Celebrity cook, talk show host and author Rachael Ray has hosted an annual event in Austin, Texas during SXSW for the past nine years, curating a selection of bands, culinary creations and drinks. This summer, the Rachael Ray Feedback festival will make its way to cities across the country and one of its first stops will be at the Lincoln Park Zoo on June 25.
Just like Ray's events in Austin, the Chicago edition of the Feedback festival will feature some of the cook's favorite musicians, paired with plenty of food, beer and wine. Confirmed main stage artists include singer-songwriter Grace Potter and soul outfit Lee Fields and the Expressions—more acts, including a selection of local performers, will be announced at a later date.
Of course, food and drink will be available for purchase at the event, though admission includes a few complimentary items. The $49.50 general admission ticket includes two tasting items, a $69.50 bundle gives attendees two tasting items and two beverages and a limited number of $299 passes offer unlimited food and drink, as well as access to a private viewing area. Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, March 25 at 10am CT.
Ray's culinary event fills a void in Chicago's summer festival calendar, after the recent announcement that the Chicago Food + Wine Festival (which debuted in Lincoln Park in 2015) will not be returning in 2016.