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IDOA-sponsored show to be held this weekend on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Fourteen new exhibitors will be among the 80 Illinois food companies, wineries and agriculture associations that participate in the Illinois Products Expo.  The 16th annual “Food and Cooking Extravaganza” will be held March 1-2 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“Illinois is widely recognized as a leading producer of agricultural commodities, but many may not realize it also is a leading food manufacturer,” Governor Quinn said. “This weekend’s Illinois Products Expo will help grow our share of the marketplace by giving consumers a chance to try great Illinois-made products. From pickled asparagus to pasta, the Expo will help boost awareness of Illinois companies, create demand for our products and support jobs in our food industry.”

Illinois ranks first in the United States in sales of processed food products and fourth in food processing jobs.  The state’s 2,640 food companies employ more than 75,000 workers and boast sales of $181 billion.

“Among the thousands of Expo visitors we’re expecting 75 food buyers,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said.  “Their attendance is important if we’re going to get more Illinois products on store shelves and begin to realize the economic potential of local foods.”

The Expo’s food offerings, which can be sampled for free as well as purchased, will include fresh meat products, candy, gourmet seasonings and sauces, homemade jams and jellies and specialty dressings.  A few non-food items, such as soy candles and agricultural-based soaps and lotions, will be on display and available for purchase, too.

To quench their thirst, Expo visitors will have wines from 20 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 drinks

Expo hours are Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is $5.  Children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

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

Ahruns Famous, Crystal Lake
American Egg Board, Springfield
Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Springfield
Butch’s Pizza, Morton
C & C Fudge, Lincoln
*Chocolate Enrapture, Champaign
Country Lights Soy Candles, Leland
Crowridge Farm Ice Cream, Elliott
Eagle Bridges Soy Candles, Jacksonville
*Flat Branch Farm, Taylorville
Golden Prairie Popcorn, Nokomis
Gramp’s Gourmet Foods, Scales Mound
Hickory Grove Products, Assumption
*Homer Soda Company, Homer
*Hilltop Maple Syrup and Honey Co., Altamont
*Humphrey’s Market, Springfield
Ill. Grape Growers & Vintners Assn., Springfield
Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass
August Hill Winery, Utica
Baxter’s Vineyards, Nauvoo
Berryville Vineyards, Berryville
Collver Family Winery, Barry
Fox Creek Vineyards, Olney
Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford
Hopewell Winery, Rockport
*Kite Hill Vineyard, Carbondale
Lasata Wines, Lawrenceville
Lyn-Nita Vineyards, Elkville
Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington
*Piasa Villa Marie Winery, Maryville
Prairie State Winery, Genoa
Shawnee Winery, Vienna
Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount
Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa
Vahling Vineyards, Stewardson
*Wild Blossom, Chicago
Willett’s Winery & Cellar, Manito
Ill. Association FFA
Ill. Pork Producers Assn., Springfield
Ill. Specialty Growers Assn., Bloomington
Ill. State Beekeepers Assn., Springfield
*Irish Indulgences, Springfield
J.D. Mullen Company, Palestine
Jimmy B’s Super Salsa, Springfield
Jones Boys Market, Ashland
Julie’s Corner Store, Lacon
*La Mexicana, Chicago
Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Fithian
M & G Foods (Grandpa G’s), Hamilton
Meatsmack, Chatham
*Millie’s Chili, Springfield
Oakland Noodle Company, Oakland
Onofrio’s Classic Sauces, Springfield
*Papa’s Midwest Kettle Corn, Chatham
Pasta Alley, Decatur
Perfect Pasta, Addison
*Pigchaser, Inc., Grayslake
Red Cactus, Quincy
Reinneck Ranch, Mascoutah
ReMARKable Caramels, Danville
Rolling Meadows Brewery, Cantrall
Ropp Jersey Cheese, Normal
Sasse’s Apiary, Chestnut
*SenTEAmental Moods, Chicago
Skeff Distributing, Decatur
Smo Diddly’s Pickled Asparagus, Lynn Center
Spice of Life, Decatur
SS Backwards Longhorn Meats, Medora
Steidinger Foods, Fairbury
Sweet Betty Jane’s, Dawson
Sweet Slap’n Salsa Co., Ringwood
The Homestead Bakery, Arthur
Toohill Seed & Beef Service, Heyworth
Turasky Meats, Springfield
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces, McHenry
Uncle Joe’s Sauces, Ina
V Walker Enterprises, Bloomington
Voss Pecans, Carlyle
Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Caledonia
Zillion’s Chili, Springfield

*new exhibitor