Welcome Exhibitors

2018 Exhibitor Registration Now Open
For pricing and to register, CLICK HERE.

The heart of our Event – the Exhibit floor!

Now in its 14th year, the Good Food EXPO in Chicago has gained national prominence as the annual gathering of industry leaders who are passionate about the benefits of a local, sustainable food system.

Exhibit Friday and Saturday, or just one day. The floor is open from 10am – 5pm each day. Friday’s Good Food Industry Showcase will focus on trade/wholesaler networking & selling. Saturday’s Good Food Marketplace will focus on consumers — the 2017 Festival drew record crowds of 7,000 attendees, and exhibitors reported record product sales! Overflowing with exciting Good Food businesses, non-profit organizations, farmers,and more, this is the place to connect with trade buyers and sell to consumers. In the past, more than a third of our 180-plus exhibitors were farmers! We can’t wait to see what the 2018 growing season will bring!

For pricing information and to register, CLICK HERE.

New for 2018 – Highlighting Illinois Specialty Crop Farmers! Scholarships are available for Illinois Specialty Crop Farmers to exhibit at the Good Food EXPO.The first 20 Illinois Specialty Crop farms to register for exhibit space for Friday only or for both Friday and Saturday can receive $370 off of the regular registration price.(Saturday-only exhibit registration does not qualify for this scholarship.). Please contact FamilyFarmed at james@familyfarmed.org prior to registration.”

Friday, March 23
Good Food Industry Showcase
Saturday, March 24
Good Food Marketplace

The Good Food Industry Showcase brings producers and other stakeholders together with trade buyers for a day of exhibiting, educational programming and networking opportunities.

  • Opening Symposium with national and regional Good Food leaders.
  • Industry Showcase exhibit floor open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • On-Farm Food Safety Training presented by organic farmer Atina Diffley, FamilyFarmed’s lead farmer-trainer.
  • Farmers, distributors, and artisan food producers promote and sell their products to the industry representatives.
  • Lunch will be for sale from vendors on the trade floor in the Good Food Court.
  • Enjoy FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Industry Networking Reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Marketplace features cooking demonstrations by some of America’s finest chefs, workshops, and more than 150 exhibitors who will be displaying and selling their local and artisanal food and farm products.

  • Cooking demonstrations pair local farmers with some of America’s finest chefs, as well as workshops and more than 150 exhibitors of local and artisanal food products and related information.
  • Marketplace exhibit floor open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Good Food for Thought Speakers map the course of this exciting revolution.
  • The Organic Valley Good Food Commons presents a series of DIY-oriented workshops featuring a variety of experts.
  • Meals and treats from some of Chicago’s finest local-food restaurants at the Good Food Court.


Common Questions & Answers

Each Exhibit Includes:
– 6 foot by 8 foot (48 sq.ft.) space
– 6 foot table with tablecloth and two chairs
– Listing in the Show Directory and on the website
– Same-day admission for up to four representatives from your business (see below)

What are the daily hours?
Exhibit setup begins at 7:00am EACH DAY. All displays must be ready and staffed by 10:00am. Attendees want to talk to you so please staff your exhibit the entire day.  Even if you run out of samples, please plan to stay the entire day.  Breakdown begins at 5:00pm.  Exhibitors are NOT to breakdown early.   All items must be removed from the building on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

How many badges do exhibitors receive?
Each exhibitor will receive four (4) badges. They will be placed at your assigned Table the first day you exhibit. Each rep must wear badge when on site. If you have questions please visit the Onsite Registration desk, located inside main entrance of the building on Halsted Street.

Are sales allowed at the Good Food EXPO?
Yes, sales are encouraged.  But please note that exhibitors are required to collect appropriate sales tax. Those exhibitors electing to sell goods and services for delivery at the Good Food EXPO must also obtain an Illinois Business Tax (IBT) number –http://www.revenue.state.il.us/Businesses/register.htm.  If you are planning to sell alcohol, you must contact FamilyFarmed.

Can businesses share one exhibit table?
Yes, more than one business may share an exhibit table.  Only registered exhibitors will be listed in the show directory and on the website. If you will be sharing a space and want both companies to be listed in the show directory/website, please contact FamilyFarmed.  Exhibitors sharing space, but not officially registered, are still required to provide Certificate of Insurance and follow sales tax requirements. Please note that you will not be provided a larger table or space if sharing.  All activity must be performed in the assigned table and space of the registered exhibitor.

Do I need to provide a Certificate of Insurance?
Yes.  All exhibitors are required to provide and keep in force during the show period, including move-in and move-out, General Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming FamilyFarmed, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois as additional insured (see below for addresses). The Exhibitor further understands and agrees that neither FamilyFarmed nor the UIC Forum maintain insurance covering the Exhibitor’s property and it is the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor to obtain such insurance.  All COIs must be emailed in advance to COI@familyfarmed.org.

            The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
            725 W Roosevelt Rd.
            Chicago, IL 60607


            225 W. Hubbard St., Suite 650
            Chicago, IL 60654

When will I know my exhibitor table assignment?
Table assignments along with move-in instructions will be communicated and posted on the Event website in early March.

What are the Move-In, Unloading Requirements?
Once unloaded, all vehicles must be moved away from the dock immediately, so please have a second driver onboard. There are no forklifts available for our use. A limited number of flat carts and hand trucks are available for our use, but bringing your own will likely save you time.

Is electrical service available?
There is an additional charge for electrical service. Electric outlet locations are limited so you must request and pay in advance for this additional service at time of registration.  Make sure to bring your own power strips and extension cords as none are provided nor available by the Event.

Stoves and Cooking
You may use a crockpot, electric skillet, or Sterno to heat food. Gas, propane and other combustible materials are not allowed within the facility.

Sampling and Serving of Food
You may provide free samples of only those products that you produce, process and/or distribute during your regular course of business.  If you are handing out samples, please provide attendees with CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE plates, cups and utensils.  We recommend Onyx, partner of the Good Food EXPO, for your plates, cups and cutlery needs.

Waste & Recycling
Working with the UIC Office of Sustainability and Bright Beat, FamilyFarmed is asking exhibitors to work to reduce / limit the amount of waste produced from this event. Please: consider using reusable crates to carry your items (vs. cardboard boxes), use compostable products, separate your waste into the appropriate marked bins onsite, and donate unserved food, beverages and other excess items through our coordinated donation program.

Terms and Conditions
The Good Food EXPO reserves the right to limit and assign spaces in the best interests of the Event.  FamilyFarmed will not assign exhibitor table numbers until payment has been made in full. By registering and submitting your request to FamilyFarmed, the exhibitor acknowledges, agrees and consents to adhere with set-up instructions as posted on the website: GoodFoodFestivals.com FamilyFarmed’s receipt of any registration is not to be construed as acceptance and approval of registration. It is binding only after the registration is executed by FamilyFarmed at which point no refunds can be made. Exhibitor also agrees to allow FamilyFarmed and any of its media partners to use photography or video taken at the Good Food EXPO.

For Exhibitor questions, please contact FamilyFarmed
James Pirovano | james@familyfarmed.org


2017 Exhibitor List