California Has Most Exhibitors at Fancy Food Show

California Has Most Exhibitors at Fancy Food Show

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California Has Most Exhibitors at Fancy Food Show

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Of course you’d expect it, with the Winter Fancy Food Show held in San Francisco—and yes, California has the largest number of exhibitors. There are 320 of them, to be exact. The next largest showing from a state is New York, with 100 exhibitors.

Are there that many entrepreneurs in California?

Apparently, yes. And they are making everything from truffle chevre from Petaluma, açai pomegranate black tea from San Francisco, ancho chili caramels from Los Angeles, and an orange-apple-tomatillo relish from Hollywood.

These California exhibitors are a statewide sampling:

Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods, Berkeley – cured meats

Sauce Goddess, San Diego – marinades and sauces

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Ojai – tea

Viola’s Gourmet Goodies, Los Angeles – sauces and relishes

One Planet Food, Ross – granola

John Kelly Chocolates, Los Angeles – fudge

Vin Tucci, Paso Robles – wine-infused cookies

Krave Jerky, Sonoma – artisanal jerky

Chaparral Gardens, Atascadero – vinegars

In addition, California companies made a strong showing in the 2010 sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year. The awards, presented by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT), owner of the Winter Fancy Food Show, are the top honor in the $63-billion specialty food industry. A complete listing of winners withcompany profiles is at www.foodspring.com/sofiawards.

California sofi Gold winners are:

San Ramon-based Brands of Britain – Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Dave’s Gourmet, Inc. – Masala Marinara

Lucero Olive Oil – Peach Balsamic Vinegar

Manicaretti Italian Food Imports – Olio Verde Extra Virgin Lemon

Poco Dolce – Sesame Toffee Tiles

Sonoma Syrup Co., Inc – Extract Gift Set

“This is the Fancy Food Show’s 36th year in California. The variety of products and the constant innovation shown by our local members is a cornerstone of our Winter Show,” says Ann Daw, president of the NASFT.

Italy leads the international count with 115 exhibitors, followed by Canada with 70.

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