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PrairieFest Eats to be Featured on Cooking Channel Show

Jun 05, 2014 12:44PM ● Published by Steven Jack

PrairieFest photo courtesy of the PrairieFest Facebook page.

Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame these days; and if you show up to Oswego's PrairieFest next week, you just might get yours.

A new Cooking Channel show called Carnival Eats (formerly known as Midway Munchies) will film at the festival on Thursday and Friday of next week, said Kristie Vest, Oswegoland Park District special events supervisor.

Producers and host Noah Cappe will spend part of the day Thursday filming with different food vendors at the festival and all day Friday filming and talking with festival guests.

Vest compared Carnival Eats to Food Network favorite Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in that the host spends time helping vendors prepare their signature dish. Which food vendors producers choose to film hasn't been decided yet, but Vest said the show is geared toward more regional favorites.

Landing the show has been a two-month process with PrairieFest surviving several rounds of cuts to make it onto the show's itinerary, Vest said. The show is being filmed in Portland this week and will head to Lockport's Old Canal Days after PrairieFest.

PrairieFest is the biggest summer festival in Kendall County, and exposure on the show will only widen its reach to a more regional audience, Vest said.

"We’ve always felt this was a community festival, and we've always focused on that," she said.  "But the fact that we're growing it outside of that is great." 

The show, which premiers in August, will be shown locally on both the Cooking Channel and GAC.

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