This week: the sold-out International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) ends on August 29, Eataly opens in New York on August 31 and wine fans drink and tweet about Cabernet on September 2.
International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC)
Seattle, Washington, USA
IFBC is sold out, a common trend in food blogging events, however there is a waiting list. The program is devoted to food, writing and technology with a special session with gastronomic scientist and author of the highly anticipated most expensive molecular gastronomy how-to book Modern Cuisine: the Art and Science of Cooking, Nathan Myhrvold. Plus sessions addressing specifics of the blog craft including The Art of Recipe Writing, Food Writing with All Five Senses, Law & Ethics in Blogging and Pitch to Publish. http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2010
New York, New York, USA
Turin's Eataly, a slow food Italian market with artisanal foods, opens in New York City with six distinct new restaurants devoted solely to meat, fish, pasta and pizza, vegetables, a panino bar and a brewery-gastropub. The mega center, located at the Toy Building (200 Fifth Ave. between 23rd and 24th streets), is the world's largest artisanal Italian food and wine hall and was cooked up by celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, Joe Bastianich and Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly.
Social media guru Rick Bakas at St. Supery Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley, California is the brainchild behind the #Cabernet Day celebration that encourages drinking cabernet and tweeting. This global event has many wineries, shops and restaurants celebrating with special tastings and dinners. Here is a list of events: http://cabernet.eventbrite.com/ and to monitor #Cabernet Day, go to http://www.twitterfall.com and under "All searches" type: #cabernet.
London Specialty & Fine Food Fair
The London Specialty & Fine Food Fair is a trade event where new trends and products in the artisan food and drink market are introduced to delis, retailers, restaurateurs, chefs, hoteliers and distributors. This year the program includes the Specialty Chocolatefair and 40 percent new exhibitors introducing thousands of new bites and sips. Sample and get inspired by new ingredients including ChoCo'a, Goupie and Mummy's Yummys. Attendance is free when you register online in advance, children under the age of 16 are not welcome. http://www.specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk/
Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong 2010
Hong Kong, China?
Asia Pacific's premier fine dining and bar trade exhibition expects 10,000 attendees and doubled the size of the program for 2010. This year's event will launch Exploring Food Science by Disciples Escoffier HK, Gourmet Japan, and the Grand Barista Championship. The "hot brands" being showcased include Nespresso, Blue Girl Beer, Hiang Kie Coffee Group and Canada Beef.
55th Annual Fisheries Technology Conference
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada?
This professional event explores fisheries resources, regulatory issues, marine nutraceuticals and functional foods. Expect to hear news about healthy, green fish options as well as updates on fish oil supplements and health benefits.
Bockerode (Hanover), Germany
The world's largest (30 hectares) and leading international potato expo includes 200 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors interested in potato agribusiness, science and research plus tater-lovers. Day passes are €19, students €10 and children under eight years are free.
Latin American Food Show (LAFS)
The fifth annual LAFS is a key food and drink event for buyers and distributors from around the world to discover new products from all over Latin America. This year's program has three new events including the Sample Hall, the specialized Organic Hall, the Latin American Chef big final.
Joy of Sake
San Francisco, CA, USA
The Joy of Sake is taking the world's finest sakes on tour for its ninth annual event. Over 300 sakes will be showcased and paired with appetizers from local restaurants including a blind tasting with 10 Japanese sake judges. The tour stops in San Francisco on September 9, New York City on September 23 and ends in Tokyo, Japan on November 2. Tickets are $70-80 (€55-63) depending on location. http://www.joyofsake.com
Festival del Prosciutto di Parma
The 13th annual festival is a celebration of the world's best ham made from only Italian pork and a pinch of salt, there are no additives, preservatives or chemicals. Prosciutto lovers are invited via "open doors" into the factories of Parma to learn how Parma ham is made. Prosciutto is produced and delivered to 60 nations worldwide by "164 companies, 5,000 pig farms and 3,000 employees equaling an industry turnover of €1.7 billion."
Café Insecta @ BugFest
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, NC, USA
Local Mexican and Pan-Asian eateries are cooking up "buggy dishes" for the whole family. Children under 16 years old need to be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is recommended. Tickets at $10/€7.80 for a variety of BugFest educational anthropod events, the theme this year is aquatic bugs. http://www.bugfest.org/cafe.htm
Hogatec (International Trade Fair Hotels, Gastronomy, Catering) takes place every two years in conjunction with: InterCool (Frozen Food - Ice Cream - Technology), InterMeat (Meat and Sausage), and InterMopro (Dairy Products). Over 41,500 food industry professionals, visitors and exhibitors are expected to attend sessions highlighting kids' foods, new trends in hotels and breakfast & brunch bites.
Polagra Food and Gastro Trendy 2010
Gastro Trendy introduces a host of new products like Taylor prune extract, Festball gum, Funny Pica lollipops, Vita Tea, goat milk products and artisanal chocolates. Other highlights include the Polish Culinary Cup and the Coffee Olympics. Tickets range from 10-60 PLN (€2.50-15).
http://www.polagra-food.pl and http://www.gastrotrendy.pl
9th China Nutrient & Healthy Food and Organic Products Exposition (CINHOE)
Described as a top trading professional food event co-located with the Guangzhou International Food Expo and Import Food Expo showcasing new green, organic, healthy, functional, "sport nurture" and "medical treatment nutrition" products from all over the world. 300,000 trade visitors are invited to attend free of charge after filling out a registration form.
Whoopie Pie Festival
Hershey Farm, Lancaster, PA, USA
A one-day celebration to honor America's latest dessert trend battling the cupcake with over 100 different flavored whoopie pies plus loads of family fun including whoopie pie checkers, the whoopie yell off and an attempt to build the world's largest whoopie pie.
September 18 - October 4
The 177th celebration of Bavarian beer includes pastries, brats, chicken, pretzels, duck, roller coasters, and over seven million people. If you can't make it to Germany many smaller local events are held all over the world.
International Marine Ingredients Conference
The inaugural event is devoted to edible "marine innovations and developments of bioactive and nutritional ingredients" that includes proteins, peptides, omega-3 oils, phospholipids, biopolymers and minerals. New healthy, sustainable food and technologies are showcased (Novozymes, SeaGarden, Calanus). Registration for the professional event is NOK4,300/€520.
Orlando, FL, USA
InterBev is North America's largest event devoted solely to the beverage industry with a focus on innovation. Expect to see new all sorts of new drinks on your markets' shelves after this expo. The exhibitors range from Coca-Cola to Honest Tea and session address ingredient and industry trends. Registration for members is $395/€308 and $645/€503 for non-members. http://interbev.com/
56th Galway International Oyster Festival 2010
A weekend filled with Guinness & Oysters, live music and entertainment, Best Dressed Lady competition, Street Party in the Latin Quarter, Oyster Pearl competition and the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championships. Tickets are sold per event and range from €75-100.
6th Annual Raw Spirit Festivals
Watson Lake Park near Prescott, AZ, USA
Self-defined as the "World's Leading Raw Vegan-Eco-Peace Celebration" is about raw food delights and eco-living including Qibounding, Essence Yoga plus Synergy in Juicing, and a Doctors panel promoting raw foods healing benefits. A day pass is $40/€31.
The food and wine exposition of India welcomes 100,000 foodies to sample a thousand products ranging from wines, spirits, cheese and chocolates to meats and exotic fruits. This year's free program includes grape crushing, chocolate fashion show, food art, demos and celebrity chef cook-offs. In December the event travels to Mumbai.