The Fancy Food Show is one of North America’s premier specialty food & beverage trade events. It is a biannual event that is held every Summer and Winter at locations alternating between the east and west coast of the United States.
This year I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show that was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from 30th June to 2nd July. It was the largest, most diverse food event that I have had the pleasure of attending. There were 2400 specialty food producers of all sizes from the United States and around the globe, exhibiting 180000 products ranging from cheeses and snack foods to beverages and organic produce. I have captured some of my favourite moments from the event in a photo gallery.
I was really excited to see a strong British presence at the show’s Scottish, Welsh and Great British pavilions. It gave me a sense of pride and familiarity to see home-grown food heroes, such as New York Delhi, TeaPigs, Willie’s Cacao Ltd and The Anglesey Sea Salt Company, intermingled with the best fine food producers from around the world.
I was also really impressed by the quality and passion of the American producers that I came across at the event. The presence of a wide variety of products ranging from Massachusetts-made Dresden Stollen and flavourfully fresh Italian-American home style pasta sauces, to Californian olive oil and a plethora of nutrient-dense granolas, showed that these are exciting times in the world of smaller scale American food production.
One of the main highlights of the show was the prestigious 2013 sofi awards ceremony. The sofi’s (specialty outstanding food innovation) are awards that honour and celebrate excellence shown by producers from the specialty food and drink industry. 32 categories are rigorously judged by top industry professionals, and the winner of each category is awarded a coveted Gold award and presented with a distinctive trophy.
The ceremony was a really special, emotional event that gave normally unsung food heroes peer recognition for their hard work, creativity and skills. Here is the imposing red carpeted entrance to the ceremony hall flanked by two giant sofis.