Equipment Extravaganza

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A look at the foodservice equipment industry’s biggest trade show, coming this month to Anaheim, California.

Wednesday, February 18
6–8 p.m. | Kick-Off Party
Thursday, February 19
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Show Floor Open
Friday, February 20
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Show Floor Open
Saturday, February 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Show Floor Open
7–11 p.m. | After-Show Party

Food News Media spoke with officials at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers about what attendees can expect from this year’s event.

What is the purpose of the NAFEM Show?

The NAFEM Show features foodservice equipment and supplies from 500-plus manufacturers. At the show, attendees will experience a wide range of foodservice equipment and supplies for food prep, cooking, storage, and table service. Attendees will see new products with a focus on innovation, and have opportunities to engage with a vibrant community of foodservice professionals.

How would you recommend that first-time visitors experience the show?

First-time attendees should prepare in advance to maximize their time at the show by exploring exhibitors before arriving. NAFEM launched a series of videos in early January to help attendees prepare for the show in advance and better navigate the show when they arrive in Anaheim. These videos can be excellent resources for first-time attendees. The NAFEM Show mobile app also launched last month, and allows attendees to request appointments with exhibitors and plan their experience in advance.

Both first-time and returning attendees are encouraged to follow The NAFEM Show on social media for the latest updates. Check out and

What’s new at the show this year?

The WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL! galleries take a new approach to sharing innovation and trends with attendees. They showcase the hottest, coolest, and freshest innovations in foodservice equipment and supplies today. Four galleries are spread across The NAFEM Show floor, each highlighting a different industry trend impacting operators.

Aside from the exhibits, what are some can’t-miss opportunities for attendees this year?

The NAFEM Show offers two can’t-miss networking events, one to kick off the event and one to conclude the conference, and attendees can purchase tickets while registering. The Kick-Off Party on Feb. 18, from 6–8 p.m., is a casual, outdoor reception. The After-Show Party, on Feb. 21 from 7–11 p.m., will feature a dinner reception and live concert with three-time Grammy winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band. The closing party is also available to all show participants.


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