Event Description

Your chance to meet one-on-one with a diverse group of buyers at our exclusive FLAVORS OF CAROLINA show is here! Join us January 27th in Concord for this unique reception designed to help bring awareness to your products and boost your sales.

What is the Flavors of Carolina?  This event is an upscale food show where North Carolina products are proudly on display. As an exhibitor, this is your opportunity to showcase your products and be discovered by retailers, distributors, restaurants, etc. Be prepared to provide samples, discuss pricing and ask the buyers how you can get your products into their stores or on their restaurant’s menu.

For our exhibitors, we provide an elegant setting that takes this event beyond the typical food show.  A buffet featuring North Carolina products as well as complimentary cocktails entice guests to mingle and visit with you.  Your company will be featured in our Exhibitor Directory and we’ll provide you with a complete list of all invited guests after the show. Prior to the show, exhibitors can participate in our “Doing Business With…” meeting where a representative from a retail chain and a representative from the food service sector will share tips on how to do business with them.  More information will be provided to vendors prior to the event. The NCDA International Marketing Section will host a two-day Ag Export Seminar January 28-29.  Learn more here.

Make plans to stay for two days to take full advantage of our additional business development opportunities.

  • On January 28th, NCDA will host a Grower/Buyer Exchange.  This will be an opportunity for growers and manufacturers to meet, in pre-scheduled short sessions, with Food Lion and The Fresh Market.  We also expect to announce a foodservice wholesale distributor to participate. Sessions will be limited to companies, who are not currently doing business with these retailers or foodservice distributor. Categories of interest are still under review, but both fresh produce and packaged nuts are confirmed.  The day will be structured in 15-minute, one-on-one sessions beginning at 8 AM and ending at 4 PM. Registration will be limited to one session with each retailer/ wholesaler represented. The Eventbrite platform will be used to officially register and secure your time slot. Look for more details and the link to register soon.
  • On January 28th, Lyn Millhiser, Specialist – Business & Cooperative Programs Rural Development – USDA, will be presenting on opportunities for value-added producer grants and rural business development grant programs among others. More information will be provided in the near future.

Who is invited?  Top officials and buyers from individual restaurants to foodservice distributors to major grocery chains will attend.

Event Details

Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019

Date

January 27, 2020

Time

2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Cost

$275 per booth (You may purchase up to two booths.)

Location

Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord
5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW, Concord, NC

Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord

5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW, Concord, NC

Additional Information

For special room rates, you will need to contact the hotel and provide them with the dates and the group code “FOC”.  The cutoff date for reservations is December 27, 2019.

You must complete the online application to register for exhibit space. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your application. Notification of acceptance will be sent in a separate email along with a link to submit payment for your booth space. The payment link is time sensitive. Payment must be submitted within 48 hours to secure your exhibitor space. The deadline to register is December 2nd. Phone calls or emails will not hold your booth. We will feature over 150 North Carolina food companies and this event typically sells out. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Applications received after the December 2nd deadline will be subject to a 30% increase in booth fee. After the December 2nd deadline, prospective exhibitors must contact Sherry Barefoot at 919-707-3154 or sherry.barefoot@ncagr.gov for a printable application.

Please review all Rules & Regulations carefully before applying. For more information, contact Sherry Barefoot at (919) 707-3154 or sherry.barefoot@ncagr.gov.

Important Registration Information

You must complete the application below to register for exhibit space. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your application. Notification of acceptance will be sent in a separate email along with a link to submit payment for your booth space. The payment link is time sensitive. Payment must be submitted within 48 hours to secure your exhibitor space.

The deadline to register is December 2, 2019.

Phone calls or emails will not hold your booth. We will feature over 150 North Carolina food companies and this event typically sells out. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Applications received after the December 2 deadline will be subject to a 30% increase in booth fee. After the December 2 deadline, prospective exhibitors must contact Sherry Barefoot at (919) 707-3154 or sherry.barefoot@ncagr.gov for a printable application.

Please review all Rules & Regulations carefully before applying. For more information, contact Sherry Barefoot at (919) 707-3154 or sherry.barefoot@ncagr.gov.

Company Information
Application Fee

You may purchase up to two booths. All booths are awarded as applications are received. Space is limited and booth space could sell out before the deadline of December 2, 2019. Refunds will not be issued.

Payment links will be emailed after approval of application. Please allow up to 7 days to receive approval notification and payment link.

NCDA & CS Export Seminar

The fee for the Export Seminar is exclusive to Flavors exhibits. Learn more about the Export Seminar.

Products and Brands

If you launched any new products in the last 12 months, please type “NEW” in front of the product name.

Exhibitor Names

List names of all exhibitors in your booth. A maximum of 4 exhibitors allowed per booth.

Booth Information

Your booth includes one 6’ front table draped and skirted, one draped back table, wastebasket and electricity if requested. You are responsible for cooking equipment and supplies including extension cords, tape, ice, garnishes, optional tablecloth, company/product signs, sampling materials and decorations. Table/Company signs will not be provided.

Please list required amount of amps/volts for each piece of equipment! All electrical equipment should have amps/volts listed on the back. You will receive only the amount of electricity you request. (Please indicate if using electricity for lights only.) Do not write “Regular Household Current” or 110 – check your equipment and list the exact amount needed. List the kind of electrical equipment you will be using (ex: crock pot, skillet, fryer, lights) AND amps/volts required for each piece of equipment (ex: electric skillet 110 volts/20 amps). No open flame cooking will be permitted. No exceptions.

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Ice can be provided to exhibitors upon request at no additional charge. You must indicate quantity on application.

If you plan to use a pop-up or tabletop display, please check the type you plan to use and read the size restrictions in the Flavors of Carolina Rules and Regulations. A backdrop is not necessary at this show. Check the type of display that you plan to use. At least one of these options must be selected.

*Free Standing Pop-ups are restricted to 8’ in width and Tabletops are restricted to 6’ width (No Exceptions). This information is critical as booth placement is based on type of display used. **Height of materials used at your table cannot exceed 8’.

Liability Clause

Each exhibitor will be liable and responsible for the products being exhibited and for the actions of the individuals representing the company and/or products. While at the host site of the event, the NCDA & CS is not liable or responsible for any damages or additional costs the exhibiting company requires that have not been prearranged by the NCDA & CS. The NCDA & CS will be responsible only for the actions of its employees pursuant to North Carolina law.

Acceptance Agreement

By sumbitting this form I, the undersigned, have read and fully understand the “Flavors of Carolina” Application and the Rules and Regulations. As the undersigned, I authorize the participation of:

DEADLINE TO SECURE YOUR BOOTH: December 2, 2019

Phone calls/emails do not reserve booths. In the event of a sell-out, you will be placed on a waiting list. The show fee is NON-REFUNDABLE unless NCDA & CS cancels. No Exceptions. **Please keep a copy of the Application and the Rules & Regulations for your records.

Payment links will be emailed after approval of application. Please allow up to 7 days to receive approval notification and payment link.