Comparing Trade Show Costs
If you've been a small specialty foods producer for any length of time, you know that having a booth at a sizeable specialty foods trade show can be quite costly, predictable, routine and with no guarantees.
We've researched the costs of several other specialty foods trade shows in the northeast, which you might have heard of, to see how the cost of attending theirs, compares to the one we are planning. Here are links to the web pages of some other trade shows, with the costs to attend them explained.
First, the BIG one:
National Association for the Specialty Food Trade: This one apparently is so expensive, that you have to contact them to get the full cost. The above link will take you to them, so you can ask about their current pricing.I guess they figure that if they posted the cost on their website, they wouldn't get a lot of takers.
A trade show with food & other things in Portland Maine:
Another BIG one:
New England Food Show: (formerly the Northeast Foodservice & Lodging Show): Again, this one appearsto be so expensive that they don't dare to put the price on their website. You must send them your contact information first, to get the price for a booth.
A few more will be added later, buy you probably get the idea. Ask anyone who has 'paid thousands to feed thousands', if it was really worth it. The real winners at these shows are the businesses that put them on and collect many thousands from booth rentals, which cost only a tiny fraction of what they charge you.