New England Food Show Highlights Culinary, Hospitality and Agricultural Riches

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Food Demononstration at SnapChef at NE Food Show

There was excitement in the air – not to mention the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, oven baked bread, or local seafood sizzling on a pan with garlic and butter – at the recent New England Food Show, held at the spacious Boston Convention & Exhibition Center last week.

The annual gathering was a reminder of the robust restaurant, food service and hospitality industry here in Massachusetts, and throughout the region. On the exhibit floor, over 280 companies shared innovative new food and beverage products, demonstrated the latest restaurant equipment technology, and talked with thousands of participants winding their way through the smorgasbord of culinary delights. Cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs and a culinary cook-off brought excitement and glee to the audience.

Governor Charlie Baker was a key note speaker, and he praised the food industry for its commitment to growth and development, and for embracing technological advances. He said that successful communities in Massachusetts, particularly in small cities and towns, have strong restaurants and retail establishments that bring visitors and residents into the downtown main streets.

In addition to the exhibit floor activities, hundreds of industry professionals attended workshops, ranging from marketing plans and new technology to workforce development and business expansion.

The Show is organized each year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, which formed a new partnership with the National Restaurant Association for this year’s show.

A sampling of Massachusetts companies exhibiting at the New England Food Show this year includes Rockport Specialty Seafood of North Reading, Snap Chef of Boston, Radiand USA Kitchen Equipment of Waltham, Murphy’s Knives of Ayer, Boston Gourmet Chefs of Framingham, Sid Wainer & Son of New Bedford, and Harpoon Breweries of Boston.

The 2017 New England Food Show is scheduled for February 26-28, 2017. For more information, visit Massachusetts Restaurant Association.