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Good Food Festival Tickets Now On Sale

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 8, 2013 4:40PM

2013_2_8_GFF.png The Good Food Festival is the best event of the year for anyone interested in sustainability, local eating, butchering, livestock, gardening, fermenting, the environment ... pretty much everything good in the world that involves food. We've learned a lot there in past years (back when it was called the Family Farmed Expo) and tickets are now on sale for this year's installment, which takes place between March 14th and 16th. As part of that weekend, there are a ton of different events you can buy tickets to, so let's dig in!

If you buy tickets in advance (rather than on-site) you get a significant discount. Plus, it may sell out if you're not paying enough attention. The high-ticket item is the $220 all-access pass, which gets you into everything for the entire weekend. What does "everything" entail? Well, the big-ticket item is the Saturday festival, with vendors, cooking demos, food, drink and fun. The festival fills up the UIC forum to the brim, and a stand-alone ticket is a supremely reasonable $10.

For $35, you also get into all the workshops. This is an upsell that is definitely worth the price, as Good Food Festival brings in some of the best speakers from around the nation. Chefs from the Publican will teach you how to make sausages, there are classes on kombucha brewing, pickling, cheese-making and everything else you can think of. The whole schedule isn't settled yet, so don't think that the paucity of the schedule indicates the final project. It'll be worth it. We promise.

If you are a bit more flush with cash, consider buying a ticket to "Localicious" for $75. An insane list of restaurant participants and vendors will be hosting a huge local food party on Friday night before the conference. Meet people, eat some great food and party the night away.

There are more options for wonkier types - the good food financing conference, an urban farm bus tour, a policy summit - and you can check all of those out if you are interested. No matter what you choose, you will have a fun, education weekend filled with local treats.