Evanston to host art, food festival

Jennifer Ball, Assistant City Editor

Evanston will host a festival featuring artwork and food from local residents and restaurants this weekend to explore city culture.

The event, called the “Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival,” will take place from Friday to Sunday in downtown Evanston on Sherman Avenue between Clark and Davis streets and will include live music, food and artwork.

“This is the first time Evanston is putting on the festival,” said Lindsey Galassini, the director of event production for Amdur Productions, an arts festival production company. “The city has expressed its excitement and is in full support of the effort. We wanted to do (the festival) once school was back in session, so students could attend.”

On Saturday and Sunday, about 130 artists will have booths to feature their artwork, according to the festival’s website. The showcased artwork will be available for purchase and will range from traditional mediums such as photography, painting and sculpture to handmade jewelry, home accessories and furniture.

Food, wine and beer will be supplied from multiple Evanston restaurants, including Farmhouse, That Little Mexican Cafe, Real Urban Barbecue and The Stained Glass. Various bands, including an 80s cover band, will perform live over the course of the three-day festival.

The event will also include an Instagram contest and a photo booth.

The production company, Amdur, has hosted many festivals in the Midwest, including the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Gold Coast Art Fair and Port Clinton Art Festival.

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