45 for a student pass) goodfoodfestivals.com Interested in investing in new food businesses? Want to pitch your idea to investors? Join us at the Financing & Innovation Conference and help food and farm businesses gain access to capital. Learn more Trade/Policy/Schools Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 Time:  Full program information coming soon Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608 Price:  $45 goodfoodfestivals.com Farmers, producers, schools, industry, and policy stakeholders meet to access new markets, increase local sourcing, and discuss new policy developments. The Good Food Industry Showcase has featured more than 150 sustainable food exhibitors! Learn more