Chicago Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond
Friday (August 9)
The 58th Annual Ginza Festival
Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Midwest Buddhist Temple in Old Town hosts this large Japanese cultural festival. In addition to artisans, performances, and exhibits, traditional Japanese cuisine is also a festival highlight. Dining options include sushi, udon noodles, teriyaki, and kintoki snow cones. $6. 435 W. Menomonee; event website
Saturday (August 10)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Last year's event drew over 25,000 people, making this suburban festival one of the largest vegetarian events in North America. The food court features over twenty vendors, with items ranging from smoothies to pizza to vegan corn dogs to stir fry. Over twenty food product vendors will also be on hand, and there is a stage devoted to food demonstrations. Free. 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd, Naperville; event website
Slagel Family Farms and Lula Café Farm Dinner
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Take a bus to Slagel Family Farms for a butchering demonstration where you will learn how to break down a hog. Then take a tour of the farm, where you can gather eggs and hold baby piglets. Finally, enjoy an on-site dinner prepared by Chef Jason Hammel of Lula Café. The event is BYOB. $125. Bus from 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd; event website
Sunday (August 11)
Street Food Artistry Fest
Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m.
The menu for the third annual food and art fest includes Puffs of Doom, Dia De Los Tamales, Baby Cakes, and Curried. Proceeds from the event go towards a grant for creative entrepreneurs. $10. 1029 W. 35th.; event website
Hot Dog Fest
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This inaugural event hosted by the Chicago History Museum features more than eight hot dog varieties and discussion of hot dog history and culture. The first 100 guests will receive eight free food and drink tickets. Free. 1601 N. Clark; event website
Tuesday (August 13)
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie Release
Grab your copy of this cookbook by Chicago's most beloved pie shop, available around town. The book includes 124 recipes and valuable tips for making a range of pie types. Book details
Wednesday (August 14)
Chicago Cubs Cook-Off for Cancer
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is hosting this inaugural fundraising event for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Bear Hugs Program, Family Reach Foundation, and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The featured chefs include Giuseppe Tentori, Jimmy Bannos Sr., Cosmo Goss, and Tony Priolo. $200. 2021 N. Stockton; event website