There’s this annual event in Baltimore each September that attracts foodies, chefs, grocers and other culinary who’s-who from far and wide. This incredible 3-day adventure is known as the Natural Products Expo East, or to those foodies in the Bmore area, it’s just “EXPO.” More than 23,000 attendees and 1,277 exhibitors filled the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD with the collective goal of bringing more health to more people. The event was produced by New Hope Natural Media from Boulder, CO.
If you’ve ever been to a usual expo, that takes up one large convention room, then you have some scope when I say that EXPO is literally five times that size. And it’s all natural foods, supplements, eco-home and beauty goods – all awesome stuff. The event lasts three days for a reason – you need a LOT of time to get through it all! There’s so much to see and just about every other booth is appealing. There are new products, fresh to the market and old favorites that you know and love. Everyone is showing off their wares and best-of-the-best stuff to impress buyers, media and experts.
Now, not everyone gets into EXPO. It’s costly – tickets start at $80-ish and go up from there, depending on who you are. We got in as volunteers for friends who had a booth. After we worked for four hours, we got badges and ran inside.
To say it’s overwhelming is a serious understatement. But even after walking down aisles and aisles of natural foods and other goodies, a few things rose to the top of the list. So each of the businesses below created a product we LOVED! We sampled many, many more than this. But these were the best of show winners in our book. Because each deserves their own love, we’re going to do more than post them on this single post.
We will be running a series of short posts, featuring each product individually, so you can learn more about them all!
The best-of-the-best stuff … in alphabetical order:
Choffey IC Dark (brewed chocolate beverage)
Color Garden (pure, natural food colors)
Daisey Fresh (fridge filter for veggies and fruits)
Emmy’s Organics (macaroons)
Ener-C Vitamin Drink Mixes
Higher Living Teas (tea bags)
MacroLife Naturals Superfood (powder drink mixes)
Mediterra Savory Snack Bars
Naturade Vegan Smart All-in-One Nutritional Shakes (powder drinks mixes)
Neat Egg (vegan egg substitute)
The Piping Gourmets (vegan and GF whoopie pies)
Primal Pit Paste (deodorant)
SugaVida (plant-based B12 food/supplement)
TeaPops (Frozen tea & juice treats)
Tolerant Foods (bean-based pastas)
TracHealth Kombucha (powdered, portable drink mix)
Stay tuned and be sure to look for these awesome products online and (hopefully) at a store near you soon!
Be sure to check out the Natural Products Expo East in 2015 – it’s worth it, whatever you have to do to get in! EXPO 2015 is scheduled to take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 16-19, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.