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Fancy Food Show

The Fancy Food Show, produced by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), is the largest specialty food trade show in North America. Established in 1955, the show is now a biannual event that draws exhibitors, retailers, chefs, restaurateurs, food distributors, and media from around the world.

The Winter Fancy Food Show takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in January. Per NASFT statistics, the show typically attracts over 1,300 exhibitors from 50 countries, who collectively display some 80,000 specialty foods and beverages. That bounty, coupled with the show's timing at the beginning of the year, makes it a prime spot for culinary trend spotting.

The Summer Fancy Food Show, which takes place in July, is even larger: the 2010 show boasted a sold out exhibit floor with 2,500 exhibitors from 81 countries. Over 24,000 attendees made the rounds to view, taste, and buy from the overwhelming selection of 180,000 specialty foods and beverages on display.

In addition to the specialty food exhibit hall, both shows feature over 20 educational seminars.

The NASFT also mobilizes exhibitor donations, coordinates volunteers, and partners with local anti-hunger organizations to direct thousands of pounds of food left at the end each show to the needy.

Location:

New York, USA

Click here to read more on the United States of America (the hosting country).

Sources:

Official website:

http://www.specialtyfood.com

Other resources:

http://gourmetfood.about.com/od/specialtyfoods/a/fancyfoodshow.htm

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