Last updated on March 9th, 2016 at 01:47 pm
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and musician Joey Kramer will serve as keynote speakers at the New England Food Show (NEFS), sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA), which begins Sunday, March 13.
Kramer will kick off the show at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith, launched his own 100 percent USDA Organic Certified coffee line, Rockin’ & Roastin’ in 2012.
Baker will speak at 12:45 p.m. Monday. He will discuss restaurateurs, chefs, farmers and leaders who bring fresh, healthy and hearty food to tables—and their impact on the region’s culture and economy.
This year marks a fresh start for the NEFS, as the MRA has a new partner in the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The MRA is the first state association to unite with the NRA on a regional trade show.
The 2016 NEFS will run through Tuesday, March 15, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston. The event brings together the New England restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry and showcases products from agriculture, meat, poultry and seafood, food and beverage, tea and coffee and the wine and spirits industries.
Some differences this year will be an entire exhibit hall dedicated for the show and a more visible entrance from the Summer Street front entrance of the BCEC. There also will be more available parking in the main parking lot at the rear of the BCEC.
Some other show highlights will include the Greater Boston Culinary Kick Off at 3:45 p.m. March 13; a Star of the Bar Mixology competition (semifinals at Empire from 6-8 p.m. March 13 and finals March 14 at the NEFS Center Stage); MRA Awards Dinner on March 14; eight additional culinary demonstrations by area chefs over the course of the three days; US Foods’ Food Fanatics Live Roadshow; and an alcohol pavilion featuring exhibitors from the beverage alcohol and supply industries.