Food bloggers should be the ultimate source for food trends, both on the local and international level. It’s not an easy task to accomplish. This includes reading lots and lots of press material, blogs, dining out and keeping notes on what seems to be the latest fad. One way to see where the markets are moving is to check out trade shows.
There are quite a large number of trade shows, but which are worth your while? These are the trade shows that our staff thinks are the best shows for you to attend:
Fancy Food Show: San Francisco – January 20-22, 2013 – I’ll start off with the negatives. This is a huge show, by the end of the show, you’ve lost 5 pounds (this may be a positive for a few of us) and worn down your favorite pair of shoes. It is not “as fancy” as it used to be, but this is certainly the best place to see what’s up-and-coming in the US.
SIAL Paris: Paris – October 21-25, 2012 – The negative, it’s all the way in Paris (again, this could be a positive). This is a huge show with over 5,000 French and international exhibitors. If you don’t see it here, it does not exist.
International Restaurant & Food Service Show: New York – March 4-6, 2013 – The negative, this is not consumer driven, so it can be boring if you’re not into back of the house. The positive, you can get a glimpse into exactly what trends will be happening with restaurants, caterers, and goes on at the same time as the New York Wine Expo.
Vinexpo: Bordeaux – June 16-20, 2013– The negatives, this one is open to wine/spirit trade only. The positives, if you can get in, you will taste some of the best wines and spirits in the world. This is not a cheap show for suppliers to participate in, so they make it count.
LAFS: Cancun, November 5-7, 2012 – The negative: it’s in Cancun…so basically you’re stuck in hotel restaurants for the duration. The positive: get to see the amazing products Latin America is focusing on. The diversity is simply awe inspiring.