Winter Fancy Foods has finally wrapped in San Francisco, and ahead of the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, we have to rave about a select group of beverage and food category standouts that were exhibiting at one or both shows that you need to try. These enormous food Comic-Con experiences bring the best of the best in many categories, and we were fortunate to find and try all of the items listed below.
Make sure you bookmark this and seek out these fantastic newcomers we fell in love with from over a thousand exhibitors, ranging from established corporations to mom and pops to classically trained artisans sampling their wares.
Take us shopping with you:
Made in Seattle, WA. Flavors: Cucumber, Vanilla Bean, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Ginger, Lavender, Blood Orange
Low natural cane sugar content, fresh natural flavors and a crisp satisfying carbonated beverage, the anti-soda for grown ups that can sub as a badass mixer. Invented by a smart woman in a company where four out of the five key execs are women. Their website is loaded with pairing ideas and cocktail recipes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. But most importantly, they get to bring their dogs to work.
This brilliant sparkler can stand on its own, complement a meal or make a cocktail fizz with just the right notes for a perfect drink.
CEO and founder Sharelle Klaus is a working mother and proud dog mom too. and she collaborated with some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs.
By using unique flavor notes to infuse into sparkling beverages, her team has created simple, palate pleasing drinks.
We are addicted to the Vanilla Bean and the Ginger and used the Cucumber as a mixer for a gin-based cocktail that rocked.
At the Winter Fancy Foods show, they paired a nice cheddar cheese with the Lavender DRY Sparkling, fabulous!
This is the brass ring of whole bean coffee. The freshness, flavor, and aroma will send any coffee lover to the moon, so they aptly named themselves Dancing Moon I suppose! Jamaica Blue Mountain® by Dancing Moon is certified by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, authentic Jamaica Blue Mountain® must be grown in legally designated growing areas high in the Blue Mountains of eastern Jamaica. Dancing Moon is authentic unblended 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain®. This is one of the richest and smoothest coffees you’ve ever tasted. There’s nothing else like it in all the world.
According to Dancing Moon founders Jamie Weldon, this special coffee costs a bit more but if you truly love java, live a little and splurge. There is a superior richness with a chocolate and toffee underscore to this beautifully cultivated bean and cuppa.
The Dancing Moon execs previously shared their other roasts with us along with great tips for brewing and grinding coffee properly. There’s also some history on this Jamaican varietal that Jamie shared, as the coffee plants in Jamaica descended from a single seedling brought to Martinique by French naval officer turned Jamaican governor, Sir Nicholas Lawes. He purchased descendants of that seedling, bringing coffee to Jamaica in 1725. The climate is what makes this coffee so special, taking the coffee bean twice as long to mature than anywhere else.
One of the admirable things this company does is kick back a portion of sales to the Semper Fi fund, which takes care of veterans’ families in need. Raise your coffee cup and drink the very best, knowing you did a good thing.
Dancing Moon Coffee roasts to order and is found on Amazon, but hopefully, we will see it in Albertsons, HEB or Whole Foods soon!
Modern Oats Instant Premium Oatmeal
Made in Irvine, CA.
Instant oatmeal in a cup? What’s to rave about? Plenty, my friends! This was a brilliant find, with five flavors sampled, Vermont Maple (heaven). Coconut Almond (ditto) plain Oatmeal, 5 Berry, and Mango Blackberry. We were sold 100% that you can get a fantastic whole grain steel cut oat in a cup. Our only complaint was we did not get a whack at trying the Chocolate Cherry.
This combines time-saving technology (3 minutes, boom) with Certified Gluten-Free status, this is nutty whole grain rolled oats which are grown and harvested in the Aspen parkland biome, between prairie and the boreal forest that covers the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. That just sounds magical. The oat seedlings are identity preserved Non-GMO and planted by small, carefully chosen family farmers in fields where no wheat is subject to cross contamination.
You get superior high quality, color sorted kilned, whole groats which are minimally processed by steaming and flaking, meaning that this instant oatmeal has a profoundly delicious textural difference that for a more solid bite.
Zero gluten people, certified.
Sold at Whole Foods and Gelson’s, here is the store locator link.
Real honest-to-goodness cage-free, free ranging, happy hens who are raised humanely by the best farms in the USA. Deeply colored rich orange yolks and a farm to table flavor that will impress. Eat your eggs knowing they are 100% cage free, and that the hens that laid your eggs had room to roam, jump on perches, run throughout the barns, lay their eggs in nest boxes, flap their wings, preen in a dust bath, socialize with their friends, and do what chickens like to do naturally.
Positive energy and ethical farming create a superior end product. NestFresh ensures their hens are raised humanely and live a natural way of life. These fresh eggs are produced in the most local, natural and sustainable way. NestFresh hens eat only the best vegetarian feed which means zero hormones, antibiotics, or any harmful chemicals end up in your body. NestFresh Eggs come from small family farms across the country and are packed into recycled, recyclable, and compostable cartons.
Over the years, Nestfresh has added more farms and products, from cage-free eggs that started NestFresh, plus Non-GMO Free Range, Organic, Pasture Raised, Omega-3, and Liquid Eggs from 100% cage-free hens.
And you can find them easily in Albertsons, Vons, and Whole Foods. Here is the store locator link.
Made in Chatsworth, CA and a box equals a dozen eggs.
Okay so not everyone can tuck into real eggs, whether they’re vegan or have dietary concerns, but fear not, there’s a brilliant option that tastes great. 100% plant-based egg alternative VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart, the Vegenaise people, one package is equivalent to one dozen eggs. It does everything from quiche to scrambles, bakes, and binds for cake and cookie recipes.
For the curious, here is the ingredient deck: Whole Algal Flour, Whole Algal Protein, Modified Cellulose, Cellulose, Gellan Gum, Calcium Lactate (Plant Source), Carrageenan, Nutritional Yeast, Black Salt.
What you get: Egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, Kosher Parve, non-GMO product that subs beautifully for the real deal. You can find veganEgg on Amazon and at their store locator link.