Food Fete


Food Fête


NOTE: After 13 years, Food Fête has brought our media events business to a close to explore new event models.  Thanks to everyone for their support!

Food Fête is an exclusive, intimate event that introduces food PR and marketing professionals to a targeted group of top food writers.

Exhibitors showcase their newest food, beverage and kitchenware products in an intimate, cocktail party setting. In just two to three hours, meaningful conversations naturally unfold. Social media profiles give way to, well, genuine social interactions.

Food Fête’s original mission in 2005 was to become the press event for launching new products to the food media. As 2016 marks our 12th year, we’ve accomplished that and more. Food Fête has evolved into an essential industry touch point where new food products and the food press intersect.

We take that responsibility very seriously.

Jeff Davis

Food Fête’s founder, Jeff Davis, is a former PR guy who spent more than two decades counseling clients at his own PR firm and other top agencies. He knows firsthand the PR challenges facing food brands and their agencies, plus what it takes to shape a story for journalists.

That matters.

Having produced more than 35 Food Fête events since 2005, Jeff has researched thousands of food companies, giving him an expert perspective on the food industry. He finds the very best products that guide changing food trends, a key reason why press keep coming back.

Finally, working with Food Fête delivers a rare, personal experience. Jeff promptly answers your calls, quickly responds to your emails and guides you every step of the way in order to exceed expectations.

That also matters.


“Food Fête events offer a fun, cost-effective venue to introduce culinary products and cultivate national media relationships. But remember to come hungry!”

Sunshine Morrison
Radiance Communications

For Exhibitors

Food brands and their agencies participate in Food Fête to discover and create opportunities.

They want to share their newest products with editors they’ve known for years as well as food writers they might only know through emails and phone calls.

The exhibitor experience sets Food Fête apart, starting with our upscale venues and cocktail party vibe. We ditched the 6-foot skirted tables for elegant cocktail rounds to better showcase the products. Our martini and wine bars keep things lively. And in the end, it all comes together to create a casual, fun environment where conversation and interaction flows.

Who attends? We consistently attract food writers and producers from national TV networks, food and lifestyle magazines, websites and blogs including All You, Good Housekeeping, The Dr. Oz Show, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Food & Wine, Food Network/Cooking Channel, Food Network Magazine, Food Politics, Health, and SELF.


 “There has always been a great representation of top tier press. This is the preeminent event for food companies to connect with media movers and shakers.”

Rachel Kay, President
Rachel Kay Public Relations

For Press

For our media guests, Food Fête identifies and presents the newest, trend-setting food products from 20 to 50 makers, including those from artisanal food start-ups as well as familiar national brands.

We recognize that food journalists and bloggers today must do more with less time. So, we streamline what might otherwise be a crammed schedule of dizzying desk side briefings into a concise, comfortable event.

Media depart Food Fête having learned something new and having made connections with product experts who become invaluable sources down the road.

The fact that it’s a lively cocktail party is a bonus.


“Food Fête carefully curates its exhibitors and presents a more intimate environment where I can get to know the producer and products.”

C. Curtis Vreeland, President
Vreeland & Associates

2018 Event Schedule

Food Fête is pivoting our business away from a product showcase event format for earned media, toward a series of new events with different formats and purposes.  Follow us on social media for updates as they become available. 

“The format is well designed to offer face time with leading consumer lifestyle and food media, and our clients have earned marquee coverage as a result. Jeff also goes above and beyond to make the event a success and continues to be professional, accommodating and a pleasure to work with.”

Duo Public Relations


Food Fete is Being Reinvented

The Best is Yet to Come

Between 2005-’17, Food Fete was the first and standard-setting media event that showcased new specialty food & beverage products to top food editors and bloggers. PR agencies liked how we helped them better serve their clients, and brands with limited PR resources got access to  influential food writers.

Last summer, I announced Food Fete was coming to a close, but things change. I’ll soon be announcing the first of several new Food Fete-branded events in 2018 that I believe will better meet a changing industry landscape, address more business problems, and reach more people.

Food Fete loyalists may not recognize our events going forward, however, I believe the new level of value we’re creating will go far beyond press relationships to the heart of what small-to-medium sized food companies need most right now.

If you’re not following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, I hope you will, and if we’re not connected on Linkedin, invite me to connect if you believe we have genuinely shared interests.

Change is good, so join us on this new ride!

– Jeff Davis, Founder

Food Fete Update


Creating Food Fête 2.0. Plotting a Course for Self-Disruption and Re-Invention.

When the doors opened to the first Food Fête media event in January 2005, we created a new category of PR service that connected specialty food, beverage and kitchenware brands with the food media in a fun and very productive, 2-3 hour event.

Our value propositions have always focused on relationship building and offering food brands the opportunity to show their newest products to the food media, with the ultimate objective of achieving earned media coverage.

But technological advances and evolutions in the media landscape over the past several years have pushed me to take a fresh, yet critical look at how my 13 years of industry and media relationships can better serve food brands and the agencies that represent them.

The result is an exciting opportunity to disrupt my own company and re-invent the very category I had a hand in creating.

While it’s full steam ahead with our 2017 events, 2018 is poised to be a year of radical change for Food Fête — change I believe will excite food PR agencies and their clients because what we’re looking to create will better map to the shift in how they work with traditional media, bloggers and digital influencers to generate earned and paid editorial content of all varieties.

Though still in the ideation and research phase, Food Fête’s new direction has the potential to turn what we’ve been doing on its head, not only for brands and agencies, but also for bloggers and influencers looking for new opportunities to monetize their hard work and network of loyal followers.

For those in my closest circle of industry contacts, I may be reaching out to you in the coming weeks and months for input and feedback to ensure Food Fête 2.0 hits all the marks. If you’re interested in having your say in what comes next, drop me a line and I’ll include you among those we’ll be contacting when the time is ready.

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“Food Fête is a go-to event and one that allows me to meet and discuss why new products are being created all the time.”

Jeff Dryfoos, Publisher
Dessert Professional Magazine


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