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March 04, 2016

New York State Announces Taste NY Experience Returns to the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

200 New York Companies Showcase Their Products and Connect with Buyers at the Javits Center

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball and Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today announced that Taste NY will return to the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York—one of the largest restaurant and food service shows in the country—to promote New York food and beverage producers from across the state.  Beginning Sunday, March 6 and ending Tuesday, March 8, the event will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, and will feature approximately 550 vendors from around the world, including 200 from New York State.  The Restaurant Show provides a unique opportunity for small New York food companies to directly connect with buyers and showcase their products to the global marketplace. 

Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Through the International Restaurant Show, which sees an audience of more than 20,000, we are putting local companies on the world stage—letting more consumers than ever taste why New York’s flavors are so great. Under the Governor’s Taste NY program, we are introducing New York products to businesses and consumers, and growing our vitally important agricultural industry.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show has once again offered a perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on top-notch food and beverage companies across New York State.  Through the Taste NY initiative, we continue to highlight New York’s homegrown products, and encourage the support of local farms and businesses to drive industry-related tourism in every region of the State.”

Melissa A. Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said, “One of the best ways we can help our economy grow is to promote great New York State agriculture and products to restaurant operators here in New York and around the globe. Forging local partnerships within the state and expanding our reach outside of it will drive our economy forward; we thank Taste NY for continually embodying that spirit.”

Ron Mathews, Vice President of the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show, said, “The partnership Taste NY and its participating vendors provide the 20,000+ Restaurant and Foodservice Industry professionals that attend the show is paramount in delivering real examples of the food trends driving the marketplace today! New York has a tremendous number of quality food purveyors that are sought after by our culinary professionals and the millions of diners being served in New York annually. The Taste NY Pavilion is one of our most popular features every year and we are proud to have them again at the 2016 show.” 

Taste NY at the Restaurant Show
The newly expanded Taste NY & Craft Beverage Showcase will include 29 vendors featuring New York products from across the state, ranging from wine, craft beverages, and fresh juices to honey and baked goods, for attendees to sample and learn about the food and beverages produced in the state. Staff from the Taste NY program will be at the event all three days to provide attendees with information on how to participate in future Taste NY events.

The Showcase is co-sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and supported by a $49,400 Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant. The Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program launched in 2014 as a result of the Governor’s second Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, and was created to increase the profile, awareness and sales of New York State produced wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider. Funding is provided by Empire State Development in coordination with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, said, “We’re grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for the matching grant that is letting us create the first-ever Taste NY Craft Beverage Showcase at this important event.  We have organized this event for years in partnership with Taste NY, and the additional funding will allow us to market it like never before.” 

Companies participating in the Taste NY & Craft Beverage Showcase include:

  • 1857 Spirits - Barber's Farm Distillery
  • Allie's GF Goodies, LLC
  • Amagansett Sea Salt
  • Baums Sho
  • Beth's Farm Kitchen
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Catskill Food Company
  • Catskill Provisions 
  • Cliffton Dry
  • Cornell University- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Damascus Bakeries, Inc.
  • Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
  • Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage Products
  • Green Mustache
  • Kaneb Orchards, LLC
  • Kerber's Farm
  • Kitchen Table Bakers
  • La Maison Du Macaron
  • Micosta Enterprises
  • Orwasher's Bakery 
  • Pika's Table
  • Red Jacket Orchards
  • Saratoga Spring Water Co.
  • Serendipi Tea
  • The Chaat Co
  • The Ravioli Store
  • Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Whiskey
  • Watershed Ag Council/Pure Catskills
  • Your Panadas LLC

2016 Farm to City Expo
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Empire State Development are also co-hosting the annual Farm to City Expo 2016 on March 8, 2016 from noon to 2:30 pm.  The expo includes a panel discussion, The New Marketplace: Local Food in Emerging Markets, on supply and demand in the on-the-go marketplace. Those interested in participating in this year’s Expo can register here, enter the discount code FARMTOCITY for the discussion and complimentary access to the Restaurant Show.

For more information about the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York, please visit:

About Taste NY
Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair. The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways and in transportation hubs, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe. For more information about Taste NY, please visit

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