Illinois Products Expo to feature local foods and wines
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[February 29, 2012]
-- Fifty-four Illinois food companies will give away samples
of their products this weekend at the 14th annual Illinois Products
Expo. The aptly titled "Food and Cooking Extravaganza," which also
features Illinois-made wines and agriculture-based products like soy
candles, will be on Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the
Illinois State Fairgrounds. In all, 77 companies are scheduled to
"The Illinois Products
Expo allows food companies to market their products directly to
consumers," said Bob Flider, acting director of the Illinois
Department of Agriculture. "Events like this are important because
Illinois is one of the largest food processing states in the
country. They not only help create demand for our crops, but also
support jobs in an economically important industry."
Many of the
expo's food offerings can be purchased to take home and will include
fresh meat products, gourmet seasonings and sauces, homemade jams
and jellies, and specialty dressings. Beverages also will be
available. Expo visitors will have wines from 19 vintners and beer
from two breweries to choose from, as well as coffee and soda.
However, while the food samples are free, there is a charge for the
"The floor plan has been reconfigured to make better use of the
available space," expo organizer Larry Aldag said. "The change will
shorten lines and improve everyone's enjoyment of the show."
Expo hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. Children 10 and younger will be
admitted free of charge.
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There will be drawings for door prizes, including Illinois
products gift baskets and a Weber Genesis E-310 LP gas grill (retail
Logan County businesses that will be participating in this year's
event are C & C Fudge of Lincoln,
Central Illinois Event
Catering of Elkhart and
For a list of the participating food companies, wineries and
Illinois Department of
Agriculture file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]