Illinois Products Expo To Feature Homemade Foods And Wines

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(ENEWSPF)–February 28, 2011.  Tasty, Illinois-made food products from more than 80 companies are on the menu for the 2011 Illinois Products Expo.  And, best of all, samples are free!

The 13th annual “Food and Cooking Extravaganza,” which also features products from state wineries and agribusinesses, will be held March 5-6 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“The Illinois Products Expo introduces consumers to the great food and products that are made right here in the Land of Lincoln,” Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said.  “Ultimately, the department’s goal is to build demand for these Illinois-made products and get grocery stores to stock them on their shelves.”

Five Springfield area grocers have done just that.  Country Market, County Market, Humphrey’s, Schnucks and Shop-N-Save all have added products featured at the Expo to their stores.

The Expo’s food offerings will include fresh meat products, 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 to purchase.  Beverages will also be available – Expo visitors can quench their thirst with coffee, soda or a sip of Illinois wine from one of 18 vintners.  Wine will be sold by the sample, glass and bottle.  Visitors also can purchase numerous flavors of Goose Island beer.

Expo hours are Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5.  Children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

Drawings will be held for door prizes, including baskets of Illinois food products and a Weber Genesis S-310 LP gas grill (retail value $999).

A list of the participating food companies, wineries and agribusinesses follows.  New participants are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Afterthought Farm, Owaneco
Ahruns Famous, Inc., Crystal Lake
American Egg Board, Spfld
Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Spfld
Bridge View Olives, Avon
Butch’s Pizza, Morton
Capital District Dietetic Assn., Spfld
Central Illinois Event Catering, Elkhart
Country Lights Soy Candles, Leland
Davis Bros. Pizza, East Peoria
Devil’s Breath Chile Company, Broughton *
Dishoom Foods, Inc., Chgo *
Eagle Bridges Soy Candles, Jacksonville & Griggsville
Galena Garlic Co., Galena
Goose Island Brewing Company, Chgo/
Skeff Distributing Company, Decatur
Gramp’s Gourmet Foods, Inc., Scales Mound
Healthwise Gourmet Coffees LLC, Deer Park
IL FFA, Spfld
IL Beef Assn., Spfld
IL Grape Growers & Vintners Assn., Spfld
Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass
August Hill Winery, Utica
Baxter’s Vineyards, Nauvoo
Berryville Vineyards, Claremont
Collver Family Winery, Barry
Fox Creek Vineyards, Olney
Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford
Hopewell Winery, Rockport
Illinois River Winery, Utica
Lasata Wines, Lawrenceville
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw
Mary Michelle Winery, Carrollton
Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington
Shawnee Winery, Vienna
Sleepy Creek Vineyard, Fairmount
Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa
Vahling Vineyards, Stewardson
Willett’s Winery & Cellar, Manito
IL Pork Producers Assn., Spfld
IL Soybean Assn., Bloomington/
Nat’l Soybean Research Lab, Spfld *
IL Specialty Growers Assn., Bloomington
IL State Beekeepers Assn., Spfld
JAVA & Company Small Batch Recipes, Henry
J.D. Mullen Co., Palestine
Jimmy B’s Super Salsa, Spfld *
Jones Boys Market, Ashland *
Julie’s Corner Store, Lacon
Kitchen Cooked, Inc., Farmington
La Mexicana, Chgo
Lizard’s Creations, Mt. Zion *
Louie’s Seasoning Co., Johnston City
M & G Foods (Gramps G’s Brand), Hamilton
Mackinaw Valley Apiaries, Inc., Mackinaw
Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Greenville *
Meatsmack, Chatham
Midwest Grocers Supply LLC, Quincy
Oakland Noodle Company, Oakland
Onofrio’s Classic Sauces, Spfld
Pasta Alley, Decatur
Pease’s Candy, Spfld
Red Barn Desserts, Greenview *
Ropp Jersey Cheese, Normal
Sasse’s Apiary, Chestnut
Smokin’ Joe Products LLC, Chgo
Sonoma Farm, Chicago Heights
Spice Daddy, Inc., Glenview
Spice of Life, Decatur
SS Backwards Longhorn Meats, Medora
Steidinger Foods, Fairbury
Tallgrass Prairie Farms, Petersburg *
The Homestead Bakery, Arthur
Toohill Seed & Beef Service, Heyworth
Uncle Joe’s Sauces LLC, Ina
Voss Pecans, Carlyle
Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Caledonia *
Ying’s Kitchen, Inc., Gurnee
Zillion’s Chili Bowl Chili Seasoning, Spfld
To learn more about the products to taste at the Expo, visit the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s website at and click on “Illinois Products Expo.”