You may be wondering what happened to Fantasy Football Fuel this past weekend.  Well, instead of spending this Sunday enjoying some snacks and football, I spent Saturday and Sunday in Anaheim, California, handing out 250 gallons of coffee to trade show attendees.

So now you’re probably wondering what on earth this has to do with my food blog…

Imagine what it would be like if Dole, Chiquita, Del Monte, Green Giant, Fresh Express, Driscoll’s, Sunkist and virtually every other produce name you can imagine came together and held a farmer’s market.  That’s basically what the trade show I worked was like.  It’s the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit, and it’s held each year in October in a different city.

It’s a huge show, featuring the products of tons of large and small growers from all over the world.  This year, more than 19,000 people from over 50 countries attended.

Before coming back to school, I worked for Temple-Inland, a major corrugated packaging producer that supplies a lot of these growers, so I’ve had the privilege of attending this show for the past three years.  My friends at the company were gracious enough to invite me back again this year to work at the booth, where we served coffee for show attendees.

What makes this show so much fun is that you can try different, delicious foods from all over the world– tons of exotic produce and new, innovative products before they hit the market.  Don’t ever eat before you show up!

This year, we had a pretty awesome booth neighbor—Tyler Florence from the Food Network was there to give demonstrations Saturday.

Here are a couple photos of Tyler in action, courtesy of my friend, Jay Brittain.  For more photos of the PMA show, visit  http://www.pma.com/freshsummit/2010/index.cfm.

TF2 Tyler Florence in action

Temple-Inland's amazing booth won 2nd place, Best in Show.  Way to go guys!

Temple-Inland's amazing booth won 2nd place, Best in Show. Way to go guys!

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