Food Agenda: MAD Foodcamp and Food and Drinks Asia
Saturday 27 August 2011
New York Times story published this week credited René Redzepi, chef of Copenhagen restaurant Noma, with launching a new culinary trend they called the 'Nordic invasion.' Redzepi hosts an inaugural MAD FoodCamp vegetable festival in Copenhagen this weekend, which is attracting celebrity chefs like David Chang and Andoni Aduriz. It's also drawing disciples in the same way El Bulli did. Also this week, the 15th annual Food and Drinks show in the Philipppines, which includes a Mixology and Flairtending Cup. The show attracted 28,500 attendees last year.
International Food Blogger Conference
New Orleans, LA, USA
The International Food Blogger Conference emphasizes food, writing, and technology. At this year's New Orleans conference, Robin Goldstein, food and wine critic and founder of the Center for Sensory Perception and Behavioral Economics at the Culinary Institute of America, will be the featured speaker. Goldstein is also a regular contributing writer to The New York Times' Freakonomics blog and has authored nine books.
7th Annual Gluten Free Expo
The two-day event is devoted to gluten-free products and sessions on the science behind gluten intolerance, cooking-without-gluten classes and tips to create a healthy gluten-free diet. The 7th annual Gluten Free Expo is free and hosted by the Coeliac Society of NSW Inc and The Clever Event Company.
MAD Foodcamp Festival
René Redzepi, chef of Noma - voted the world's best restaurant by members of Restaurant magazine's academy - will be organizing a vegetable festival in Copenhagen that pays homage to wild, edible plant life, which features prominently in his restaurant's dishes. Known for foraging for his own greens, Redzepi also plans to set up the largest food market in Northern Europe as part of the festival. The word 'mad' in Danish means 'food.' David Chang, celebrity chef of Momofuku in New York, and food writer Harold McGee are also slated to speak at a chef's symposium on ecology. Tickets are 130 DKK or about €17.
15th annual Food and Drinks Asia
An international exposition on specialty foods, delicatessen, confectionary, beverages, beers, wine and spirits, highlights at this year's expo include a Mixology and Flairtending Cup and a chef's showdown. Last year, the show attracted 28,500 attendees.
12th annual Specialty and Fine Food Fair
September 4 to 6
More than 600 suppliers of local and artisan fine foods will gather at the 12th edition of the Specialty and Fine Food Fair, 40 percent of which will be new exhibitors this year. A live Specialty Chocolate demo will also take place for the first time this year, featuring new techniques, flavor ideas and tastings from pastry chefs and chocolatiers.
Restaurant and Bar Hong Kong
This trade show is chock full of competitions and awards, including the House Wine Awards, which recognizes local restaurants that take care in choosing quality house wines, international beer awards, the Hong Kong barista championship, and wine by the glass awards. Last year, the event attracted more than 11,000 visitors.
Between the New Products Zone, which showcases the latest and most innovative products on the market, a VitaTrends section that provides insight into the latest trends in nutrition, and a networking session, Vitafoods Asia is considered the trade event of the year in Asia for nutraceutical professionals to hobnob.
3rd annual Le Grand Fooding
September 17 and September 23-25
New York, NY, USA
The first installment of Le Grand Fooding in New York is the Campfire Session, a one-day event that aims to explore the relationship between music and food. A beef and chive salad by Basque chef Inaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand in Paris, for instance, is paired with DJ James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Le Grand Fooding is a spin-off of the French gastronomy group Le Fooding. The second installment of Le Grand fooding plays on a French surrealist technique called Exquisite Corpse in which artists collaborate on a painting with their own contributions. For 52 hours, 12 rotating chefs will build a menu each taking an ingredient from the previous chef's meal. The cast of chefs are some of the hottest in the world, including Corey Lee of Benu, Sat Bains of Sat Bains in the UK, Massimo Bottura of Italy and Armand Arnal of La Chassagnette in France.
International Dairy Show
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
New at this year's show is an Innovations Awards that will recognize excellence in innovation and technology. Categories include food safety, ingredient, flavoring and additives, sustainability and packaging. The trade show also sheds light on trends in the dairy industry. This year's featured speaker is Karl Rove, former senior political advisor to former US president George W. Bush. Another theme this year is the global water scarcity and "what dairy companies need to know."
Tous au Restaurant
Spearheaded by celebrity French chef Alain Ducasse, the week-long dining event allows people with more modest budgets to score a seat at celebrated establishments - including Michelin-starred eateries across France - for a fraction of the price. This year, participating restaurants will also offer a second prix fixe - starter, main course and dessert - free with the first purchase.
Natural Products Expo East
September 21 - 24
This year's edition of Natural Products Expo East returns to Baltimore after being held in Boston for three years. More than 1,300 health and beauty products, natural and specialty foods, pet products and supplements will be showcased this year. The keynote address will be given by the New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Pink, who will share new ‘motivation techniques' with attendees. Author, environmentalist and producer Laurie David will also speak about the positive impact adults and kids can have on the planet. Last year, more than 19,300 attendees from 96 countries took in the expo. The event is also co-located with The Organic Summit and Biofach America: All Things Organic.
Though only in its fourth year, Lunch! is an award-winning trade show for the takeout food industry in the UK and attracts independent cafes, coffee shops, sandwich bars, supermarkets and wholesalers. One of the crowd favorites is the Innovation Challenge which shortlists the ten best new products and crowns the winner at the show. It will also be an important show in the run-up to the London Olympic Games next summer which will attract millions of hungry tourists who will be grabbing lunch on the go between races. This year is expected to feature 200 exhibitors.
New York City Wine & Food Festival
September 29 - October 2
New York, NY, USA
This star-studded food show in New York will be the meetingplace for some of the biggest chefs and food personalities around the world. New this year is an inaugural tribute dinner that will pay homage to Jacques Pépin and Prince Robert of Luxembourg. Other festival events include Fried, where TV personalities like Bob Blumer and Tyler Florence get creative with southern fried chicken, and culinary demonstrations by Food Network personalities like Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Paula Deen. All proceeds benefit Food Bank & Share Our Strength. The event is hosted by the Food Network.
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