The entrance leads around back into the parking lot of the A.N. Pritzker School, where all the booths are set up.
The booths line the parking lot in a big square formation, with communal picnic tables in the center. You can sit down and make new friends with strangers over a lobster roll or a tamale.
First Slice is a not-for-profit kitchen to support those in need in Chicago. They feed the less fortunate and all the money earned from their Pie Cafe goes to the non-profit organization to support their community outreach programs. Everyone deserves a good meal, right?
Bot Bakery doesn't have a storefront, but they do make the rounds at many of the pop-up farmers markets as well as food festivals. Their specialty is vegan gluten-free baked goods. And "Bot?" That's short for robot, because, apparently robots need vegan gluten-free food, too.
Chocolate Twist hails from Riverside, IL, and owner Kate Coffey twists out some handmade caramels, truffles, and marshmallows.
Grown Up Kids Stuff
Grown Up Kids Stuff specializes in chocolate sauces, including ones built with Grand Marnier, chili pepper (habanero and ghost pepper), and more. My favorite is the chocolate and chili combination, even though it's made with the scary ghost pepper. It doesn't hurt...too much.
The Eastman Egg Company
The Eastman Egg Company's food truck made an appearance at last Saturday's Nosh Food Festival serving, you guessed it: egg sandwiches!
Check out some of the festive popcorn from Patti's Popcorn. She makes a lot of different flavors, and the multi-colored ones are fun to look at.
Paulina Meat Market
Chicago's bad-ass meat market made its appearance, selling cheddar brat sliders, steak burgers, and summer sausage chips.
Karl's Craft Soup
By the time I got to the festival, all but one lone container of soup was sold out. There's nothing like a cold gazpacho on a hot summer day.
Robin's Frozen Fantasy
Robin's Frozen Fantasy focuses on the health food market with a different kind of non-dairy ice cream made with hemp milk. Their main flavors are chocolate mint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean.
Vanilla Bean Hemp Milk Ice Cream
This is what vanilla bean hemp milk ice cream looks like. It's that color due to the all natural ingredients involved in making it.
Dia de Los Tamales
Pilsen's Dia De Los Tamales came to visit too, with a special fun offering—check it out in the next slide.
Alligator and Andouille Jambalaya Tamale
Dia De Los Tamales playfully packs their masa with the meat of our favorite toothy reptile—the alligator! It's topped with a healthy zig-zag of remoulade sauce. The alligator tamale is a special creation and isn't on the regular menu, but you can expect this type of playfulness from them on a regular basis.
Chicago Dog House
No food festival is complete without some charred tube steaks, right?
Sadly, the ocean isn't really in walking distance of Chicago. It's not even in reasonable driving distance. So instead, you can enjoy a bit of the sea from Da Lobsta's stand at the weekly Nosh Food Festival, where they'll sell you a $12 lobster roll. $12 for a lobster roll is a steal here in Chicago.
Mixteco Grill made an appearance with their cochinita pibil sandwich, along with some tamales, and huge portions of guacamole.