Domestic Trade Shows Program
One avenue through which the Kentucky Department of Agriculture promotes Kentucky food companies and their products is through the participation in approved tradeshows both in and out of Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture subsidizes a portion of each participant's booth space to assist small to midsize Kentucky companies in the marketing of their products.
Domestic Trade Show Guidelines
Each participating company must be a member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. The Kentucky Proud Program identifies agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the Commonwealth. Companies are eligible to purchase space and request that funds be reimbursed for a portion of booth expenses. Reimbursement is contingent upon space and availability. Companies must meet eligibility requirements and products must be agricultural products that meet the guidlines of the Kentucky Proud Program. Participants are required to have a company representative in attendance to market their products. Each company must follow all show guidelines, fulfill all show requirements, and represent the Kentucky Proud Program with the utmost respect.
Prior to participating at a domestic trade show or event, companies must review the Rules and Requirements and must complete and submit the Agreement to Abide by Program Rules and Requirements, which can be found here. After the show or event, companies must complete and submit all parts of the Reimbursement Packet, which can be found here.
Approved Domestic Trade Shows
The following trade shows have been approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. Kentucky Proud members may be eligible for reimbursement for some booth fees at these shows. The reimbursement amount will differ for each show and will be based on a sliding scale fee structure. Please note that ALL reimbursements are given to vendors AFTER participation at the trade shows and AFTER all required documentation has been completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
**The following trade shows are approved for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2014. Please contact Alisha Morris at email@example.com for paperwork after the event.**
June 29-July 1, 2014 - Jacob Javits Center - New York City, NY
The 60th Summer Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association's (formerly NASFT), will take place June 29-July 1, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This is North America's largest specialty food and beverage event and products at the show include confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more. Connect with over 24,000 quality buyers at this event.
Companies who would like to exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show must be members of the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT). For more information, please visit www.specialtyfood.com/fancy-food-show/summer-fancy-food-show/.
July 8-15, 2014 - AmericasMart - Atlanta, GA
For more information, please contact Cigi Morrison at (404) 220-2262.
August 29-31, 2014 - Winchester, KY
Celebrating its 36th year, the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival brings some 30,000 visitors to the Winchester-Clark County area. This year's festival takes place Labor Day Weekend.
All applications for food vendors wishing to participate at this year's festival will be accepted online only. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be complete to be considered. If there are not enough spaces for all vendors who applied, the entry fee will be refunded. **All food vendor applications must be received by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.** Please click here for the online food vendor application.
Arts & Crafts is being sponsored by the Winchester Art Guild on August 30 & 31. **All craft applications must be received by Sunday, June 15, 2014.** Please click here for the online craft application. For more information on Arts & Crafts, please contact Elizabeth Chalfant at (859) 771-3607 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, please contact Winchester-Clark County Tourism at (800) 298-9105 or (859) 744-0556. You may also e-mail email@example.com.
September 5-7, 2014 - Danville, KY
The fourth annual Kentucky State BBG Festival will take place in Danville, Kentucky at Second Street and Constitution Square, September 5-7, 2014.
For more information, please contact Cindy Simmons at (859) 319-4000 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 11, 2014 - Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY
The annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show will take place October 11, 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's celebrity guest chef!
For more information, please visit www.incrediblefoodshow.com.
**The following trade shows are not eligible for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2014**
June 5-7, 2014 - Capital Plaza Complex - Frankfort, KY
A festival for the entire family, with three days of continuous fun and free entertainment at the Capital Plaza Complex in historic downtown Frankfort Kentucky ending with Rumble on the River, the Fireworks display, Saturday, June 7th at 10 p.m.
The deadline for food and top level vendor booths is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Please click here for the 2014 Vendor Application.
The deadline for the Arts & Crafts Application is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Please click here for the 2014 Arts & Crafts Application.
For more information on Food & Vendor booths, please contact Amanda Presley at (502) 320-9247. For more information on Arts & Crafts, please contact Sherri McMillin at (502) 695-1958 or Robin Johnston at (502) 695-6975.
The "Taste of Kentucky" Showcase at the 2014 HSFo Conference
July 28, 2014 - The Seelbach Hilton - Louisville, KY
Louisville has been selected to host the 2014 National Association of State Human Services Finance Officers (HSFO) Conference from July 27-August 1, 2014. The hospitality team is planning a Kentucky Proud Showcase - "A Taste of Kentucky" - on the evening of July 28, 2014.
There are approximately 30 slots available for food vendors, along with 10 slots for Kentucky wine, beer, and Bourbon. Food can range from hot hors d'oeuvres to cookies and candies. Items should be dropped off at the Seelbach Hilton between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Vendors will also have the opportunity to provide door prizes and small promotional items, coupons, and informational materials for bags that will be given to conference participants.
As a vendor, you will receive the following:
- Advertisement in the HSFo Program
- Vendor recognition on the plaque in the Hospitality Room the night of the event
- Name placards along with your promotional materials displayed along with your food/beverage item
- Participating vendors will be listed on the HSFo website with a link to the company's website
**There is no fee associated with having your products showcased at this event.**
For more information, please contact Karen Boden at (502-) 564-3703, Ext. 3791 or by e-mail at email@example.com. All vendors must confirm participation no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
August 14-24, 2014 - Kentucky Exposition Center - Louisville, KY
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