After a successful 2017 debut, America’s newest curated food trade show returns in April 2018. Designed to give emerging food producers a forum to showcase their bounty, the Vegas Food Expo has grown to 250 brands in a new, larger setting: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino’s 32,000 square foot Paradise Center North.
On April 15 and 16, attendees can taste product and interact with individuals who strive to push food forward. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, up to 250 brands will present to retail buyers, chefs, potential investors, and culinary/hospitality students. New this year is the opportunity to independently purchase tickets to the series of speakers.
While food trends most often find their way to America’s tables from small producers and chefs, getting these flavors and brands into carts is challenging as big food and brand consolidation sometimes elbow innovation from the floors of larger mainstream food shows.
“After our successful first show, we’re excited to introduce more small and innovative companies to a broader audience of retailers, distributors, chefs, media, and investors at this year’s larger show,” said Event Creator Brett Ottolenghi. “Our team hopes to welcome back exhibitors and introduce new ‘on the brink’ brands poised to become top of mind with discriminating consumers.” Vegas Food Expo provides exhibitor packages for small vendors that are all-inclusive and cost-effective. Rounding out the show, in addition to the brand exhibits, will be a speaker series, hosted by Robin Leach, in Westgate’s Cabaret theatre.
The second annual two-day food trade show is designed for small and innovative companies that might not have the budget to present at larger, coastal food shows. This year’s larger curated exhibition will feature up to 250 up-and-coming brands, introducing food producers to attendees ranging from retail buyers, and chefs, to potential investors and allied professionals. Admission is free for buyers, $50 for general admission including the speaker series, and $20 for limited access to the speaker series only. For more information, visit www.vegasfoodexpo.com or call (702) 521-3761.