Over the last couple of weeks the Media Command HQ has sadly announced the postponement of both the NY Luxury Design Fair and the New York International Auto Show and just a short time ago the Specialty Food Association announced the cancellation of the in-person “Summer Fancy Food Show”. Read more down below.
The Press Release:
The Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show 2021, the in-person component of the planned dual Fancy Food Show 2021 and Fancy Food 24/7, has been canceled. Fancy Food 24/7, the digital component of the show, will run as planned from September 27 through October 8.
With the increasing concerns about the Delta variant, it was decided that the in-person component of the show should be canceled for the health and safety of all show participants.
“The Specialty Food Association has been steadfast in creatively supporting our members and our $170.4 billion industry during this incredibly challenging time, and we remain committed to providing opportunities in the safest way possible,” said Bill Lynch, president of the SFA. “While we will miss that special feeling of in-person connections with our industry colleagues, safety remains our number-one priority.”
Exhibitors have the option of a full refund, or a credit for the Winter Fancy Food Show 2022 or the Summer Fancy Food Show 2022. All pre-registered attendees will receive a full refund and retain access to Fancy Food 24/7, which will feature domestic and international specialty food and beverage exhibitors and educational programming.
Plans for the Winter Fancy Food Show, which is scheduled for January 16-18 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, remain in place.
About the Specialty Food Association:
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is the leading trade association and source of information about the $170.4 billion specialty food industry. Founded in 1952 in New York City, the SFA represents importers, retailers, distributors, brokers, and others in the trade. The SFA is known for its Fancy Food Shows; the sofi™ Awards, which honor excellence in specialty food and beverage; Trendspotter Panel Show reports and annual predictions; the State of the Specialty Food Industry Report; the Product Marketplace, featuring specialty foods and beverages in 161 categories and sub-categories; Infinite Aisle, a new ecommerce marketplace that enables SFA Members to make buyer-maker connections and sales year-round; Specialty Food LIVE!™, a digital marketplace event; and SFA Feed, the daily source for news, trends and new product information in the specialty food industry.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Though this is indeed a shame the news doesn’t come as all that much of a surprise considering the Auto Show was cancelled along with the Luxury Design Fair since they were running in close timeframe to this large-scale event what would have food to sample everywhere. At the time of the news I was still hammering out the details to attend for “The Chronicles” and all our social media accounts and well, that is that. The virtual events are lost on me but I do plan on reaching out to some of the favorites that we’ve met across the years and if you want to spend a little more time here on the website, please enjoy our historical Summer Fancy Food Show content from the three years that we attended as part of the Foodie Press (click HERE for the rundown). What do you readers think about this news if you are a diehard foodie? Sure this event isn’t open to the public but a lot of you keep tabs on this stuff to fill yourselves with delicious. I’d love to hear from you so chime in down below. I will close up now and say please stay safe, wear a mask and get vaccinated. I’d like to have a normal like again sometime.