There are two catering companies that service this event based on your booth location. Please reach out to these contacts with any questions or needs that you have in relation to food sample preparation, ice orders, washing facilities, etc.
Booths in MCC Steinbeck and Serra Ballrooms
Phone: +1 (831) 647-4058
Booths in DeAnza Ballroom
Portola Hotel and Spa
Phone: +1 (831) 649-7879
- Sampling Rules:
Exhibitors are permitted to sample from their booths, but we strongly advise samples be prepackaged or placed in a sealed to-go container (or at least offered) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Booth personnel serving samples must wear gloves. Masks are encouraged but not required (regulations are subject to change based on local health agencies).
- Order Deadline:
Orders that are placed after July 11, 2022 may incur an additional charge.
- Heat Producing Devices:
Exhibitors are ONLY allowed to use electric hot plates for cooking in their booths. Deep fryers and propane are prohibited on the show floor. Please review the fire regulations for more information. If you need additional assistance with prepping your samples, please contact the appropriate catering sales manager for additional information.
- Quantity of Samples:
If you will be serving samples in your booth, plan to serve between 100-200 sample size servings during the show.
- Safe Food Handling:
IFPA has never had a case of foodborne illness linked to distribution of food products on the expo floor. To maintain this record, we have established requirements for food service by exhibitors. Please review the Guidelines for Safe Food Handling for best practices in food safety in your booth. If you need washing facilities for your produce, please contact your catering sales manager
- Serve Alcohol In Your Booth:
Fill out the Request to Serve Alcohol form and submit it to email@example.com for approval. All alcohol must be purchased through and served by the catering company.
- Product for Your Booth:
Please pack product that you are using in your booth separately from product that you will ship to the catering company for preparation. Use the Perishable Shipping Label on each box. Boskovich is once again providing complimentary refrigerated storage. All booth display product will be delivered to your booth Friday morning unless otherwise requested.
- Catering Product Shipping:
If the catering companies are preparing samples for your booth, please send product directly to them. Each venue will provide a catering label for you to use once your arrangements are made.
- DO NOT mix catering product in with your booth shipment.
- DO NOT ship your booth display product to the catering company.
- Recommended Produce Supplier:
If you need assistance with pre-show storage, handling, or purchasing of product, you may reach out to our recommended produce supplier. It is not mandatory that you use the IFPA recommended produce supplier, but they are available to help facilitate the funneling of product to the show venue. For more information, please contact River Fresh Farms at +1 (831) 998-7072.