Which sounds better, tables laden with top-notch Belgium chocolate bars and specialty olives from Greece? Or a bar teeming with locally produced “mind-altering meats” and creamy ricotta? Maybe both?
Tasty option number one is just a small example of over 180,000 specialty foods that will be featured at the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. While this show is geared toward food industry people, it is the place to be for all inspiring foodies over the age of 18. That’s right, no one under 18 allowed, which means mommy and daddies have to leave the youngsters home.
Of course if you are interested in bringing baby to sample some local goodies and feel comfortable enough bringing them to a bar, travel over to the East River Bar in Williamsburg this Sunday for tasty option number two. Here Tom Mylan and Sasha Davies will host the Unfancy Food Show, which, while it has a much smaller selection, offers good, solid local fare.
Personally, I am more prone to the Unfancy’s McClure’s Pickles and Sixpoint Craft Ales then I am to Fancy’s mind-boggling list of vendors. From gourmet peanut butter to artesian candies to Poppie’s Dough (a cookie maker), I think I would pass out in a food coma before moving beyond the first 20 tables. But hey, it’s three days long so for those brave of heart, do it! Either way, plan on gorging yourself this Sunday.
Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th St. (btwn. 8th and 9th Aves.) $60, June 29-July 1; 10 am – 5 pm.
Unfancy Food Show at the East River Bar, 97 6th St. (at Berry St.) June 29, noon – 6 pm.