Food, glorious food! The recent summer Fancy Food Show in NY is only a memory, and my huge assortment of samples have been eaten or given away. For you foodies who are wondering what’s new in food, listen up. The Specialty Food Association is a community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952, the trade association provides members with tools, knowledge and connections to nurture their companies. The Specialty Food Association produces the Fancy Food Show and presents the sofi Awards (big winner was Pipcorn) to honor excellence in specialty foods. The trends at the FFS predict what we’ll find next on store shelves and included the latest of beverages and sauces, chocolates and cheeses, cocktail mixers and condiments from 2,600 specialty food companies representing 50 countries. In its 61st year, there were over 22,000 attendees. We’re seeing more foods that are organic, gluten free, non GMO, Paleo, Kosher, and Halal. Top trends included ultra spicy condiments, flavored gazpachos, beets in unexpected places, booze infused products like maple syrup, booze from the Port Morris Distillery, fermented foods, popcorn, and coconut everywhere. Chef Rachel Weston and I will share some of our favorite foods from the show (Sin in a Tin for me). After the show, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
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