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August 5, 2010

Illinois Department Of Agriculture Tent To Feature Free Food

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Eighteen Illinois food companies will give away free samples of their products in the Department of Agriculture Tent at the 2010 Illinois State Fair.

The companies featured will rotate daily, according to Marketing Representative Larry Aldag.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Illinois food companies that don’t have large marketing budgets to introduce their products to thousands of potential customers and build name recognition,” Aldag said.  “Our goal, of course, is to create demand for Illinois food products so grocers will stock more of them on their shelves.”

The participating companies produce a wide variety of products, including homemade noodles, natural and organic candies, chili seasonings, salsas and barbecue sauces.

The companies and the days they are scheduled to sample products follows:

Company                                                                     Date
Afterthought Farm, Owaneco                                   Aug. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Springfield                 Aug. 14, 15, 21
Bridge View Olives, Avon                                          Aug. 21, 22
Central Illinois Events Catering, Elkhart                Aug. 16, 17, 18, 19
La Mexicana, Chicago                                               Aug. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21
Little Barks, Decatur                                                  Aug. 13
M & G Foods (Grandpa G’s), Hamilton                  Aug. 16
Midwest Grocers Supply, Quincy                             Aug. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Oakland Noodle Company, Oakland                      Aug. 13, 14, 15
Pasta Alley, Decatur                                                    Aug. 16, 17, 18, 19
Pease’s Candy, Springfield                                       Aug. 16, 17, 19, 20
Riley’s Seasonings, Inc., Pittsfield                           Aug. 13, 14, 15, 17
Smokin’ Joe Products, Chicago                               Aug. 14, 15, 21
Spice of Life, Decatur                                                  Aug. 13, 15, 20, 21
Trusweets, Prospect Heights                                    Aug. 21
Uncle Joe’s Sauces, Ina                                             Aug. 13, 14
Ying’s Kitchen, Gurnee                                                Aug. 20
Zillion’s Chili Bowl Chili, Springfield                          Aug. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21

Food sampling will occur daily throughout the fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A list of the products to be offered is available by visiting the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing and Promotion on Facebook.  The Department of Agriculture Tent will be located in the Gate 2 area near “Farmer’s Little Helpers,” a new, interactive, children’s exhibit.

The Illinois State Fair is scheduled Aug. 13-22.


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