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Illinois Products Expo March 6-7 to feature homemade foods and wine

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[March 02, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- Tasty Illinois-made food products from more than 60 companies are on the menu for the 2010 Illinois Products Expo. And, best of all, samples are free!

HardwareThe 12th annual "Food and Cooking Extravaganza," which also features products from state wineries and agribusinesses, will be March 6-7 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In all, about 80 companies, including 15 new companies, are scheduled to participate.

"The Illinois Products Expo introduces consumers to the great food that is made in our state," said Tom Jennings, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. "Ultimately, the department's goal is to build demand for these Illinois-made products and get grocery stores to stock them on their shelves."


Seven Springfield area grocers continue to do just that. Country Market, County Market, Humphrey's, Schnucks, Shop-N-Save, Meijer and Walmart all have added products featured at the expo to their stores.

The expo's food offerings will include fresh meat products, gourmet seasonings and sauces, homemade jams and jellies, and specialty dressings. Beverages also will be available. Expo visitors can quench their thirst with coffee, soda or a sip of Illinois wine from one of 18 vintners. Wine will be sold by the sample, glass and bottle.

Expo hours will be Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $4. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

There will be drawings for door prizes, including baskets of Illinois food products and a $949 Weber Genesis S-310 gas grill.

A list of the participating food companies, wineries and agribusinesses follows:

(*New participants)

  • Afterthought Farm, Owaneco*

  • Ahruns Famous, Crystal Lake

  • Aleece's Pita Chips, East Peoria

  • American Egg Board, Springfield

  • Aunt Em's Gourmet Popcorn, Deer Creek

  • Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Springfield

  • Booker's Tavern Chilli, Glenarm

  • Butch's Pizza, Morton

  • C & C Fudge, Lincoln

  • Capitol District Dietetic Association, Springfield

  • Central Illinois Event Catering, Elkhart*

  • Chef Dick's Barbecue Sauce, Girard

  • Country Bob, Centralia

  • Country Lights Soy Candles, Leland

  • County Market, Springfield

  • Darn Hot Peppers, Cobden*

  • Davis Bros. Pizza, East Peoria*

  • Doodles Cookies, Aurora*

  • Eagle Bridges Soy Candles, Jacksonville

  • Galena Garlic Co., Galena*

  • Gramp's Gourmet Foods, Scales Mound

  • Green Goose Farms, Charleston

  • Gringo Foods, O'Fallon

  • Healthwise Gourmet Coffees, Deer Park

  • Illinois Association FFA, Springfield

  • Illinois Beef Association, Springfield

  • Illinois Farm Bureau, Bloomington

  • Illinois Food Retailers Association, Lombard

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  • Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Assoc., Springfield
    Participating Illinois wineries:
    • Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass

    • August Hill Winery, Utica

    • Baxter's Winery, Nauvoo

    • Berryville Vineyards, Berryville

    • Collver Family Winery, Barry

    • Fox Creek Vineyards, Olney

    • Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford

    • Hogg Hollow Winery, Golconda

    • Hopewell Winery, Rockport

    • Lasata Wines, Lawrenceville

    • Mackinaw Valley Vineyards, Mackinaw

    • Mary Michelle Winery, Carrollton

    • Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington

    • Prairie State Winery, Genoa

    • Shawnee Winery, Vienna

    • Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa

    • Vahling Vineyards, Stewardson

    • Willett's Winery, Manito

  • Illinois Pork Producers Association, Springfield

  • Illinois Soybean Association, Bloomington

  • Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Bloomington

  • JAVA & Co., Henry*

  • J.D. Mullen Co., Palestine

  • J.K. Marley's, Machesney Park

  • Julie's Corner Store, Lacon

  • Kehe Foods, Romeoville

  • Kitchen Cooked Inc., Farmington

  • La Mexicana, Chicago*

  • Louie's Seasoning Co., Johnston City

  • M & G Foods, Hamilton

  • Mackinaw Valley Apiaries, Mackinaw

  • Meatsmack, Springfield*

  • Midwest Grocers Supply, Quincy

  • Midwest Meats, Pana

  • M.J. Kellner Foodservice, Springfield

  • Niemann Foods, Quincy

  • Oakland Noodle Co., Oakland

  • Onofrio's Classic Sauces, Springfield

  • Pasta Alley, Decatur

  • Pease's Candy, Springfield

  • Pike Angus, Griggsville*

  • Ropp Jersey Cheese, Normal

  • Sasse's Apiary, Chestnut

  • Schnucks Markets, Springfield

  • Shop-N-Save, Springfield

  • Skeff Distributors/Goose Island Brewing, Decatur

  • Smokin' Joe Products, Chicago*

  • Soileau's Seasonings, Middletown

  • Sonoma Farm, Chicago

  • Spice Daddy, Glenview*

  • Spice of Life, Decatur

  • SS Backwards Longhorn Meats, Medora

  • Steidinger Foods, Fairbury

  • The Homestead Bakery, Arthur

  • Toffee Traditions, Lake Forest*

  • Toohill Seed & Beef Service, Heyworth

  • Uncle Joe's Sauces, Ina

  • Voss Pecans, Carlyle

  • Weber Stephen Products Co., Palatine

  • Ying's Kitchen, Gurnee

  • Zillion's Chili Bowl Chili, Springfield*

To learn more about the products to taste at the expo, visit the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Web site at www.agr.state.il.us and click on "Illinois Products Expo."

[Text from Illinois Department of Agriculture file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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