Brooklyn's First Food Trade Show Hits Williamsburg Warehouse

By Meredith Hoffman on June 24, 2013 8:13am 

EAST WILLIAMSBURG — The borough's key lime pie-flavored marshmallows, Kombucha tea home brewing kits, kale chips, jerky, beer and popsicles are uniting under one roof for a day in a Williamsburg warehouse — and anyone can step inside.

Brooklyn's first food and drink trade show — called Brooklyn Eats and hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the site Edible — features more than 100 established and young vendors along with cooking demos and culinary speakers.

And the free daylong event on Flushing Avenue — with talks by renowned chocolatier "Mr. Chocolate" Jacques Torres and by the publisher of Edible Brooklyn — is already drawing such hype that some new local entrepreneurs are both thrilled and nervous at the show's scope.

The founder of Fred's Marshmallows, which launched earlier this year, considered the show a chance to share her diversely flavored sugary morsels "with the community in [a] big way."

"I feel very much like I'm jumping in the deep end by participating in Brooklyn Eats alongside so many established and well-respected local businesses!" said founder Karen Marshall. "I'm a little nervous, but excited...I also hope to steal a few minutes or so to go around trying samples at the other booths!"

To organizers, meanwhile, the event gives Brooklyn's booming food production scene a chance to finally assert its power.

"It's definitely time for a trade show in Brooklyn focused exclusively on the borough's talented tastemakers," said Stephen Munshin, publisher of Edible. "Eaters and drinkers are ready, and so are food and drink makers."

Brooklyn Eats is 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Wednesday on 630 Flushing Ave. More details and a full list of vendors can be found on the event's website.