NEW YORK — The Specialty Food Association has canceled the Summer Fancy Food Show, scheduled for June 28-30, due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the Javits Center, where the event is typically held, is currently in use as a medical station as New York hospitals are overwhelmed with thousands of COVID-19 patients.
Alternative formats for later in the year are being evaluated. Exhibitors and registered attendees will receive refunds or credits.
"As the leader in the future of food movement, our responsibility is to serve our members through good times and bad," said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association. "Our legacy is one of connecting the global specialty food industry — makers, buyers and distributors — and we're assessing ways to create an engaging environment for that, outside of the Fancy Food Show."
Dozens of industry trade shows and meetings have been canceled or postponed since the beginning of March. A full list may be found here.