The Va Expo is still planned as scheduled and we look forward
to seeing you all Wednesday. Please travel safe!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Greater Richmond Convention Center

Mark your calendars for Virginia’s premier specialty food and beverage trade event of the year! Join trend setting specialty, gourmet,
grocery and beverage buyers, celebrity chefs, restaurateurs and gourmet food writers on March 21, 2018 in Richmond and discover hundreds
of Virginia specialty foods and beverages on display, including the newest trends in the industry. 175 or more Virginia exhibitors are expected, and
you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with company owners. There is no
fee for trade buyers or journalists to attend, and even better: you’ll encounter
fantastic show floor specials to help improve
your bottom line. Don’t miss this exciting trade event – it only happens once every other year!

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and VistaGraphics, Inc.,
the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo connects industry buyers with Virginia specialty food and beverage products.


The Expo returns after a two-year hiatus and just wait until you see the newest Virginia products hitting the market. This popular trade event connects buyers representing grocery stores, restaurants and gift shops directly with Virginia specialty foods and beverages.


Showcase and sample your products in front of key decision makers who are ready to place orders on the show floor. Past shows have attracted up to 1,000 – 1,500 attendees. Plus, consider entering one of your products in the Best New Product Awards contest.


This is the show of the season for Virginia’s specialty food and beverage industry. There is no cost for buyers or members of the media to attend. Find the hottest food trends in Virginia and uncover moving stories about Virginia’s entrepreneurial spirit.


Know someone who should attend or exhibit at Expo 2018? Use this handy event brochure to help you answer any questions you may have. As soon as we have the new Exhibitor Guide for 2018 ready, will will post it here.


Virginia Food & Beverage Expo 2018 has partnered with area hotels to secure reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip to Richmond as affordable as possible. Click the link below to find a hotel that suits your needs.


Online registration is now open! There is no registration fee for buyers or members of the media. If you’re a Virginia specialty food or beverage producer, this is one of the premier showcase events for your products.



frequently asked questions

Who can attend the Expo?

The Expo is open exclusively to food & beverage industry buyers, along with members of the media. 
There is no fee for buyers or media to attend.

How many Virginia exhibitors are expected?

175-200 vendors are expected, each showcasing, sampling and accepting orders.

Can you tell us more about the Best New Product Awards?

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services awards the Best New Product Diamond Award during the Virginia Food & Beverage Expo.  Products are evaluated on the basis of originality, taste/aroma, creative packaging and visual appearance. In addition to the Best New Product, awards are presented for the Best New Food Product and the Best New Beverage Product. At the last Expo, 63 new Virginia products were featured in the award competition. Popular food writers, editors, bloggers and chefs serve as judges. Click here to view past winners of Best New Product Awards.  The 2018 awards will be presented at 11 a.m. during the show.

Are children allowed?

No, we’re sorry, but no one under age 18, including infants, will be admitted onto the trade show floor.

Where do Buyers or Media members park?

Click here for a handy parking and directions guide to the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

How many buyers typically attend?

Recent shows have attracted 800 to 1,500 buyers from the specialty food and beverage industry.

Will there be direct selling on the show floor?

No direct sales, but product sampling will last throughout the day. Many vendors offer show specials, so be sure to ask about on-site order discounts.  Examples of show specials include: free products (baker’s dozen), price discounts on show orders, free or reduced shipping for a limited time, in-store demos and point-of-sale materials.

What type of businesses do attendees represent?

Gift, Gourmet, Natural and Specialty Shops, Grocery Stores, Supermarkets, Online retailers, Foodservice, including Restaurants, