Good Food EXPO

Fri. Mar 23, 2018 - Sat. Mar 24, 2018
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2018 Exhibitor Pricing:
$975........................Standard (Two Days)
$775........................Standard (One Day)
$470........................Farmer/Nonprofit (Two Days)
$370........................Farmer/Nonprofit (One Day)

Pricing for ADD ON Items:
$400.......................Corner Location
  $75.......................Pipes to Hang Banner Over/Behind Exhibit
  $75.......................Regular Electric (110V / 500W Power Outlet)
$125.......................High Power Electric (110V / 1500W Power Outlet)

New for 2018 - Highlighting Illinois Specialty Crop Farmers! Scholarships are available for Illinois Specialty Crop Farmers to Exhibit at the Good Food EXPO. The first 20 Illinois Specialty Crop farms to register for exhibit space Friday, or Friday/Saturday, (Saturday only exhibit registration does not qualify for this scholarship) can receive $370 off of the regular registration price. Please contact FamilyFarmed at prior to registration.

The Exhibit Floor - the Heart of Our Event!
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the 2018 Good Food EXPO. Below please find answers to common exhibitor questions.  Additional information can be found in the Move-In & Set-Up Instructions

Common Questions & Answers

Each Exhibit Includes:
- 6 foot by 8 foot (48 sq.ft.) space
- 6 foot table with tablecloth and two chairs
- Listing in the Show Directory and on the website
- Same-day admission for up to four representatives from your business (see below)

What are the daily hours?
Exhibit setup begins at 7:00am EACH DAY. All displays must be ready and staffed by 10:00am. Attendees want to talk to you so please staff your exhibit the entire day.  Even if you run out of samples, please plan to stay the entire day.  Breakdown begins at 5:00pm.  Exhibitors are NOT to breakdown early.   All items must be removed from the building on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

How many badges do exhibitors receive?
Each exhibitor will receive four (4) badges. They will be placed at your assigned Table the first day you exhibit. Each rep must wear badge when on site. If you have questions please visit the Onsite Registration desk, located inside main entrance of the building on Halsted Street.

Are sales allowed at the Show?
Yes, sales are encouraged.  But please note that exhibitors are required to collect appropriate sales tax. Those exhibitors electing to sell goods and services for delivery at the Good Food EXPO must also obtain an Illinois Business Tax (IBT) number --  If you are planning to sell alcohol, you must contact FamilyFarmed.

Can businesses share one exhibit table?
Yes, more than one business may share an exhibit table.  Only registered exhibitors will be listed in the show directory and on the website. If you will be sharing a space and want both companies to be listed in the show directory/website, please contact FamilyFarmed.  Exhibitors sharing space, but not officially registered, are still required to provide Certificate of Insurance and follow sales tax requirements. Please note that you will not be provided a larger table or space if sharing.  All activity must be performed in the assigned table and space of the registered exhibitor.

Do I need to provide a Certificate of Insurance?
Yes.  All exhibitors are required to provide and keep in force during the show period, including move-in and move-out, General Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming FamilyFarmed, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois as additional insured (see below for addresses). The Exhibitor further understands and agrees that neither FamilyFarmed nor the UIC Forum maintain insurance covering the Exhibitor's property and it is the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor to obtain such insurance. All COIs must be emailed in advance to

     The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois                 
     725 W Roosevelt Rd.
     Chicago, IL 60607


     225 W. Hubbard St., Suite 650
     Chicago, IL 60654

When will I know my exhibitor table assignment?
Table assignments along with move-in instructions will be communicated and posted on the Event website in early March.

What are the Move-In, Unloading Requirements?
Once unloaded, all vehicles must be moved away from the dock immediately, so please have a second driver onboard. There are no forklifts available for our use. A limited number of flat carts and hand trucks are available for our use, but bringing your own will likely save you time.

Is electrical service available?
There is an additional charge for electrical service. Electric outlet locations are limited so you must request and pay in advance for this additional service at time of registration.  Make sure to bring your own power strips and extension cords as none are provided nor available by the Event. 

Stoves and Cooking
You may use a crockpot, electric skillet, or Sterno to heat food. Gas, propane and other combustible materials are not allowed within the facility.

Sampling and Serving of Food
You may provide free samples of only those products that you produce, process and/or distribute during your regular course of business.  If you are handing out samples, please provide attendees with CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE plates, cups and utensils.  We recommend Onyx, partner of the Good Food EXPO, for your plates, cups and cutlery needs. 

Waste & Recycling

Working with the UIC Office of Sustainability and Bright Beat, FamilyFarmed is asking exhibitors to work to reduce / limit the amount of waste produced from this event. Please: consider using reusable crates to carry your items (vs. cardboard boxes), use compostable products, separate your waste into the appropriate marked bins onsite, and donate unserved food, beverages and other excess items through our coordinated donation program.  

Terms and Conditions
The Good Food EXPO reserves the right to limit and assign spaces in the best interests of the Event.  FamilyFarmed will not assign exhibitor table numbers until payment has been made in full. By registering and submitting your request to FamilyFarmed, the exhibitor acknowledges, agrees and consents to adhere with set-up instructions as posted on the website: FamilyFarmed's receipt of any registration is not to be construed as acceptance and approval of registration. It is binding only after the registration is executed by FamilyFarmed at which point no refunds can be made. Exhibitor also agrees to allow FamilyFarmed and any of its media partners to use photography or video taken at the Good Food EXPO.

For Exhibitor questions, please contact Amber at, 773.425.4264.




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UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60608
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