San Francisco, California is a food-lovers paradise. This city by the bay launches and closes restaurants faster than a chicken lays eggs. In fact, it is commonly accepted in the food business that a new restaurant is more likely to fail than succeed.
What keeps foodies coming back to San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show
So what keeps foodies coming back to San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show like moths to the flame? It’s all about what’s new and what’s next in the gourmet food industry. What are the latest food trends in the business?
As a travel writer who enjoys dining out and writing restaurant reviews, I can tell you that the San Francisco restaurant scene is exploding with food carts and trucks. How can foodies track down these food trucks? Often times you’ll be able to follow street food vendors using Twitter.
Specialty food trends
What are some other top specialty food trends from 2010 according to the editors of Foodspring? Rumor has it that San Francisco-based Chronicle Books will publish a High Times Cannabis Cookbook in the near future.
A-List chefs give back
• Food trucks 2.0
• D-List celebrities pitch pistachios, including Snooki and Rod Blagojevich
• Sea buckthorn berries
• iPad menu apps
• Mandatory calorie listings on menus
• Food deserts
• Death of Oldways founder K. Dun Gifford
• Umami in a paste
• Hyperlocal food production
• Solar-powered food trucks
• 97 Orchard Street: An Edible History
• High Times Cannabis Cookbook
• Child Nutrition Act
Fancy Food Show Facts
This trade-only event is where buyers from the top names in specialty food retailing come looking for next year’s hot product and trends. Now in its 36th year, the Winter Fancy Food Show is the largest marketplace for specialty food on the West Coast. 80,000 products are slated for display by 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries. Sorry, the Fancy Food Show is for members of the specialty food trade and media only.
Additionally, Food Fete takes place on Monday, January 17 in the evening. Again, my apologies, this is an invitation-only press event that connects gourmet food and beverage products with food and lifestyle journalists and bloggers.
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If You Go:
San Francisco Fancy Food Show, January 16-18, 2011
George Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA
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Article and photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown