As the industry shifts and swirls around the ever-evolving trends and creations within the industry, James Beard Foundation (JBF) has announced that its upcoming annual Food Conference will celebrate and explore the theme.
This October, attendees of the seventh JBF Food Conference will experience the theme Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement, in a two-day event.
“In a world of 24-hour news cycles and viral hashtags, we are so susceptible to trends and forever craving the next big thing,” said Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation. “By looking at other trend-focused industries and other social movements our esteemed speakers will present thought-provoking views to evaluate our appetite for change and answer the all-important questions: Is there a food movement, who is part of it, and what is it moving toward?’”
As experts from all industry realms prepare for the event, JBF is planning to explore the birth and subsequent span of trends as they spawn and influence food-systems. In a recent press release, the foundation announced that the conference will digest and discuss how the enthusiasm for a topic becomes a social movement.
Attendees of the conference can experience the following speakers and panelists:
This year’s event will also include the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards dinner and ceremony, which will take place the first night of the conference at Hearst Tower, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping. The ceremony will honor the following visionaries and influencers, who will also participate in the conference:
The Food Conference will be held at the Convene Conference Center in New York on October 17 and 18. Conference attendees are also invited to the official welcome reception, which will feature winners of the Blended Burger Project, at the James Beard House on October 16.
For registration information, and a list of funders for this year’s event, click here.