Last week I was honored to attend the 2016 Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD. It was the first trade show that I’ve attended as a blogger/press and let me tell you, I was completely blown away!
I’ve been to retail/fashion trade shows previously (back in the day when I “worked” in retail buying) but this was different. It was massive and totally overwhelming. The sheer number of people attending and the range of products – it took me 2 full days to get through the entire convention center!
And at several different times I literally thought I was going to have to leave and buy a bigger size pants because I sampled so many delicious foods!
My 5 Favorite Things from Expo East 2016:
- Epic Maple Bacon Seasoned Pork Cracklings
Hands down these are one of the most delicious snacks – EVER. If you like salty-sweet and pork fat, these are the ticket.
- Late July Cantina Blue Corn Dippers
If you follow me on HSITK then you know I’m kind of obsessed with mini-tacos, but I’ve hated that there wasn’t a blue corn option (blue corn is the best way to avoid GMOs since they have not engineered the seeds and they do not cross pollinate) These released just a few days before the expo and I can’t wait to use them!
- Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Cheeses
No I’m not a vegan and have no intention on becoming one… HOWEVER these vegan cheeses from Miyoko’s Creamery were simply amazing. And you know you I’m a cheese freak, so if a vegan cheese gets my rave reviews, it’s gotta be really really good.
- Bubbies Prepared & Beet Horseradish
Now I realize not everyone has my obsession with horseradish, but you should. Up until now it was nearly impossible to find a clean prepared horseradish, they were always contaminated with GMOs/grains, but with Bubbies you know you can trust that they are truly natural and healthy. I’m excited to be able to purchase horseradish instead of relying on my homegrown/homemade exclusively!
Thinly Sliced Jicama made into the most amazing crispy chips. I can’t get these out of my mind, still today. And they are gluten-free, Non-GMO, and only 15g net carbs for the entire bag!
There were so many amazing natural products showcased and Expo East, it was so hard to narrow it down to just 5! Here’s a few more things that I loved that I couldn’t leave out of this post: