Article by Deb Dutta, Executive Editor and CEO, HerbNZest and HerbN Community
The much awaited Summer Fancy Food show will start this Sunday, June 17 at the Convention Center in Washington DC. If you have not purchased your ticket yet, you can register on the NASFT
's website and get $10 off when you use the code SX6 . As the anticipation for the Summer 2012 NASFT Fancy Food Show grows, more and more show-goers are wondering, “How do I get around
?”, “Where should I pick up my morning coffee
?” and “How can I do both without breaking the bank
?” Don’t let the nation’s capital overwhelm you. These simple tools can help you get to the show on time and ready for a full day of aisle-hopping!
Getting to the Show
Washington D.C.’s Metro system is considered to be one of the best in the country. Traveling by train, bus, and foot not only keeps gas costs down for travelers, but also lowers the negative effects that driving has on the environment. The NASFT
website has tips on how to use the rails, buses, and taxis during your stay. The MTA website
is a great resource if you are staying near a metro line. Newer trip planning sites such as Hopstop
also have mobile apps for
convenient door to door directions from origin to destination.
Breakfast Before the Show?
Even though you could technically fill up on delicious samples just by walking the aisles at the Fancy Food Show, if you are visiting DC, you may want to take advantage of the plethora of delicious and affordable dining. Using Urbanspoon website
or their iPhone app, you can quickly search for breakfast cafes in neighborhoods around the convention center to pick up your morning coffee before you head to the Show. The NASFT
website also provides promotions and
discounts on nearby cafes and restaurants!
On-site Child Care and Wheelchair Rentals
Did you know that NASFT has arranged for Child care available on sight
at the convention center? This service is reasonably priced at $10 per child per hour and given that the show does not allow anyone under 18 to walk the show floor, this may be the only option for some parents. In addition, there are wheelchair and scooter rentals available on-site as well.
A few highlights of the National Fancy Food Show include:
- 180,000 specialty foods and beverages
- 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions
sofi™Awards ceremony hosted by José Andrés, the noted chef and culinary innovator
- All-day seminar on how to break into the specialty food business
- A Visual Feast, a new exhibit tracing 60 years of specialty food
- Guided Tastings: Korean Cuisine; Best of DC Farmers Markets; Salt and Pepper; Butter
will be launching its line of multi-culturally influenced artisanal condiments
in Aisle #100 in the New Brands Pavilion. Come say hello to us at our booth and enter to win some fabulous giveaway
to celebrate our debut. We are so excited!
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