“It’s like Trick or Treat!” exclaimed Karen as she placed a sample of artisanal chocolate into her bulging shopping bag. Karen is our graduate intern/social media consultant and she accompanied us to the Fancy Food Show last week. It was really fun to see the show through her very enthusiastic eyes, and we especially enjoyed watching her alarmed expression as she tasted a very strong espresso at the Italian Pavilion!
I agree with Karen’s Halloween analogy. I always feel like a kid when I attend the show. Row after row of exhibitors showcasing the finest gourmet food products is a dream come true to a foodie. Olive oils, spices, salts, chocolates, coffees, teas, vinegars, chutneys, cheeses, wines, candies, the list goes on and on. As an attendee, the best strategy is to grab a shopping bag for samples and pace yourself. There is only so much tasting you can do in a day!
I cannot tell you how much fun it is to take in the sights and sounds of this show each year. The show, sponsored by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, is open to the trade only. It features more than 180,000 foods and beverages, has more than 2400 exhibitors from 77 countries, and about 24,000 attendees.
As you might imagine, it’s a bit overwhelming, but we do our best to cover as much ground as possible. We like to check out the new products and trends, and of course we pay close attention to the food photography. This year we noticed lots of flavored grilling sauces and spice blends, gluten-free foods, whole-grain crackers, and tea, tea, tea! Watch for upcoming posts on some of the more intriguing new products and recipes we discovered. We can’t wait to share them with you!
Here is a photo by our team alacartepartners that shows a sampling of what we found at the food show.