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June 5, 2017
Virginia’s Largest Exhibit Planned for Fancy Food Show in New York
Two sofi awards for Hudson Henry Baking Co. in Palmyra; Edwards Virginia Smokehouse owner in Surry to be inducted into Specialty Food Hall of Fame
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is hosting a Virginia Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 25-27 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. At least 37 Virginia specialty food companies will exhibit at the show, 32 of which will be featured in the 4,000 square-foot Virginia Pavilion, the Commonwealth’s largest pavilion in the history of the Fancy Food Show. Nearly all the Virginia companies exhibiting are part of VDACS’ Virginia’s Finest® trademark program, which identifies, differentiates and promotes top-quality, Virginia-produced and processed specialty food and beverage products.

Key buyers representing grocery stores, restaurants, markets and gift shops rely on this annual trade event to find innovative foods and beverages to freshen up their product mix and fulfill the growing consumer demand for specialty food and beverages. Virginia foods featured at this year’s show include award-winning peanuts and peanut products, popcorn, preserves, puddings, beverages, breads, drink mixes, dips, dried fruits, cakes, granola, crackers, chocolates, confections, chips, marinades, meats, seafood, sauces, salsa, seasonings, black garlic, craft shrub and more. The Virginia Pavilion will be located in booth spaces 6200-6247.

The 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers and 2,500 exhibitors. During the show, Virginia’s Finest participant, Hudson Henry Baking Co. of Palmyra, will be presented with two specialty food trade sofi awards: a GOLD sofi for Maple, Pecans and Coconut Granola and a SILVER sofi for Cashew and Coconut Granola. The 2017 sofi winners were selected from 3,000 entries by a national panel of 62 culinary experts in a blind tasting. Hudson Henry will exhibit for the first time in the Virginia Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show. In addition, Samuel W. Edwards III, owner/operator of Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, in Surry will be inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame.

Also during the show, VDACS will announce an important enhancement to the Virginia’s Finest program in support of the Commonwealth’s specialty food and beverage industry.

For more information on the Summer Fancy Food Show click here, and follow the show’s social media hashtag #SFFS17.

2017 SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW
JUNE 25 - 27 | Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York City, New York
VIRGINIA EXHIBITORS
Virginia Pavilion

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6232
Ayoba-Yo
Wian Van Blommestien
wian@ayoba-yo.com
Oakton, VA 22124
Products: Authentic South African recipe meat snack products made in USA.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6200
Belmont Peanuts of Southampton Inc.
Patsy Marks
patsymarks@belmontpeanuts.com 
434.658.4613
Capron, VA 23829                 
Products: Gourmet Virginia peanuts and peanut products.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6220
Blue Crab Bay Co. Bay Beyond Inc.
Beth Scott, Sales; Elizabeth Lankford, President
sales@baybeyond.net
757.787.3602
Melfa, VA 23410
Products: Coastal themed snacks, beverages, mixes, spices, nuts, soups, gift packs, blue crab stoneware.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6235
Bone Doctors’ BBQ Sauce
David Heilbronner
sales@BoneDoctorsBBQ.com
434.296.7766
Products: Award winning all natural, gluten free BBQ sauces.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6245
Cassandra’s Gourmet Classics/ Island Treasures Gourmet
Ken Craig
Ken@cassandrasgourrnet.com
703.590.7900
Manassas, VA 20110-2026
Products: Gourmet rum cakes in several flavors; shelf stable.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6228
Crunch Dynasty LLC
Anya and John Mills
anya@crunchdynasty.com
Richmond, VA 23220
Products: Spicy, multi-purpose, hot topping.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6230
E. H. Gourmet LLC
Kerry Takach
Kerry@themeridiangroup.com
757.431.1966
Products: The Flavors of Ernest Hemingway is a line of sauces and seasonings inspired by the life and travels of Ernest Hemingway.

Booth #4900
FERIDIES / The Peanut Patch Inc.
Jane Riddick-Fries
jfries@feridies.com
757.653.9118
Courtland, VA 23837                                                            
Products: Gourmet Virginia peanuts, specialty nuts, trail and snack mixes, gift assortments.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6204
Firehook
Pierre Abushacra; Joseph Roberts; Kari Ball
info@firehook.com
888.580.0745
Chantilly, VA 20151
Products: Mediterranean baked crackers; sweet & baked cookies

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6215
Grayson Natural Farms LLC
Gary Mitchell
gary@graysonnatural.com
276.768.8768; 276.773.3712
Independence, VA 24348
Products: Producers and processors of local all-natural, grass fed beef; beef sticks available in original and sweet flavors.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6203
Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries LLC
Michael Lampros
chefmike@gunthersgourmet.com
804.240.1796
Richmond, VA 23226
Products: Award-winning, all natural salsas, marinades, dressings, sauces and dips.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6214
Hudson Henry Baking Co.
Hope Lawrence
hope@hudsonhenrybakingco.com
817.733.0709
Palmyra, VA 22963
Products: Small batch granola; available in five flavors.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6212
Jody’s Popcorn
Jody Wagner
tina@jodyspopcorn.com
757.422.8646
Virginia Beach, VA 23451-5716
Products: Gourmet popcorn in 18 different flavors.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6241
Mad Scientist Nuts
Bo Perry
boperry@msnuts.com
Portsmouth, VA 23701-2635
Products: Gourmet Virginia peanuts infused with many flavors. 

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6219
Milton’s Local
James Faison
info@miltonslocal.com
Richmond, VA 23234
Products: All natural, uncured bacon and bacon sausage.

