If there were such a thing as a Disneyland for foodies, it would be the Fancy Food Show. Here, among the 2,300 or so exhibitors lining the aisles at the Javits Center in New York, food fans feast on thousands of meats, cheeses, chocolates, coffees, syrups, sauces, and crackers, as well as niche-interest goods (like Blair's Smoked "World's Hottest" Jolokia Chili), and products that blur the line between categories (Banana-Split Blueberry Syrup anyone?).
The sheer quantity of products overwhelms the senses. This is a sea of vendors positioned one after another in neat, never-ending rows. Guests, mostly in the food biz, snatch samples off tables, snacking as they walk and talk and cut business deals.
Esther Sung and I did our best to try all the new foods over the course of the three-day event, which ended yesterday. These are items that have just come out or will be coming out soon. Many are looking for distribution. Some have not yet finalized packaging. So consider this aRead More »from Best of the 2009 Summer Fancy Food Show