The Northwest Food Show Promises, “Yum & Fun” Along With New Technology, Products, Information & Services

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The Northwest's largest foodservice industry show opens Sunday.

There's plenty to sample and it's all free with admission into the show. Admission is free through Saturday..."

The Northwest Food show opens this Sunday, April 22nd at the Portland Expo Center and runs through the following day, Monday, April 23rd. Formerly, the Northwest Foodservice Show, the Northwest Food Show caterers to food service industry professionals.

“Anybody in the foodservice industry is welcome to attend. Already registered are hospitals, specialty stores, cafeterias, caterers and of course, lots of restaurants. We have some exciting new features including celebrity Chef Rick Bayless who will be conducting a cooking demonstration on Sunday at noon. We also have James Beard award winning chefs Andy Ricker from Pok Pok and Greg and Gabrielle Denton, the owners of Ox, on the Chef’s Stage on Monday,” said Jeff Swenson, the show’s manager.

“Nobody leaves here hungry. It’s one of the really wonderful things about this show is the food. There’s plenty to sample and it’s all free with admission into the show. Admission is free through Saturday and can be done online at the show’s website,”

Swenson continued, “The Tasting Pavilion features a variety of northwest wines, beer, ciders and spirits…needless to say, this is a popular part of the show, and this year it’s better than ever.”

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) will be showcasing an innovative new approach to presenting your restaurant, an online virtual tour created by Visiting Media. They plan to have company representatives on-hand to explain the technology that takes online viewers through a three dimensional, 360 degree tour of your restaurant or operation. With so much online shopping for places to go and things to do, this technology gives restaurant owners an edge over the competition in highlighting the attributes of their space.

Several timely business-enhancing educational seminars are planned including, Tax reduction strategies, Overcoming challenges in the labor market, Government affairs update, Managing and improving your online reviews, What’s cooking in the world of food delivery, and How off-premise is reshaping the restaurant industry.” All of these seminars are presented by leading experts.

The show’s exhibitor mix includes all phases of the food service industry from meats, dairy and produce vendors to large food distributors, service providers, organic suppliers, coffee, seafood, breads and dessert companies. It’s the largest food industry show in the northwest. The show hours are Sunday, 10AM – 5PM and Monday 10AM – 4PM. Admission the day of the show is $25. Parking at the Portland Expo Center is $8. Complete show details are available at

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