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Anyone in the biz go to the New England Food Show today?

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Anyone in the biz go to the New England Food Show today?

CapeCodGuy | Mar 10, 2013 05:05 PM

I'm curious on your take if you did. We just got back. It was our first ever (got badges for a possible startup we are considering) The floor was mobbed and difficult to navigate. Lines were very long at most booths who were giving out samples, and it almost seemed like many were there just to pig out on "free" food instead of getting information. There were some terrific gourmet products mixed in with the proverbial pizza rolls. There was some truly excellent products shown. One of our main interests were the various and varied bread bakeries, a few small artisanal bakeries were awesome and we never would have found them otherwise. Likewise with the charcuterie companies. The well know purveyors like D'Artagnan were there, but it was the smaller unknown craft curers that impressed. A few major distributors dominated the larger booth spaces. We were especially impressed with a couple of the Italian importers. The craft beer and spirits booths were so jammed the aisles were tough to navigate. I'm surprised the show planners don't either widen the aisles, or spread out the vendors. And what is with the lack of seating to rest the feet and look over the materials one collects as you go? I'd be curious to hear others impressions.

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