Six area companies taking part in food samples event

SPRINGFIELD — Want to sample a vast array of foods from Illinois?

You'll get a chance this weekend at the Illinois Products Expo, scheduled Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Fifty-four Illinois food companies — including six from East Central Illinois — will give away samples of their products at the expo, now in its 14th year.

Area companies taking part: Crowridge Farm Ice Cream, Elliott; Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount; Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Fithian; Oakland Noodle Co., Oakland; ReMARKable Caramels, Danville; and The Homestead Bakery, Arthur.

The expo, which uses the theme "Food and Cooking Extravaganza," also features Illinois-made wines and agriculture-based products such as soy candles.

Many of the food offerings can be purchased to take home and will include fresh meat products, gourmet seasonings and sauces, homemade jams and jellies and specialty dressings, according to a release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Expo visitors will have wines from 19 vintners and beer from two breweries to choose from. While the food samples are free, there is a charge for the drinks.

Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, with children 10 and younger admitted free.

Drawings will be held for door prizes, including Illinois products gift baskets and a Weber gas grill valued at $849.

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