Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties Northwest Illinois
Ideas to help you have a heart healthy Memorial Day will be presented byMarilyn Csernus, Nutrition & Wellness Educator from University of Illinois Extension,at Polo Public Library, 302 West Mason Street, Polo on Thursday, May 16th from6:00 – 7:00 pm. The class will include a cooking demonstration as well as recipesand ideas for healthier eating. For more information call 815-946-2713.Seating is limited; registration is required.
The Dixon Tourism Board is sponsoring a Taste of our Town event on Wed., July 17th starting at 5:30. Taste of Our Town is a progressive dinner which will highlight some of the restaurants unique to Dixon. It will start at Crystal Cork with appetizers by Touch of Thai then head to Ginkgo Tree Cafe for a special summer garden salad and then on to a 3 course Entree at The Next Picture Show prepared by Timber Creek, Salamandra's Restaurant and the Galena Steak House. You will cap the evening off with Torte Cake by Baker's Street Bakery. This event is $40 per person and is a great opportunity to really get a Taste of Dixon so call The Dixon Welcome Center for reservations for the Taste of Dixon event - 815-284-3496.
Sunday the 10th starting at 2pm the Iron Horse Social Club will hold a wine tasting where they will have wine from local wineries for you to taste and enjoy by the glass or bottle. The "Catfish Dogs" acoustic band will provide live music starting at 4pm. Follow them on FB!
Sample what the local restaurants in Carroll County have to offer at the Taste of Carroll County when the restaurants gather at the Lake Carroll Clubhouse on Wednesday, March 9th from 6-8 pm. They invite you to enjoy drink specials & cocktails in the house bar while enjoying samples and receive menu handouts. A $5.00 entry fee gives you access to all vendors and their samples so bring your appetite, friends and family to have a Carroll County style food experience!
Silver Moon Winery’s Spring Reawakening is SATURDAY APRIL 2nd at NOON!
Finally! Our days have more light and are a bit warmer and we have turned the corner from winter to spring. We have begun pruning in the vineyard and on April 2nd our Tasting Room will reawaken for the 2016 Season. Please join us as we celebrate!
We've got some great new ideas that we'll be sharing with you including some new recipes using our oils, balsamic vinegar's and wines and more. We look forward to seeing you and catching up as we begin this new season which promises to be our best and most fun yet! Our hours for April & May are Saturday noon to 5pm and Sunday noon to 3pm. Check out our website and be sure to follow us on FB - https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Moon-Winery-357739907319/?fref=nf Silver Moon Winery - 21305 Zier Rd, Lanark, Illinois (815) 493-6888http://www.silvermoonwineryinc.com/
The Oregon Spring Wine Tasting Event will be held Sat, May 7th from 5-8 pm at the Oak Lane of Oregon Banquet facility located at 3261 Daysville Rd in Oregon. Enjoy specialty wines, crafts beers and savory appetizers in a beautiful setting. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling the Chamber office at 815-732-2100.
The Morrison Farmer’s Market will open for the season on May 21st, and bring you lots of wonderful products – from both new & returning vendors! On opening day you will find a great selection of bedding plants, perennials, hanging flower baskets, early season vegetables, baked goods, beauty products, and one-of-a-kind gifts made by our local artisans. The Market will run every Saturday from 8-11 am until Sept 24th.
In celebration of opening day, visitors to the market receive a free market bag, courtesy of Farmers National Bank. The Whiteside County Master Gardeners will be on hand sharing their knowledge about growing and preparing Kale. If you are interested in being a vendor on opening day or any Saturday, please call 815-772-4874 or 815-772-2018.
Morrison Farmer’s Market 8-11am www.morrisonfarmersmarket.com
The Lanark Farmer's Market kicks off their season on Tuesday, June 7th from 3-6pm and will continue every Tuesday until October 25th. Products include fresh produce, honey, bakery goods, flowers and plants. The market takes place at the Lanark City Park located at 240 W Claremont St. For more information go to the Lanark Farmers Market Facebook page. The Lanark Farmers Market was established to provide a community gathering place where local food growers, producers and entrepreneurs can sell directly to the consumer. Our goals are to strengthen our food economy for all in our community by promoting locally grown produce and specialty items, thus contributing to economic development as well as social and community building through educational, nutritional, fun and family-friendly activities.
June 11, 5-9 p.m.
The City of Rochelle presents, Ale on Lincoln on Saturday, June 11th from 5-9 pm with all activities taking place in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway in downtown Rochelle.
Ale on Lincoln is a beer tasting, great eats, live music event that will feature fresh brews from the Rockford Brewing Company, delicious kabobs from Ralphies’s BBQ and savory pulled pork by Nick’s BBQ. Entertainment will feature Burn n Bush from 5-7 and Soapstone from 7-9.
Tickets are $10.00 and available at City Hall or by going to this link online - Ale on Lincoln tickets
An Evening Farmers’ Market will be held from 5-8 pm on Wed, July 27 in downtown Morrison. There will be seasonal produce, food, music, baked goods, meat, flowers, artisan products, and more.
The Rolling Hills Progress Center (RHPC) located on Rt 64 in Lanark will be holding their first ever Fall Apple Festival featuring raffles and free, fun activities for the whole family.
Dinner with an apple theme will be available from 4-6 pm with tickets available from RHPC employees. All proceeds go toward providing vocational and activity services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Please check the Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/1750209588586881/
The Dixon Winter Farmers Market will be held on the first and third Saturday, November through April, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Loveland Community House located at 513 W. Second Street, Dixon. It is handicapped accessible.
DWFM began in 2015 as a community of local producers of artisan foods and craft goods. Many are friends from summer farmers’ markets, others join them during the off season. They all band together to continue bringing their products to the very supportive Sauk Valley community during the cold, gray winter months.
The Dixon Winter Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday November 5th and will be held on the first and third Saturday November through April, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Loveland Community House - 513 W. Second Street, Dixon. It is handicapped accessible. For more go to the Dixon Winter Farmers Market FB page
The Volunteer Educators at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton, Illinois, invite the public to attend the first program of the season. The December 7 Wild Winter Wednesdays at the Windmill Cultural Center ([email protected]) will teach visitors how to add spirits to Christmas cooking. The public is invited to gather at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, tea, and refreshments. The program begins at 9:15. The building is accessible to people with disabilities and the program is funded through a grant from the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment (FACE).
Stephanie Godke from the Mississippi River Distillery Company in LeClaire, Iowa, will present "Christmas Recipes." Stephanie has a long and storied career in the food and beverage industry. When she is not inventing new and delicious ways to cook with River Baron Vodka, Stephanie works in the restaurant industry as a consultant helping to bring her expertise to restaurants throughout the Midwest. She teaches cooking classes at the local community college and also provides catering services around the area.
A new feature each week will be the addition of bread for sale by Krumpets Bakery. Guests will be able to purchase bread made with de Immigrant flour at the Windmill Cultural Center. [email protected] are held on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. from December to the end of March. Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Windmill Cultural Center Facebook page or call 815-589-3925.
Saturday, May 13th from 5-8pm the Oregon Chamber spring wine tasting event will be held at Stronghold castle. Join them for an evening of entertainment, top notch wines, craft beers, and appetizers from local restaurants. Tickets are $20 per person. Contact the Oregon chamber office for ticket information.