Pastoral Celebrates Artisanal Food at French Market

Visitors can sample cheeses from all over the country, like these from cellars at Jasper Hill in Vermont.

For those interested in knowing exactly where their food comes from, Pastoral’s fourth annual Artisan Producer Festival this Saturday, April 12, offers some excellent perspective. The event will be hosted at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St), and will feature over 100 culinary artisans from around the globe, including more than 20 local vendors from the Market itself.


Visitors can expect to sample small foods, beer and spirits while talking to award-winning artisanal producers like Dutch Girl Creamery in Nebraska, Napa Valley’s Forlorn Hope Winery or Chicago businesses like Little Goat Bread or Saigon Sisters. Scheduled events, including cooking demonstrations and discussions on charcuterie and “the art of pairing craft beer with cheese,” will also be occurring throughout the day.


The Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

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