Food expo accepting entries

Courtesy of Fresno Food Expolicious

Fresno Food Expo Roadshow foreshadows the sight of new foods and beverages to be sampled at the fifth annual Fresno Food Expo this July 26-27.


FRESNO – Applications can be submitted for the fifth annual Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards and third annual Fred Ruiz Entrepeneurial Award at The deadline is 5 p.m. June 30.


The Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards include the Buyer’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. More than 160 new Central California foods and beverages have been launched since the awards began in 2013.


New this year, supermarket guru Phil Lempert, who will lead the Expo’s featured keynote speech on July 26, will serve on a celebrity judging panel for the Buyer’s Choice Award, along with Erna Kubin-Clanin, owner of Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst, and Sean Topping of Albertsons – Safeway, Northern California.


“The New Product Awards add a critical element to the Expo, highlighting the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Central California, and helps us tell the story about what makes our region truly unique,” said David Nalchajian, general manager of the Fresno Food Expo.

Food writer, cook and Food Network TV personality Simon Majumdar also returns this July to continue exploring the innovation, creativity and regional food movement taking place locally.


“I said it last year when I was here and I will say it again, Central California is a hidden gem with a rising food scene that people absolutely need to take notice,” stated Simon Majumdar. “The quality and array of products I discovered was incredible and the talent among chefs in the region is on par with San Francisco and Los Angeles. I am excited to return this year, connect with these companies to see how their products are doing and continue to be part of telling the story of the incredible food culture brewing in this vibrant region.”


The 2017 Fresno Food Expo will take place July 26-27. Registration is open for buyers and exhibitors. More than 150 exhibitors and 950 key pre-qualified international and domestic buyers are expected to participate.


Tickets to Expoliciousare available for $50 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster Box Office, online at or at Cumulus Broadcasting, while supplies last. For discount ticket information, watch the Fresno Food Expo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For information on the expo, visit

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