“Sushi is not so much the trend anymore, these days, everyone wants to add ramen to their menu!”, Said the young server dressed in his Japanese outfit.
He couldn’t be more correct. There are more ramen venders at this show than you can count on one hand. The best part is they all taste amazing. The samplings of Shoyu, Miso, and pork based broths make it tough for me to pick my show favorite. Check out the Umami flavor profile that is now creatively being added to ice cream and other dishes.
2. Sake and Wines
The Japanese Pavillion is a hit with the crowd. It occupies almost a quarter of the floor and it’s bustling booths feature a whole row of Sake venders vying for your attention. It features the subtle taste of the traditional sake from venders like Choya. But there is are also companies that are giving sake and soju a modern twist by creating cocktails and adding a fruity bouquet to the liqueur.
Not too far from the sake booths, you can have a taste of select wines from venders like Raphael’s Winery. If your interested in exploring even more wines, there is an entire show dedicated to it on the floor of Jacob Javits that runs during the same times as the food show.
3. Frozen Treats
Pastries, gelato, and macarons are traditional treats that I have enjoyed at every restaurant show. This year brings more interesting frozen treats to the public like green tea ice cream sandwiches. Fans of ice cream will also enjoy trying Mochi ice cream from Japan. Another highlight to the frozen treat selection is the Jelly Belly froyo machine that pumped out soft serve that tastes exactly like the jelly bean counter parts.
As always one end of the show room floor is dedicated to displaying the pastry contest. This year marks the 24th Annual Pastry Competition. Pastry chefs create tall magnificent sculptures that tower over you. The creations are complex and colorful. It’s almost too easy to forget that they are made out of chocolate and sugar.
Adjacent to the pastry competition is the Ultimate Barista Challenge. Two notable baristas go head to head to make a delicious latte. Not only is it quite a show but the samplings of coffee get your ready to explore more of the show.
The New York International Food show gives you a chance to try exotic foods, but it is also a place for the community driven people gather. The section advertised as “Pride of NY” highlights smaller food companies from New York. I enjoy how you can sample and buy bread, cheeses, and other foods straight from the smaller venders. This part of the show is much larger than I can remember from last time. It really helps bring the smaller companies present themselves to venders.
City Harvest is also there to show how you can get involved and give back. The people at City Harvest taking the extra food from the show, and distributing them to shelters to feed people in need.