Date:NOVEMBER 6, 2016
1 to 4 p.m. at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie

Sample the amazing diversity of Chicago’s authentic ethnic restaurants, from home cooking to street food, at a one-of-a-kind gathering, with beer, wine and traditional dance performances

Chicago has a wealth of traditional restaurants from all over the world, which you’ll hardly ever see at the food and wine festivals in our city. Even neighborhood festivals rarely showcase the true flavors of those neighborhoods. But, that all changes on Sunday, November 6 with the first Strange Foods Chicago Festival. More than 15 local restaurants will offer tastes of their authentically-made cuisines from all over the world at this festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Lao-born Keng Sisavath, who is a prominent local Instagrammer under the handle #Strangefoodschicago, together with the help of Jed Swartz, also an Instagrammer as #Chicagofoodevents. Part of the proceeds will go to  benefit Feed My Starving Children, a Schaumburg-based charity which brings food and educational programs to countries all over the globe.

Though the name is Strange Foods Chicago Festival, it’s not just about eating weird things—these are the traditional foods that families prepare and eat in these cultures. At the same time, they aren’t going to be tamed for western palates. “It’s one place where the restaurants won’t have to be afraid to serve really strong flavors, because the guests, they know what they’re coming for.” – Sisavath

Tickets include unlimited tastings as well as beer and wine. There will also be performances by traditional dance troupes. For more information about tickets, go to

Participating restaurants will include:

Immm Rice and Beyond (Northen Thailand)

Bites Asian Tapas (Asian Fusion)

Saigon Bistro (Vietnam)

Serai (Malaysia)

Tanuki (Japan)

J51 Smile (China)

Snow Dragon (Taiwan)

Jarabe Mexican Street Food

El Carrito Mexican Street Food

HoneyDoe (Syria)

Shokran (Morocco)

Aha Crepes(China)

Somethin’ Sweet Doughnuts (Cambodia)

Infinite US (juice bar)



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