DALLAS— The Dallas Market Center’s Gourmet Market will be marking its 30th anniversary at the 2018 summer edition of the Total Home + Gift Market, set to take place from June 20 to June 26, here. To celebrate the occasion, there will be a 30th anniversary party on June 21 to be held in the location directly following the Gourmet Gold Award Ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m.
The Gourmet Market will also see an influx of new exhibitors at the summer market. These companies include a variety of gourmet foods, even ones for furry friends as pet is a growing business opportunity at retail. Housewares, too, will also be represented in the Gourmet Market section of the market, and will include the introduction of new kitchen tools, gadgets and cutting boards.
New exhibitors for this edition of the Total Home + Gift Market are The Doggie Express; Doc and Arties; Web Stores; La Casita Hot Sauce; For His Glory Cutting Boards; Piper & Leaf; J Welch Farms; Hunter’s Reserve; Spokandy; Rae Lou’s; The Salad Spice Company; Mills Gourmet; Skip’s Mix; and PG Fondues.
The 9th Annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards will also be held at Dallas Market Center during the Total Home + Gift Market. The Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, sponsored by GOURMET INSIDER®, celebrates manufacturers in the gourmet products industry exhibiting at Dallas Market Center. Food entries are judged based on taste, originality, and packaging. Judging will take place on June 21 and winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony and cocktail reception on June 22, in the World Trade Center Atrium at 6 p.m.
The Dallas Market Center also reconfigured some of its temporary neighborhoods for the summer market in an ongoing effort to make shopping temps in Dallas as convenient and productive as possible, according to the Market Center.
“We have created defined neighborhoods where buyers can find like-minded exhibitors and products to choose from, streamlining the experience shopping the Dallas Market Center Temps and helping buyers find exciting new resources they may have missed in past markets,” said Cole Daugherty, svp/marketing and communications, Dallas Market Center.
The Trade Mart 2500 Housewares Neighborhood, too, is continuing to grow, according to the Market Center. With more than 300 housewares lines, companies that will showcase new goods include Hammer Stahl, Wüsthof, Le Creuset, Dexas and Zwilling JA Henkels.
Both HTI Buying Group and GC Buying Group will be have showrooms on-site during the summer edition of the market, bringing retailers from across the country together for meetings and product scouting opportunities.