It was a busy weekend for me as I explored two major food shows in San Francisco – the Good Food Awards at the Ferry Building and the major Winter Fancy Food Show in Moscone Center.
The Good Food Awards celebrates the artisan food makers around the country, in fields such as charcuterie, cheese, pickles, chocolates, coffee, oils and jams. Finalists and award winners showcased their products to food lovers at the Ferry Building on Saturday.
I was excited to see Olympic Provisions’ cured meats from Portland, Ore., and one of my favorite bites was an amazing cheese from Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Wisconsin. The Good Food Marketplace expanded this year to space on the upper level of the Ferry Building, where the chocolates, oils and confections were on display.
Saturday’s marketplace always seem dwarfed by the annual Winter Fancy Food Show, a major trade show gathering thousands of food suppliers and connecting them with retailers. While some of the booths featured recognizable brand names, others were newcomers just a few years old hoping to grab some attention.
The endless rows of booths with a variety of samplings filled two exhibition halls at the Moscone Center. From the blur of products I saw, I feel the trends seem to be focused on popcorn, organic fruit sodas, coconut water (not my favorite), beef jerky and everything and anything gluten-free. My favorite bite from the show, which continues until Tuesday, was a partnership between a cheese company and local liquid nitrogen ice cream maker Smitten, who created a blue-cheese ice cream that was creamy and delightful.
The following slideshow is just a glimpse at the exhibitors at both the Good Food Awards and Winter Fancy Food Show.
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