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Specialty Food Trade Shows

Upcoming Dates & Locations for Specialty Food Trade Shows


Have you ever wondered how your favorite gourmet purveyor discovers such wonderful specialty foods? Chances are good that many were first sighted at a food industry trade show.

Here's an overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows. Most are open only to members of the trade; if you're a specialty food manufacturer, buyer, or retailer, you'll want to mark your calendar with these can't-miss events.


1. Natural Products Expo

What: Ranked among the top 200 trade shows in the U.S., the Natural Products Expo showcases natural gourmet, healthy, and organic products. 

When & Where:
Natural Products Expo East
September 21 — 24, 2011
Baltimore Convention
Baltimore, MD

Natural Products Expo West
March 8 — 11, 2012
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Open to the Public? No

2. The Chocolate Show New York

What: The largest show in the U.S. devoted exclusively to chocolate, The Chocolate Show New York features over 65 fine chocolate companies, cooking demos, book signings, and even a chocolate-inspired fashion show, with couture designed by teams of chocolatiers and fashion designers.

When & Where:
November 10 — 13, 2011
The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Open to the Public? Yes

3. Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show

What: Targeted to confection retailers, this show is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. Unlike most trade shows, admission and educational seminars are free to members of the trade (there is a charge for exhibitors).

When & Where:
September 11 — 13, 2011
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Open to the Public? No

4. NASFT Fancy Food Show

What: Arguably North America's premier specialty food and beverage trade shows, the NASFT's Fancy Food Shows typically draw over 40,000 attendees, and boast exhibitors from around the world. Educational seminars, cooking demos, and the annual sofi™ Awards are highlights of the show.

When & Where:
Winter Fancy Food Show
January 15 — 17, 2012
Moscone Center, San Francisco

Summer Fancy Food Show
June 17 — 19, 2012
Washington, DC

Open to the Public? No

5. International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

What: Geared toward restaurateurs, chefs, and members of the foodservice industry, this show includes everything from kitchen equipment and furniture to specialty ingredients, foods and beverages.

When & Where:
March 4 - March 6, 2012
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Open to the Public? No

6. The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

What: Geared toward avid home cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show features celebrity chef presentations, cooking demos, workshops (including some for kids!), tastings, and an exhibit hall.

When & Where:

September 17-18, 2011
Houston, TX

November 5-6, 2011
Washington, DC

Open to the Public? Yes

7. Sweets & Snacks Expo

What: Billing itself as "the largest confectionery, cookie, and snack show in the Americas," the Sweets & Snacks Expo trade show is produced by the National Confectioners Association.

When & Where:
May 22 — 24, 2012
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Open to the Public? No

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