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Local Food Festival at the FamilyFarmed Expo

By Megan Tempest in Food on Mar 15, 2010 4:00PM

Ever contemplated the logistics of raising your own chickens in the city? Or wanted advice on how to enjoy local and organic food without wrecking your budget? If so, last Saturday’s Local Food Festival at UIC Forum, part of the 3-day Family Farmed Expo, was the place to be. The expert-led workshops included topics like “Drinking Farm to Glass”, offering tips on choosing beverages that sustain the community, and “Local and Organic Eating on a Dime”, demonstrating how to eat healthy organic food on a budget. The lively “Backyard Chickens” workshop featured a panel of inspiring chicken keepers sharing secrets to raising urban chickens (a legal practice in Chicago), including choosing the right breed, construction of pen and coop, and appeasing your weary neighbors with fresh eggs.

Also on hand were local chefs, including Gayle Gand, Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, performing cooking demos and an impressive group of local food producers and retailers sampling and selling their products.