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Get a taste of local farming at FamilyFarmed Expo’s Local Food Festival

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The FamilyFarmed Expo began today at UIC Forum, bringing together farmers, financiers, locavores and others who share an interest in improving and supporting Midwestern agriculture. While the complete four-day, $350 event may be too intense for most of us, Saturday’s Local Food Festival offers a taste with cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, shopping and more.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door for that portion of the Expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

Events include cooking demos from Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill in River North, Paul Virant of Vie in Western Springs, Paul Kahan of Blackbird in the West Loop, Jo Kaucher and Kim Gracen of the Chicago Diner in Northalsted and Gale Gand of Tru in Streeterville. Other speakers include: Locavore blogger Rob Gardner of The Local Beet, health-food activist Laura Bruzas of Healthy Dining Chicago, Chef Rob Levitt of Mado, Portia Belloc Lowndes of Heritage Prairie Farm in Geneva and Brewmaster Greg Hall of Goose Island Beer.

Farmers and artisan food producers will be on hand to sell their produce and talk about local food. A Local Food Court offers treats from Chicago Diner, Heritage Prairie Farm, Cousin’s and Chicago French Market vendor Chicago Organics.