Earlier this week, the Marketing Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted the Flavors of Carolina food show in Raleigh. Event coordinator for NCDA Myrtle Early says this was the largest show ever in it’s more than 30 year history:
“We have 101 booths, usually we have about 90, so we had to turn away companies this year due to space. The local trend has really picked up as evidenced in this room. About half of the companies are new this year.
We have many different buyers here also, from food distributors like Cisco, to restaurant chefs, managers of hotels and resorts like Pinehurst. They are buying and trying to get appointments with these companies to get products in their stores.”
There was a blanket invitation extended to all members of the NC General Assembly, and they were visibly in attendance. Rick Gunn, NC Senator representing Alamance and Randolph Counties:
“We think it is so important to support our local economy and this is a great evening to see people who have good diverse products. We are blown away with the size of this. I don’t think people know how much food is produced locally in NC.
Texas Pete is one of those, it’s a good product that is marketed well. We are delighted to see local folks doing well.”
The next Flavors of Carolina Show, which is generally larger than the Raleigh show will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.