Sunday Shankari and Rajesh we nice enough to give me a ride to San Francisco so we could attend the Fancy Food Show. We were going to attend the show both Sunday and Monday. I had been to the show a few years ago and it seemed to me that we went through the whole show in a couple of hours so I was a little skeptical about whether we would really need two days. We did, we probably could have used three days. The Fancy Food Show was held at Moscone Center in the North and South halls. In the South Hall held all the vendors from different countries and their products while the North Hall was Natural and Organic. I'm not sure if there was another wing we missed but at this show I didn't see any new appliances or cooking gadgets.
It seems the newest trends are gluten free products, natural and organic, bacon, truffles and teas.
Sunday we covered the South hall, all different countries, France, England, Canada etc. Canada had mostly Indian products so we got a lot of samples of Indian food products and saw a lot of spice vendors. Shankari had long talks with the spice vendors and it was fun having her and Rajesh's input on the flavors of the packets and jars of sauces. Most I thought were pretty good. Of course there was India also which if I remember correctly was mostly spices. Scotland had one vendor who was giving samples of scotch so you know that was a popular booth. They also had a bar that was like a breakfast bar or energy bar but it was good. I really didn't pay much attention to it, just picked up a little sample because it looked like it was dry and bland.
I wish I knew what it was called, it was good more like a shortbread than a granola bar. I just wasn't in the mood to go back to find out what it was called. The scotch they were serving was also very good. Corsica also had an interesting booth with beers one made from chestnuts and the other was like a wheat beer, both were very good. Peru had Pisco.. a pisco straight up or they also had a pisco sour and also a fruit drink made with purple corn and fruit juices. Of course there were the American beer distributors too. There were cheeses from every country, teas, chocolates, sauces, pickles, meats, barbecue sauces, rubs, popcorns, chips, olives, pastries, yogurt, salts, spices, I can go on and on. We sampled our way through the building from about 11:30 until they began to close the lights. We were tired and in a food coma. Plus we had bags and bags of products from the vendors.. you definitely need to take baggies to store the unwrapped cookies, crackers and candies. A couple of the funnier products was a hangover remedy, Coffee capsules-4 capsules were equal to a cup of coffee and the Fartless beans..a Chili bean making kit.
I took a few pictures but the rule was no pictures of the vendors but most were pretty accommodating though a few were very much against it.
Sunday we hit the North Hall. We didn't get there until about 1:oo pm but then we we weren't in the mood to eat too much more, besides we had a dinner to go to that evening. The hall had all natural and organic food, teas, yogurts, juices, lots of gluten free products. honey. dog biscuits. We only saw one vendor who had kitchen gadgets, Shankari asked if the items were for sale but he said someone bought the whole display. The highlight of the day was getting to meet Tyler Florence. He had a booth that was presenting his sauces and rubs. Sunday was the national debut of his products which he said would be widely distributed in markets across the country. He was very personable and talked and shook hands with everyone and personally served each person his samples. As I was talking to him Curtis Stone from the cooking show Take Home Chef came by to say hello to Tyler. So that kind of put an end to our conversation. I have to say Curtis Stone was not very personable..didn't say hello or even crack a smile at any of the people who recognized him. I went to get Shankari and she had Rajesh take a picture of us with Tyler. After that we were pretty much done. We did a quick walk through the rest of the building but we had seen as much teas, cheeses, chocolates and any other foods as we could take. It was fun but we were overloaded with products once again. It was a fun weekend and I will put it on my calendar for next year.