Booth #5406
Nancy’s Candy Company
Nancy Galli
nancyscandy@embarqmail.com
800.328.3834
Meadows of Dan, VA 24120                                                             
Products: Original confections including fudge, chocolates and truffles.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6226
Obis One LLC
Patrick and Lisa Lloyd
pat@obisone.com
Blacksburg, VA, 24060
609.202.9766
Products: Organically produced black garlic products.

Booth #1675
Olli Salumeria
Jennifer Johnson, Director of Marketing
jjohnson@ollisalumeria.com
804.427.7866, ext. 108; 804.338.3565
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Products: Artisanal, slow-cured salami.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6217
Peg’s Salt
Cass Cannon
pegssalt@gmail.com
434.249.2495
Greenwood, VA 22943
Products: Unique seasoned salts for every day, every meal; original and pink.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6237
Pennacook Peppers
Kevin Oelhafen
kevin@pennacookpeppers.com
757.663.8798
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Products: Salsas, pepper jelly, dried pepper spice blend.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6240
Pervida
Debbie Custer; Lee Sandstead
info@pervida.net
Blacksburg, VA 24062
540.808.0800
Products: Lightly carbonated immune health water.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6201
Red Rocker Candy
Sue Charney
Sue.charney@redrockercandy.com
434.589.2011
Troy, VA 22974
Products: Rocking Chair Mix, butter crunch, peppermint bark, various chocolate barks, molded chocolates.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6221
Reginald’s Homemade
Andrew Broocker
Reginaldshomemade@gmail.com
804.306.6098
Rockville, VA 23146
Products: Locally made natural, salt free, preservative free nut butters.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6208
Rodgers’ Puddings
Reggie Rodgers
reggie@rodgerspuddings.com
757.543.9290
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Products: Non-GMO Project Verified, Halal and Kosher pudding, guava, coconut, blueberry and banana pudding filling.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6223
Route 11 Potato Chips
Sarah Cohen
sarah@rt11.com
540.477.9664
Mount Jackson, VA 22842
Products: Specialty kettle cooked potato chips and sweet potato chips.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6236
Sahara Date Company
Maile Ramzi
info@saharadate.com
703.457.1572
Vienna, VA 22182
Products: Fresh dates.

Booth #2266
San-J International Inc.
Misako Benford
info@san-j.com
804.226.8333
Richmond VA 23231
Products: Gluten free tamari soy sauce and gluten free tamari based products and Asian cooking sauces.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6238
Southern Flavoring Company Inc.
John Messier
john@southernflavoring.com
800.765.8565
Bedford, VA 24523
Products: Natural and imitation flavors and pure extracts; sauces, dressings, marinades and salsas; dry mixes and seasoning blends; contract packaging and private label available.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6234
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons Inc.
Keith Roberts
info@edwardsvaham.com
800.200.4267
Surry, VA 23883
Products: Traditional dry cured, hickory smoked hams, bacon and sausage. 

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6228
Texas Beach LLC
Austin Green
info@texasbeachbloodymarymix.com
757.846.5645
Richmond, VA 23220
Products: Savory and spicy Bloody Mary mix.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6202
The Crispery of Virginia LLC
Judy Soldinger
judy@thecrispery.com
757.673.5234
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Products: Unique handmade gourmet marshmallow rice CrispyCakes; always soft and gooey, never hard or sticky.

Booth #5500
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg
Michael McDonald
Sales@thepeanutshop.com
800.831.1828, ext. 1; 757.566.0930
Toano, VA 23168
Products: Hand-cooked, super-extra-large Virginia peanuts: milk and dark chocolate nuts and confections, sweet and seasoned nuts and snack mixes.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6247
The Perfect Pita Inc.
Erica Dodd
erica@theperfectpita.com
703.644.7311
Springfield, VA 22153
Products: Handmade pita bread, wheat and white; five types of hummus and tzatziki.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6239
Tincture Distillers LLC/Element Shrub
Charlie Berkinshaw
info@elementshrub.com
888.658.6899
Arlington, VA, 22207
Products: Craft shrubs and shrub sodas made exclusively with apple cider vinegar, pure cane sugar, fresh fruit, herbs and spices. 

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6216
Van Cleve Seafood Company
Monica Van Cleve
info@crabpie.com
800.628.5202
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Products: The finest frozen gourmet seafood delicacies for retail and wholesale outlets.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6205
Virginia Artesian Bottling Company
Steven Brown
sales@VirginiaArtesian.com
804.779.7500
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Products: Virginia’s artesian water.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6209
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Marketing and Development

www.vafinest.com
Lisa Lafoon Lloyd; Olivia Wilson; Marshall Payne
Lisa.lloyd@vdacs.virginia.gov; Olivia.Wilson@vdacs.virginia.gov; Marshall.Payne@vdacs.virginia.gov
804.786.4278
Richmond, VA 23219
Services: Promotional and marketing assistance for Virginia producers.
Programs: Virginia’s Finest and Virginia Grown.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6229
Virginia Diner
Scott Stephens
sstephens@vadiner.com
757.899.6213
Wakefield, VA 23888
Products: Snacks and nut products.

VIRGINIA PAVILION Booth #6210
Virginia International Marketing
Keith Long; Amy Miller
Keith.long@vdacs.virginia.gov; amy.miller@vdacs.virginia.gov
804.786.3953
Richmond, VA 23219
Services: Assist Virginia producers with the marketing and sales of their products internationally.

Booth #5109
Whitley’s Peanut Factory
Roger Sams; Todd Smith
rsams@whitleyspeanut.com
800.470.2244; 804.642.7688
Hayes, VA 23072
Products: Virginia peanuts, candies, other nuts and mixes.


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