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Pastoral's 6th Annual Artisan Producer Festival
The Artisan Producer Festival is Almost Here!

Pastoral's 6th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival,  presented by The Specialty Food Association, will take place on Saturday, April 30th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chicago French Market on 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago.

This free event, showcases the talents of local, national and international producers of high quality artisan foods and beverages. APF attendees can sample small-batch food, beer, wine and spirits from over 100 culinary artisans.
As a special addition to this year’s event, the festival will feature a stage show featuring James Beard Nominated Chefs with culinary thought leaders who will be in town for the James Beard Awards Ceremony that weekend. Guests will hear notable chefs speak about their approach to sourcing product and their appreciation of artisan producers, including:
  • Tory Miller - 2012 James Beard Best Chef, Midwest Winner
  • Paul Fehribach - Four-time James Beard Best Chef, Great Lakes Award Semifinalist
  • Erling Wu-Bower - Two-time finalist for James Beard Best Chef, Great Lakes
  • Dan Fox - Two-time semifinalist for James Beard Best Chef, Midwest
Pastoral will be accepting a suggested $5 donation at the door.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Purple Asparagus and the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award, a scholarship fund for aspiring cheese professionals.

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Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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

Parking and Transportation

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.

Stage Schedule

11:00am-11:10am, Welcome from Pastoral co-owner/co-founder, Greg O’Neill

11:15am-11:45am, Two-time James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes Finalist Chef Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria Cooking Demonstration with Shepherd’s Way

12:00pm-12:30am, Two-time James Beard Best Chef: Midwest Award Semifinalist Chef Dan Fox of Heritage Tavern Cooking Demonstration with ‘Nduja Artisans Salumeria

12:40pm-12:55pm, Heather Porter Engwall, Director of National Product Communications of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, “The Perfect Wisconsin Bite” with Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves, Underground Meats, and Potter’s Crackers

1:05pm-1:35pm, James Beard 2012 Best Chef: Midwest Award Winner Chef Tory Miller of L’Etoile and Graze Cooking Demonstration with Landmark Creamery

1:50pm-2:20pm, Four-time James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes Award Semifinalist Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones Cooking Demonstration with Capriole Cheese

2:30pm-3:00pm, Sarah Weiner, Executive Director, and Christina Schantz, Managing Director of Programs & Community, of the Good Food Awards, “What IS Good Food?” Panel Discussion featuring Eli Cairo (Co-founder, Olympia Provisions), Mark Overbay (Founder & President, Big Spoon Roasters), and Andy Hatch (Co-Owner, Uplands Cheese Company)

Pastoral's 6th Annual Artisan Producer Festival

Guest List


Alemar Cheese

Avalanche Cheese Co.

Baetje Farms

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese

Capriole Cheese

Columbia Cheese

Consider Bardwell Farm

Cypress Grove Chevre

Essex Street Cheese

The Farm at Doe Run

Hidden Springs Creamery

Holland's Family Cheese

Jasper Hill Farm

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

LaClare Farms

Landmark Creamery

Many Fold Farm

Meadowood Farms

Milton Creamery

Neal's Yard Dairy

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Rogue Creamery

Sartori Company

Saxon Creamery

ShadowBrook Farm's Dutch Girl Creamery

Shepherd's Way Farms

Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids

Uplands Cheese Co.

Vulto Creamery

Vermont Creamery

Widmer's Cheese Cellar

Zingerman's Creamery



Hammer & Tongs

Journeyman Distillery

KOVAL Distillery

Letherbee Distillers


Cana's Feast

Candid Wines

Central City Wine Co.

Field Recordings

Firelands Winery


Girls in the Vineyard

Vine Street Imports

L. Mawby Vineyards

Robert Houde Wines


Ale Syndicate

Artisanal Imports

Half Acre Beer Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Uncle John's Cider Mill

Virtue Cider

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks


Avalanche Cheese Co.

BAVA Brothers

Creminelli Fine Meats

H. Forman & Son

La Quercia Cured Meats

'Nduja Artisans Salumeria

Olympia Provisions

Red Table Meat Co.

Smoking Goose Meatery

Underground Meats


Big Picture Farm

Katherine Anne Confections

Nathan Miller Chocolate

Raaka Chocolate

Whimsical Candy

Gourmet Accompaniments

American Spoon

Ames Farm

Big Spoon Roasters

Cook au Vin

Counter Culture Coffee

Effie's Homemade

Hewn Bakery

La Fournette Bakery

Lemon Bird Preserves


Pear Tree Preserves

Potter's Crackers

Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves

Rishi Tea

Rogers Collection

Participating Chicago French Market Vendors


Aloha Poke Co Beavers Coffee and Donuts Black Dog Gelato City Fresh Da Lobsta 

EJ Sushi Flip Crepes Frietkoten Fumare Klay Oven Kitchen

LilliesQ Little Greek Corner Loop Juice RAW Saigon Sisters

Vanille Vinegusto




Metra Market Vendor


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