Visiting The Best Of The Gourmet Exhibitions
Gourmet Exhibitions has been around for many years, they have become an industry built upon itself. This is a niche industry with its own industry standard and lingo. There are so many terms and acronyms involved it would take a book to explain them all. I will give you a quick guide to the main parts of any type of fancy food show and where you can find information on next year’s expo.
First we have the location. The most popular fancy food show locations are New York and London. These are mainly the two places that get most of the fancy food event business and the shows themselves are usually industry specific so the food at the event is always top of the line stuff. The London and New York shows are a lot bigger but both are also world famous and you will find many chefs making appearances at the events.
Second we have the sponsors. Some companies just like giving out free stuff and the Gourmet Exhibitions are no different. From pens and pencils to chocolate truffles and chocolate covered strawberries and cream cheese balls, name it and they have it. Dibruno is sponsoring the London and New York fancy food show and so are Perricone and other big players in the gourmet world. Dibruno brothers are also sponsoring the Emilia-Romagna exhibition in Emilia Romagna, which is located near Venice.
Third we have the vendors. The vendors are the ones selling the food at the events, usually from a stall or table. There are many suppliers and distributors of food at the shows including such big name brands as Miele, Palm and, Baume & Mercier, Gevalia, Veggietto and Smuckers. There are also plenty of small shops and restaurants that sell a variety of foods from the Gourmet Exhibitions.
Fourth we have the guests. If you are a visitor to the Gourmet Exhibitions in London or the San Diego, or the Galveston, or the Tampa Bay area, chances are that you will find yourself among a crowd of food lovers. Some of the visitors may even be looking for a place to eat, although that is not always the case. There are usually large open air markets where everyone can hawk their wares for sale and maybe one or two of them will have what you are looking for. If you want to eat, however, there are enough restaurants and cafes along the main drag where you can get great tasting food at reasonable prices.
A visit to the Gourmet Exhibitions is an experience like no other. London, San Diego, New York and other areas host food show for a number of reasons, but one of the major reasons is that these shows are drawing large numbers of people who love to eat, and who love to show it off. The atmosphere is intimate and festive and you can feel that you are taking part in a very big social occasion. I have been to the Gourmet Exhibitions in London twice and while I was there I also saw a talk show on British television which featured one of the chefs who won the prestigious “Apprentice” TV show, as well as the owners of one of the most successful food franchises in America, and their passion for cooking and their restaurant.