Good Food Festival & Conference at UIC, March 19-21

The Good Food Festival & Conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago on March 19-21 is excited to offer a student discount! The conference houses the biggest trade show in the country for local, sustainable food businesses and is the perfect place to network with potential employers, learn about different aspects of the food system, and find your place in the growing Good Food movement!

Those considering starting a food business someday should attend Thursday’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. This day features high-profile figures such as Rick Bayless of the Frontera foods empire; Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods Market’s Midwest region; and Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship and innovation. The welcoming panel will discuss funding and investing in the Good Food economy and nine competitively selected entrepreneurial food and farm businesses will pitch investors live in another session.

Those interested in policy, farming and meeting with producers should join Friday as the conference continues with Trade Day. The Good Food Trade track features food industry experts and information for buyers, sellers, and others in the local and sustainable food marketplace. The Food Policy Conference includes sessions and networking aimed at raising the profile of the Good Food movement and gaining new allies at the government policy-making level. The School Food Conference’s panels focus on how to expand farm-to-school programs so more children have healthier and tastier food served to them. The Producer track has discussions of issues aimed at farmers seeking opportunity and growth in the Good Food sector. The centerpiece of the day’s event is the Trade Show with more than 100 exhibitors, where students can make valuable contacts with producers, buyers, and innovators as they launch their careers.

Saturday’s Good Food Festival is also full of exciting programming and micro-workshops to pique the interest of all good food lovers. From composting to preserving to chef demos, there will be plenty of food for thought. 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.

The student discount for Thursday and Friday’s programming is $45 total. Tickets to the Saturday festival are $10 online for students and non-students. Buy tickets online and save:

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