The Festival Is Back!

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Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and the Chicago French Market are proud to announce the 5th Annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs.  Each year we are blown away by the support and enthusiasm of not just the producers that we and the other Chicago French Market vendors are proud to represent, but by the tremendous turn out by you, our loyal and wonderful customers. See what the festival looked like a few years back!

This year's festival features scores of producers in addition to tastings and demonstrations from a wide variety of your favorite Chicago French Market vendors.

In addition to cheese-makers and mongers from around the world, there will also be producers of beer, wine, and accouterments. You'll meet confectioners, beer and spirit makers from right here in Chicago and around the world.  The event will also feature artisan producers featured at Pastoral’s neighboring Chicago French Market vendors.

Pastoral created its Artisan Producer Festival as part of the company’s mission to make buying and eating great food and wine a fun, inviting and educational experience for everyone. Many of the products featured at Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival are sold in the Midwest exclusively at Pastoral.

Pastoral would like to thank the Chicago French Market for their continued support co-producing this event.  Additional thanks to our presenting sponsor, Specialty Food Association , partner sponsors, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Lagunitas Brewing Company , and supporting sponsor, EuroUSA .  Thank you to our media sponsors, Culture Magazine and Edible Chicago , and to Alliance Paper and FoodService Equipment and Superior Knife for their generous donations. 

Chicagoans and visitors are encouraged to make the weekend of April 25 and April 26 a celebration of food with Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival happening on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Chicago French Market and Cochon 555 happening the next day on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs).


Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Chicago French Market
131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661


Metra will offer an $8 weekend pass, including unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Kids 11 and under ride free.
Parking is available adjacent to Chicago French Market, with entrances at 164 North Canal Street and 165 North Clinton Street. Limited spots available. 

Help Make the Festival Happen!

This FREE to the public event wouldn't be possible without the support of our amazing community of artisan producers and people like you! Sign up to volunteer and get closer at the behind-the-scenes action of the festival plus lots of great perks! Click HERE for more information on how to donate your time.

Check out the list of attending producers this year - Click Here!
See the complete Stage Schedule of demos, panels and more - Click Here!

We look forward to celebrating with you in April!