This past week Amelia, Adam and I were able to experience the wonder that is the Summer Fancy Food Show. For those of you not in a food-related industry, you may not even know that the Fancy Food Show exists. The Fancy Food Show is North America’s largest specialty food and drink convention. Housed in the Washington D.C. Convention Center, this incredible undertaking consists of 4300 different vendors exhibiting 260,000 different products to over 40,000 attendees. For any self-professed foodie, this event is like being a kid in a candy shop, if the candy shop was the size of an airport hangar. Attending the show consists of walking through aisle after aisle of booths full of different businesses offering samples of their wares. It was a great time both to discover new products and to meet the people responsible for the products we already love.
Attending the Fancy Food Show left me exhausted, overwhelmed and completely thrilled. One of the highlights of the show was getting to meet some of the rock stars of the cheese industry. Most notably for all of us was getting to spend a little time with fellows from Neal’s Yard Dairy. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, then you know that we have a pretty serious obsession with any cheese coming from Neal’s Yard (see this post, this post, this post). Everyone was extremely friendly and we were able to ask questions to the people who know these products better than anyone in the world. All of us left the show excited about our current products and ready to introduce our customers to some incredible new specialty foods.
Be sure to keep an eye out for these products-
Adam: I made a connection with a new distributor that is doing some cool charcuterie and cheese stuff. Also, look for selections from celebrated affineurs Jean D’Alos and Joeseph Paccard (link is in French).
Amelia: I fell in love with Lark’s Fine Foods Salted Rosemary Shortbread, and their Whole Grain Ladybird oatmeal cookies won Gold at this year’s show. We might even go crazy and get their Coco Locos- buttery coconut cookies with a touch of rum.
Caitlin: I discovered a new tea! Ajiri Tea buys tea in Kenya and employs local women to handcraft their stunning packaging. And 100% of their profits goes towards orphan education. As a bonus, the tea is pretty tasty!