Thousands of the world’s top chefs, food groups, manufacturers and retailers have gathered together in Washington DC last week for the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington DC. The event is North America’s largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages featuring more than 180,000 delicious products on display, the goes through tomorrow and is expected to bring more than 30,000 attendees and exhibitors to the city and create more than $28 million in visitor spending.
With more than 2,400 hundred exhibits, attendees will sample an array of specialty foods from vendors all across the U.S. and more than 80 countries. The Summer Fancy Food Show is a significant international event for DC that showcases new and established specialty food products. Some of the hits of the show and outstanding exhibits are Bada Bing Cherries™,jumbo cherries that are pitted, stem-on and are made with only natural ingredients, grown and processed in the Pacific NW. The Bing cherry, is the most popular fresh cherry sold in the US, and is only available seasonally. Tillen Farms, working with the leading NW Cherry Co-op offers fresh Bing Cherries in juice year round! They are gluten-free, kosher certified and contain no preservatives, no Red Dye #40 and no corn syrup. Tillen Farms’ Tim Metzger noted, “After our natural Maraschinos were received so well by the trade, we wanted a complementary product. The initial response from our customers with the jumbo Bada Bings has been remarkable.” Many have suggested it’s the best tasting cherry ever! Tillen Farms’ Bada Bing Cherries(TM) are packed 6 x 13.5 oz. jars per case with a SRP in the $6.99 range. They will be available to the trade through specialty food distributors this month. Call 212-957-0055.
Spices seem to be the talk of the showwith recent research into culinary trends indicating that consumers are looking for new and distinctive flavor experiences. Vanns Spices Ltdhas been around since 1981 and has attracted attention at their booth with their recent launch of their all-natural and OU certified line of flavors and extracts.”Flavors and extracts are nothing new to the culinary world,” says Mick Whitlock, President of Vanns Spices. “That being said, we recognized a need for better performing and a wider selection of products than typically available.” The new line includes baking standards such as Vanilla Extract, Peppermint Extract and Lemon Extract as well as a number of more unique items including Cinnamon Extract, Cherry Flavor and Black Walnut Flavor. All 12 flavors are available in new 2 oz; size 3 “favorites” are also available in 4 oz.Visit Vanns Spices online at www.vannsspices.com or call 800 583 1693. Contact: Meg Whitlock at 410-944-3888 x 106 or email her at [email protected] for more information.
RUB JOEis an award-winning coffee and spice meat rub. It is a boutique-roasted fair trade coffee from renowned roasters where the bean and spice blend result is an all-natural flavor adventure like nothing else you’ll find in the spice cabinet or on the retail shelf. RUB JOE comes in three varieties, each filler-free and low in sodium. Original tastes as good on a lamb chop or a burger as it does on a New York strip. Decaf Ginger rocks as a rub on a salmon filet or sprinkled on a buttered baguette. Oooh Spicy! adds savory zip to a stir-fry, a baked potato or a chicken breast. The possibilities are endless. For a free taste of RUB JOE, call 877.426.0078 or 203.216.3882, email [email protected]
Now that you’ve marinated and spiced your food it’s time to invite America’s natural born grillers to go green and declare their independence from unhealthy grilling habits. Afire Inchas led the way and has created a special baseball-inspired “sliders” recipe for summer outdoor grilling and barbecue. Afire is recasting the entire outdoor cooking experience — from high-performance coconut charcoal to sustainably harvested grilling planks and all natural gourmet rubs, to the grill itself — in a socially conscious light. “We cater to grillers who demand product innovation with premium performance. Healthy and green are also important. Our products enhance people’s outdoor entertainment experiences. Equally important, people feel good using our products,” said Marlena Chang, Afire founder and CEO. Most consumers buy grilling materials based on habit, taste, and convenience. Afire sees the Fancy Foods event as the perfect opportunity to educate people on the benefits of green grilling. Afire’s goal is to get people to look at the health and environmental costs of gas grilling and traditional charcoal, so they can make an informed decision.
The Fancy Food Show coincided this year with Washington’s new DC Eats – Summer of Food (dceats.org) initiative. The program, aimed at locals and visitors alike, highlights DC’s delicious dining scene with special discounts and deals at restaurants, bars and attractions in the Washington Metro region throughout the summer. The Web site also features food-focused DC itineraries for visiting foodies. Sponsored by Safeway, DC Eats will include in-store events with free popsicles, face painting and appearances by Chef Huda of Pretty and Delicious catering company. Events will be held on July 16, July 23 and August 13.