After a successful debut in Spring 2017, on April 15 and 16,, 2018, for the second year, the Vegas Food Expo (VFX) will bring together more than 100 of America’s hottest, up-and-coming small food brands at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, innovative food entrepreneurs will showcase their new food and beverage products, providing a firsthand glimpse into some of the most popular new food trends for 2018. The first day is open exclusively to buyers (including chefs, restaurateurs, hotel purchasing agents, distributors, retailers and grocers ); the second day is open to buyers and ticket holders.
BOH (Back of House) Food Truck Competition to be held in Conjunction with VFX 2018
Years ago, Las Vegas food and beverage professionals founded the BOH (Back of House) Food Truck so that chefs from the many exciting restaurants in Las Vegas could meet and compete. Soon after, the gathering was turned into the TV show Late Nite Food Fight. Now, the Competition will be happening during VFX 2018. The format: Each chef will be given a basket of mystery ingredients, a food truck and 30 minutes to make a delicious dish that’s will be judged by a panel of three experts.
The VFX 2018 Kick Off Party will be held during the Initial Round of Competition, Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM at the Sand Dollar Lounge, 3355 Spring Mountain Road in Las Vegas. The Semi-final Round will be held at the Vegas Food Expo at the Westgate Convention Center on Sunday, April 15, followed by the Championship Final (also at the Westgate) on Monday, April 16.
Google Food Trends Team to Hold Special Session at VFX 2018
VFX 2018 will also feature a special session with the Google Food Trends Team. On April 16, Google’s Trends Team will present the results of their seminal report and analysis of search data on food. This exclusive briefing is reserved for attendees at the 2018 Vegas Food Expo. The vast amount of internet searches about food – billions each year – make Google Trends one of the world’s largest real time datasets. Examining what people search for provides a unique perspective on what they are currently interested in and curious about. Chefs, grocers, food producers, food journalists, and anyone who’s connected with the food and beverage industry, will gain rare insights from Google’s experts – to help them stay ahead of the curve as they envision which food products will be most popular in 2018 and beyond.
Other highlights exclusive to attendees include: Chip Health, author of the book Made to Stick and a professor at Stanford University will give VFX exhibitors marketing advice on the April 14. Phillip Preston, owner of PolyScience and a relentless inventor of kitchen gadgets (think Willy Wonka crossed with Bill Nye, the Science Guy) will be presenting on April 15. And, Piff the Magic Dragon, who swept America’s Got Talent and now has a permanent show at The Flamingo, will be roaming the Expo floor (along with his chihuahua sidekick Mr. Piffles) on April 16 at 10:30 AM.
The Vegas Food Expo (VFX) is the brainchild of long-time food industry professional and chef Brett Ottolenghi of Las Vegas, Nevada. His company, Artisanal Foods, is also the organizer of the event. VFX 2018 sponsors include: Food and Beverage Magazine, MYVEGAS Magazine, Nevada Restaurant Association, igourmet.com, International School of Hospitality, EMG Radio Show, Artisanal Foods, as well as Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank providing food assistance to the residents of Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Clark counties. Excess food from the Expo is donated to Three Square.
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About the 2018 Vegas Food Expo (VFX2018)
The two-day food trade show – taking place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on April 15 and 16 in Las Vegas – is designed for small and innovative companies that might not have the budget to present at larger East Coast or West Coast food shows. The curated exhibition will feature up-and-coming brands, introducing food producers to retail buyers, chefs, restaurant owners, potential investors and allied professionals. Admission is complimentary for buyers and $50 for ticket holders.