2014 Northwest Foodservice Show – a big success

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The Pacific Northwest’s largest food and beverage trade expo ended on a high note this week after two action packed days full of learning and networking opportunities, and lots of great food. By the time the doors closed, more than 4,000 people had attended the 2014 Northwest Foodservice Show (NWFSS).

This amazing expo, produced by the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA), was held, April 13-14, at Seattle’s Washington Trade & Convention Center. Heartland Payment Systems was this year’s presenting sponsor.

With great features like the Interactive Kitchen, the New Product Showcase, educational seminars and an amazing Technology Pavilion, there was something for everyone who attended.

“This year’s show was a tremendous success,” said WRA President/CEO Anthony Anton. “From the level of attendee engagement to the great educational presentations, the energy levels on both days was definitely positive.”

“The show is all about people connecting with people,” explained David Faro, communications manager with the WRA.  “That’s how you build relationships, and this event is one of the best places around for networking.”

The WRA had a particularly strong presence at the NWFSS this year, placing a special emphasis on technology, most notably using Google Glass to provide a unique, first-hand view of this major trade show.

“We really experimented with technology this year,” said Faro. “There was much more technology this year than at the 2013 show. We wanted to see if it would be off putting or inviting. In the end, it turned out well. I think it was very engaging.”

With so much going on and so many opportunities to network, learn and experience new products, this was truly a must attend event.

“The show delivered exceptional value for its attendees and exhibitors,” concluded Anton. “It did an incredible job of highlighting an industry which employs more than anyone else in Washington.”