FMS MUST SEE: Summer Fancy Food Show
Now that I decided that I wanted to document my foodie moments, I took it upon myself to look up events that would let me in to eat all of the food and then write about it. I mean how awesome is that? And why haven't I been doing this all along? Well sometimes you need a little push and that's what this blog is all about.
Last month I went to the Summer Fancy Food Show at Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I randomly found it on a google search for foodie centered events in my local area. I applied for a press pass and surprisingly got in. Surprised because my blog is not yet a toddler so I wasn't sure. When I was approved, I started receiving emails from quite a few places that wanted me to check out their booths at the show. I wasn't committing to anything because I had no idea what I was in for in attending this event.
A little about the fancy food show from their website:
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.
My initial plan was to go on a Sunday when I had no plans. Unfortunately (didn't know that it would be a mistake then), I didn't make it until the last day, after work. I arrived at the event at 2 pm and it ended at 4 pm. I came in with an empty belly and a plan to get in as much as possible. I didn't know what I was getting into. It wasn't that I was overwhelmed, but it was a lot. I didn't even realize that I had only seen a quarter of the show until it was time for me to leave. I didn't even know their was a second level until I reached the final exit. I was only on one half of the floor, and if you've ever been to Javits or any convention center, you know that you're missing A LOT. The event lasted for three days and I think that you have to attend everyday in order to see everything.
Even though I missed most of it, I enjoyed the items that I did try and was mostly disappointed that I didn't bring extra bags and/or a shopping cart. I came home with a bounty of free goodies and I will never make the mistake of going on the last day.
Below you will find all of the items that I remembered to take a picture of (hey I'm new to this...and also had my hands full).