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Jun 11 2009

IFT Food Expo in Anaheim – Samples, Freebies, & More!

Published by at 1:34 pm under Miscellaneous

I was so excited and giddy when I found out Daniel got free passes to the IFT Food Expo this past weekend! IFT stands for Institute of Food Technologists, and because he works in seafood manufacturing, it was a great opportunity for him to attend to network and build some more business contacts. This isn’t an easy Expo to attend, as the usual cost for registration is about $300! We were stoked about the Food Expo, and wanted to share some pictures we took.

Tens of thousands of food professionals from around the world make their way each year to the IFT Food Expo. Why? To see the latest products, technologies, tools, techniques, and services. Lucky for us, it was in Anaheim this year!

Tens of thousands of food professionals from around the world make their way each year to the IFT Food Expo. Why? To see the latest products, technologies, tools, techniques, and services. Lucky for us, it was in Anaheim this year!

There were hundreds of companies that were represented at the convention, such as ConAgra Mills, Land O Lakes, Lee Kum Kee, California Almonds, and more. It was jam packed with exhibitors!

There were hundreds of companies that were represented at the convention, such as ConAgra Mills, Land O'Lakes, Lee Kum Kee, California Almonds, and more. It was jam packed with exhibitors!

Fresh berries galore! It was so fun tasting a variety of food and ingredients, and I can't complain when it's something refreshing like fruit!

Fresh berries galore! It was so fun tasting a variety of food and ingredients, and I can't complain when it's something refreshing like fruit!

I saw Daniel's eyes lit up when he saw Lobster Bisque. He also got the opportunity to chat with the representative and may possibly do business with this seafood company.

I saw Daniel's eyes lit up when he saw Lobster Bisque. He also got the opportunity to chat with the representative and may possibly do business with this seafood company.

We got to try a lot of different flavored drinks at many of the booths, including this one. Notice the bottle of Tequila on top? That's right, we got a little bit of alcohol too!

We got to try a lot of different flavored drinks at many of the booths, including this one. Notice the bottle of Tequila on top? That's right, we got a little bit of alcohol too!

This display was so cute, and for a moment, I thought it was fake. But I realized they were real cupcakes after poking it. This booth was unique because they allowed attendees to design their own cupcakes! It was like a crafts station. Too bad Daniel didn't let me play!

This display was so cute, and for a moment, I thought it was fake. But I realized they were real cupcakes after poking it. This booth was unique because they allowed attendees to design their own cupcakes! It was like a crafts station. Too bad Daniel didn't let me play!

I was in mushroom heaven when I saw this display! I've never seen so many mushrooms in one peripheral view before. Too bad they weren't samples.

I was in mushroom heaven when I saw this display! I've never seen so many mushrooms in one peripheral view before. Unfortunately, they weren't samples.

Amongst everything else, there were also many booths that focused on dried fruit, which we got to try.

Amongst everything else, there were also many booths that focused on dried fruit, which we got to try.

Here is Land O'Lakes with a sample of Brie Cheese Base with Cranberries. Yum!

Here is Land O'Lakes with a sample of Brie Cheese Base with Cranberries. Yum!

We came home with bundles of samples, and here is Daniel's favorite sample - Vanilla Sugar and behind that, Vanilla Salt. Very interesting!

We came home with bundles of samples, and here is Daniel's favorite sample - Vanilla Sugar and behind that, Tahitian vanilla fleur de sel. Very interesting!

I was getting sick of eating so many different samples, so luckily I was able to take them home!

I was getting sick of eating so many different samples, so luckily I was able to take them home!

Here are some samples of fake bacon bits. Haha.

Here are some samples of fake bacon bits. Haha.

A lot of Asian companies were represented at the Expo, and they provided some very cool samples. I already used the Miso Soup one!

A lot of Asian companies were represented at the Expo, and they provided some very cool samples. I already used the Miso Soup one!

It will take forever for me to show you every single sample we have, so this will end my post! Fresh cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bottle of Vanilla Extract. I think that calls for another Dessert post. What do you think?

It will take forever for me to show you every single sample we have, so this will end my post! Fresh cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bottle of Vanilla Extract. I think that calls for another Dessert post!

Update: Hey foodaddicts! We’ve decided to give away a set of samples to one lucky winner! Stay tuned for details and rules.  Yay!!!

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “IFT Food Expo in Anaheim – Samples, Freebies, & More!”

  1. The Duo Disheson 12 Jun 2009 at 9:34 am

    OMG, we’d just die in there. You’re going to have some of the best times in the kitchen testing all those samples. That vanilla fleur de sel…already know how we’d use it!

  2. Jackie @ PhamFatale.comon 12 Jun 2009 at 11:27 am

    It seems like a lot of fun. It’s the Mecca for foodies!

  3. CA (...from HI)on 12 Jun 2009 at 12:51 pm

    OMG I saw the mushroom picture and I was like “OOOOH Stir fry, stew, stuffed mushrooms…”

    I love mushrooms.

    I love your site here, Krissy. It’s looking good.

    Back to the good old blogging days, eh? Hehehehe!

  4. The Diva on a Dieton 12 Jun 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Oooh, what fun! I’ve always wanted to attend something like this. Thanks for sharing the experience here. :)

    Love the sound of that Tahitian vanilla salt. Wow! I’m a big fan of unusual salts and this one sounds amazing.

  5. Carolyn Jungon 12 Jun 2009 at 3:46 pm

    That is hilarious that you “poked” the cupcakes to make sure they were real!

    I love going to food trade shows like that. But I must admit that afterward, I am totally in need of a simple green salad with a sharp vinaigrette. Food overload antidote. ;)

  6. Leslieon 12 Jun 2009 at 5:32 pm

    omg..This is heaven for foodies!

  7. Jamieon 13 Jun 2009 at 3:50 am

    Wow! That expo is heaven on earth! How lucky! What fun!

  8. thefoodaddictson 13 Jun 2009 at 8:50 am

    I wish all the foodies were able to attend the EXPO! I think we’d have more fun there than those big corporate guys trying to do business!

  9. Lexieon 14 Jun 2009 at 8:49 am

    The expo looks awesome! I especially love that cupcake booth :)

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