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5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival

The 5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival (APF), presented by The Specialty Food Association will take place on Saturday, April 25th, 2015, from 11am-3pm at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago), which co-produces the festival with Pastoral. 

Greg O’Neill & Ken Miller, co-owners/co-founders of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, created the APF to showcase the talents of local, national and international producers of high quality artisan foods and beverages. The APF is now one of the largest free events of its kind in the Midwest and honors almost 100 artisan producers who are dedicated to craft food and beverage production.

Stage Lineup

  • 11:00-11:20 Welcome Announcement - Pastoral co-owner / founder Greg O'Neill
  • 11:30-12:00 The Husbandry Culture: Artisan Cheese, Wine, and Cured Meats - presented by Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon555, and Cristiano Creminelli, Owner of Creminelli Fine Meats
  • 12:10-12:25 Unexpected Pairings and Great Tastes: Backyard BBQ Sundaes - presented by Jessica Oloroso, Executive Chef at Black Dog Gelato, with Lillie's Q
  • 12:30-12:45 Farmstead Cheesemaking in Wisconsin - presented by Sara Hill of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board 
  • 1:00-1:15 The Rules and How To Break Them: Pairing Wine and Chocolate - presented by Julie Waterman, Chocolatier and Owner of Indulgence Chocolatiers, and Damien Casten, Owner and Co-founder of Candid Wines
  • 1:30-1:45 The Art of Pairing Craft Beer - presented by Joseph Flores of Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • 1:55-2:05 Grass? You Bet She Likes It!: Grassfarming and Cheesemaking in the South - presented by Rebecca Williams, Lead Cheesemaker, and Ross Williams, Herdsman, Owners of Many Fold Farm
  • 2:20-2:30 What is Raw Food? A Discussion and Demonstration with RAW. - presented by Carole Jones, raw food advocate and owner of RAW.

We hope you will join us for Pastoral's 5th Annual Artisan Producer Festival, featuring the incredible demonstrations and panels above, plus tons of tasting, meeting and fun - all FREE to the public. 

List of attendees for the 5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival:


  • Ale Syndicate 
  • Artisinal Imports 
  • Begyle Brewery 
  • CH Distillery 
  • FEW Spirits 
  • Half Acre Beer Company 
  • Journeyman Distillery 
  • KOVAL Distillery 
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company 
  • Letherbee Distillers 
  • Rhine Hall 
  • Uncle John's Cider Mill


  • Creminelli Fine Meats 
  • H. Forman & Son 
  • Smoking Goose Meatery 
  • Underground Meats 
  • West Loop Salumi


  • Alemar Cheese Co. 
  • Baetje Farms 
  • Capriole Goat Cheese 
  • Carr Valley Cheese 
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill 
  • Clock Shadow Creamery 
  • Columbia Cheese 
  • Consider Bardwell Farm 
  • Cypress Grove Chevre 
  • Essex St. Cheese Co. 
  • Hidden Springs Creamery 
  • Holland’s Family Cheese 
  • Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese 
  • LaClare Family Farm 
  • Many Fold Farm 
  • Marcoot Jersey Creamery 
  • Meadowood Farms 
  • Milton Creamery 
  • Neal's Yard Dairy 
  • Point Reyes Farmstead 
  • Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery 
  • Rogue Creamery 
  • Sartori Cheese 
  • Saxon Creamery 
  • Shadow Brook Farm's Dutch Girl Creamery 
  • Shepherd's Way Farms 
  • Spring Brook Farm 
  • Uplands Cheese Co 
  • Vermont Creamery 
  • Zingerman's Creamery


  • Big Picture Farm 
  • Confection Diva 
  • Indulgence Chocolatiers 
  • Katherine Anne Confections 
  • Salted Caramel 
  • Whimsical Candy


  • American Spoon Foods 
  • Ames Farm 
  • Brooklyn Brine 
  • Cook au Vin 
  • Counter Culture Coffee 
  • Effie's Homemade 
  • La Fournette 
  • Pear Tree Preserves 
  • Potter's Crackers 
  • Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves 
  • Route 11 Potato Chips 
  • Rustic Bakery 
  • Stu's Kitchen


  • Candid Wines 
  • Cultivar Wines 
  • Field Recordings 
  • Firelands Winery 
  • Girls in the Vineyard 
  • L. Mawby Vineyards 
  • Ricci Curbastro 
  • Weszeli

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Comment by Todor Krecu on April 5, 2015 at 8:05am

 Saigon Sisters will be participating in the 5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival and selling their T-Racha Hot Sauce:

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