Specialty Food Trade Shows

Upcoming Dates & Locations for Specialty Food Trade Shows

Have you ever wondered how your favorite gourmet purveyor discovers such wonderful specialty foods? Chances are good that many were first sighted at a food industry trade show.

Here's an overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows. Most are open only to members of the trade; if you're a specialty food manufacturer, buyer, or retailer, you'll want to mark your calendar with these can't-miss events.

  • 01 of 06

    NASFT Fancy Food Show30

    Fancy Food Show
    Fancy Food Show. Specialty Food Association

    What: Arguably North America's premier specialty food and beverage trade shows, the NASFT's Fancy Food Shows typically draw over 40,000 attendees, and boast exhibitors from around the world. Educational seminars, cooking demos, and the annual sofi™ Awards are highlights of the show.

    When & Where:
    Winter Fancy Food Show
    January 17-19, 2016
    Moscone Center, San Francisco

    Summer Fancy Food Show
    June 26-28, 2016
    Javits Center, New York

    Open to the Public? No

  • 02 of 06

    The Big Chocolate Show New York

    The Big Chocolate Show NYC
    The Big Chocolate Show.

    What: The largest show in the U.S. devoted exclusively to chocolate, The Chocolate Show New York features over 65 fine chocolate companies, cooking demos, chocolate pairing classes with champagne, wine, and liquors.  You can also attend workshops on painting with chocolate and cocoa cosmetics.

    When & Where:
    OCTOBER 7-9, 2016

    The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

    Open to the Public? Yes

  • 03 of 06

    Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show

    National Candy Show
    Philadelphia National Candy Show.

    What: Targeted to confection retailers, this show is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. Unlike most trade shows, admission and educational seminars are free to members of the trade (there is a charge for exhibitors).

    When & Where:
    September 11 — 13, 2016
    Atlantic City Convention Center
    Atlantic City, NJ

    Open to the Public? No

  • 04 of 06

    The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

    DC Metro Food Show
    Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.

    What: Geared toward avid home cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show features celebrity chef presentations, cooking demos, workshops (including some for kids!), tastings, and an exhibit hall.

    When & Where:

    September 17-18, 2011
    Houston, TX

    December 3-4, 2016
    Washington, DC

    Open to the Public? Yes

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  • 05 of 06

    Sweets & Snacks Expo

    Sweets and Snacks Expo
    Sweets & Snacks Expo.

    What: Billing itself as "the largest confectionery, cookie, and snack show in the Americas," the Sweets & Snacks Expo trade show is produced by the National Confectioners Association.

    When & Where:
    May 24-26, 2016
    McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

    Open to the Public? No

  • 06 of 06

    Natural Products Expo

    specialty food show
    Natural Products Association.

    What: Ranked among the top 200 trade shows in the U.S., the Natural Products Expo showcases natural gourmet, healthy, and organic products. 

    When & Where:
    Natural Products Expo East
    September 22-24, 2016
    Baltimore Convention
    Baltimore, MD

    Natural Products Expo West
    March 8-12, 2017
    Anaheim Convention Center
    Anaheim, CA

    Open to the Public? No