Before the crack of dawn tomorrow, I will leave home to fly to New Jersey to attend Kosherfest, the largest kosher food convention. I am looking forward to tasting all the new products that are going to be offered to the kosher consumer in the coming months. I love the ability to speak face to face with our suppliers; we rarely do more than email or talk on the phone. I enjoy the excitement and energy that permeates the huge convention hall as buyers and sellers interact. If I was not so busy looking for wonderful new items to showcase on our website, I would love to sit and people watch.
I would not be honest if I did not admit that stuffing my face was not an integral part of why I love the show so much. I go to several food shows every year and I enjoy them all. But Kosherfest is special. I can eat anything that appeals to me. I might have to organize my show schedule to exclude any meat products until after I have sampled the dairy ones, but I can eat those meat products! All the other shows I attend carry just a small sampling of kosher products; the majority are traif. I must wade through an enormous sea of nonkosher items to find the kosher gems.
At Kosherfest, I can indulge. Cream cheese rugulach, yes please! Pizza wedges? hand me a napkin, Hot dogs in pastry dough? Move over and let me near them! Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard work and I come home with aching feet. I will be wearing my pedometer and will let you know how many miles I have walked in the two days of the show But I know that I have seen all there is to see and I will have lots of new items to present to you.
And best of all, I get to spend the weekend with my adorable grandson! What could be better!