The Bard abides in Bloomington – and on the farm

The Bard abides in Bloomington - and on the farm
A performance of Shakespeare in Love at the 2018 Illinois Shakespeare Festival. © Steve Smedley/Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, now in its 42nd year, has partnered with Epiphany Farms to offer dinner and show packages.

Theatergoers can choose from three different options that include a meal for two at an Epiphany Farms restaurant (Epiphany Farms, Bakery & Pickle and Anju Above that are all in Bloomington or Old Bank Restaurant & Bar in Le Roy) and two tickets to a same-day performance at the Festival.

Packages are priced as low as $100, and in addition, a “Bard Bus” will be offered June 29 and July 20 with transportation from and to Peoria, a tour of the Epiphany Farms Estate in Downs, a four-course tasting menu at the flagship restaurant on Front Street and a ticket to the Festival performance at the Ewing Theatre in Bloomington that evening.

The plays this season include As You Like It, Pride and Prejudice (which, right, is not actually by Shakespeare) and Caesar, and they are on from June 27 through August 10.

Chefarmer and CEO of Epiphany Ken Myszka said, “Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group is excited to partner with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival to make Bloomington ‘the’ destination this summer! A perfect cultural pairing of farm-to-table regenerative dining and classic professional Shakespeare right here in Central Illinois!”

Illinois Shakespeare Festival is the professional theater at Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts.