Food agenda: Vinexpo

This week's highlight is the 30th annual Vinexpo gathering in Bordeaux, France, where about 50,000 oenophiles will gather to hobnob among fellow wine-lovers and taste the latest offerings. Also happening this week in Aspen, their annual Food and Wine Classic that draws big-kitchen chefs like José Andrés, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud.

Institute of Food Technologists Food Expo
June 11 -14
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

It's a gathering of food scientists, suppliers and marketers who are on the forefront of the next food trends and innovations. The food expo includes Innovation Awards and Trends and Solution tours. Winners of last year's Innovation Awards included Caravan Ingredients which invented a new zero trans fat alternative for frying oils, margarines and salad dressings.

29th annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen
June 17 - 19
Aspen, Colorado, USA

A culinary festival that invites the public to mingle with the gastronomic glitterati, watch celebrity chefs show off their cooking chops in live demos and sample the latest food trends and wine tastings against the backdrop of Aspen, Colorado. Chef speakers include José Andrés, recently named Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jacques Pépin.

30th annual Vinexpo: International Wine and Spirits Exhibition
June 19 - 23
Bordeaux, France

One of the most important trade events for the wine industry, Vinexpo attracts 46,000 attendees from 135 countries to the show which acts as a launchpad for new products and where trends are identified. New this year is "Tastings by Vinexpo," where two designated areas will showcase high-profile tastings and professional presentations.


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21st annual Food Taipei
June 22 - 25
Taipei, Taiwan

Many industry players have used Food Taipei to launch their products into the Taiwanese market, as the trade show attracts 4,500 international visitors and more than 40,000 local visitors. Exhibitors range from everything from fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, meats, health foods, baked goods, wine and liquor to condiments and confectionary.

World Tea Expo
June 24 - June 26
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

A trade event seeped in all things tea, the World Tea Expo is expected to attract 6,000 attendees and 220 exhibitors this year. In addition to workshops on how to cook with tea, the event will also feature a Tea Infusion Challenge to determine the best 'Infusionist' - a competition akin to crowning the best coffee barista. Competitors will be evaluated on their product knowledge, brewing skills and talents.

41st annual World Peashooting Championship
July 9
Witcham, UK

This year marks the 41st anniversary of this hallowed pea event, whereby participants don Viking hats and break out their trusty laser and telescopic shooters to hit their target and vie for the crown of World Peashooting Champion. The event has drawn competitors from the US, Scandinavia, France, Spain, New Zealand and Holland, and is held in conjunction with the Village Fair.

Summer Fancy Food Show
July 10 -12
Washington, DC, USA

As the largest specialty food and beverage event, the Fancy Food Show features 180,000 gourmet items ranging from confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic and natural  products. Winners of the 39th annual sofi Awards Competition, which recognizes the most outstanding foods of the year, will also be announced during the three-day show by celebrity and Iron Chef Cat Cora. More than 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and 24,000 attendees are expected.