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THE VIRGINIA FOOD AND BEVERAGE EXPO - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

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Virginia Food and Beverage Expo
Tradition of Taste 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 9am-4pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C
403 North Third St., Richmond, VA 23219

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Exhibitors
Attendees
Show Facts
Best New Product Awards 
Floor Plan
Parking/Directions
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Show Facts

The Expo is only open to food industry professionals.  There is no fee to attend.
           
How many exhibitors are expected?
The last Virginia Food and Beverage Expo featured 130 Virginia food and beverage producers.

How many buyers attend the Expo?
Recent Expos have attracted from 800 to 1,500 buyers from the specialty food and wine trades.

What types of businesses do the buyers represent?

Retailers
Wholesalers
Specialty:
  Specialty Foods/Gourmet Retailer
  Gift Shop/Virginia Shop/Gift Basket Shop
Distributors
Brokers

FoodService:
  Restaurants
  Schools/Colleges/Universities
  Institutional
  Hotel/Motel/Resort
  B&B/Inn
  Other FoodService


Tell me more about the Best New Product Awards.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services awards the Best New Product Diamond Award during the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo.  Products are evaluated on the basis of originality, taste/aroma, creative packaging, visual appearance and presentation.  In addition to the Best New Product, awards are presented for the Best New Food Product and the Best New Beverage Product.  At the last Expo, 41 new Virginia products were featured in the Best New Product Award competition.  Popular food writers, editors and chefs serve as judges.  Click here to view the winners of the 2010 Best New Product Awards.

If I’m a Virginia food and/or beverage producer, how do I select my exhibit booth space?
Refer to the floor plan for both numbers.  Select a first, second and third choice and indicate those choices on the Exhibitor Registration Form.  We will do our best to accommodate your choices; however, we reserve the right to alter booth arrangements when unforeseen situations warrant it.  Show management will finalize booth numbers closer to the show date.

May I bring my children with me?
No one under age 18, including infants, will be admitted.

Contact Us
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is proud to present the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo – Tradition of Taste 2012.  Our community of dedicated marketing specialists is committed to connecting Virginia specialty food and beverage producers and buyers, as we promote Virginia agricultural products and the development of Virginia’s economy.

2012 Expo Coordinators
VDACS Division of Marketing - Office of Promotions
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Lisa Lloyd, VDACS Promotion and Event Specialist
E-mail: lisa.lloyd@vdacs.virginia.gov
Office: 804.786.4278, Fax: 804.371.6097

Leanne DuBois, VDACS Marketing and Promotions
Email: leanne.dubois@vdacs.virginia.gov
Office: 804.225.3663

Olivia Wilson, VDACS Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
E-mail: olivia.wilson@vdacs.virginia.gov
Office: 804.786.2112, Cell: 804.382.3512

Virginia Food and Beverage Expo
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Greater Richmond Convention Center • Exhibit Hall C • 403 North Third St., Richmond, VA 23219

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