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 07

    NASFT Fancy Food Show30

    Fancy Food Show
    Specialty Food Association

    What: Arguably North America's premier specialty food and beverage trade shows, the NASFT's Fancy Food Show 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.

    Winter Fancy Food Show
    Moscone Center, San Francisco

    Summer Fancy Food Show
    Javits Center, New York

    Open to the Public? No

  • 02 of 07

    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.

    The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

    Open to the Public? Yes

  • 03 of 07

    Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show

    National Candy Show

     Philadelphia National Candy Show

    What: Targeted to confection retailers, the Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet 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).

    The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA

    Open to the Public? No

  • 04 of 07

    The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

    MetroCooking DC

    The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment 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.

    Washington, DC

    Open to the Public? Yes

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  • 05 of 07

    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:
    McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

    Open to the Public? No

  • 06 of 07

    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. 

    Baltimore Convention
    Baltimore, MD

    Open to the Public? No

  • 07 of 07

    International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

    Restaurant Show New York

     International Restaurant and Foodservice Show

    What: Geared toward restaurateurs, chefs, and members of the foodservice industry, the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York includes everything from kitchen equipment and furniture to specialty ingredients, foods, and beverages.

    When & Where:
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    New York, NY

    Open to the Public? No