Be a Food Vendor at Taste of Chicago!

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Deadline extended to Friday, March 1

Taste of Chicago Food VendorBe a part of the world's largest free-admission food festival at the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago taking place July 10-14, 2019, in beautiful Grant Park.

Created by restaurateur Arnie Morton in 1980 to highlight Chicago's restaurants in one location, the Taste of Chicago continues to showcase the diversity of the city's exciting dining scene. In recent years, the event has added Pop-up Participants and Food Trucks and incorporated more cultural elements. The event now features a full schedule of cooking demonstrations, specialty food experiences, local and nationally renowned musical acts, family activities, art installations, dancing and more!

With over a million visitors attending the five day event, Taste of Chicago provides an unprecedented opportunity for participating food vendors to gain exposure for their business. Supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), vendors will benefit from pre-event marketing and extensive publicity and promotion opportunities that can have a positive effect on participants year-round.

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Participant Information:

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5-day Participant

Pop-up (1 or 2 days) Participant

Food Truck Participant


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 Additional Information

5-day Participant Information (PDF)
Quotes from Food Vendors:
"We love being at Taste of Chicago, it’s a wonderful and unique opportunity to promote our restaurant and offer our signature dishes to residents and visitors," said Valencia Green of Lawrence Fisheries. "We took a two-year hiatus to open two new locations and are very pleased with this year’s festival and hope to come back in 2018.”
“We were honored to be part of Taste of Chicago and provide a different perspective to the event by bringing a slice of Parachute to festival-goers,” said Chefs Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute. “Taste is a unique opportunity for a small restaurant to participate in a large scale food festival and we were proud to represent Chicago's culinary community.”
"Taste of Chicago is the greatest opportunity for exposure for our restaurant, not only locally but internationally as well," said Alicia Rocha, Director of Special Services at Texas de Brazil. "We are thrilled to be back after a two year hiatus, nobody does it like the Taste of Chicago."
"Pork & Mindy's was proud to be a part of Taste of Chicago for the first time," says Kevin Corsello, founder of Pork & Mindy's. "We are committed to bringing people together through food, music and art, and there is no better place in Chicago to do that than at the city's signature food festival."
“It’s been a wonderful experience and a pleasure to be here; it’s a big deal for us and we feel lucky to be part of Taste of Chicago” – David Rodriguez, Owner, La Mexicana
“Being able to showcase our locally distilled spirits and taking part in Taste of Chicago for the first time was a wonderful opportunity,” said Tremaine Atkinson, owner and founder of CH Distillery. “we were thrilled to offer residents and visitors a unique experience on Buckingham Fountain Plaza.”
“It's been amazing and we have sold double the amount expected," said Luke Saunders, Founder of Farmer's Fridge. "We are excited to see how people have responded to healthy options at Taste of Chicago."
"We always look forward to being a part of Taste of Chicago," said Chris Bober, owner of Kasia's Deli. "This has been a great festival and we are already excited for next year."

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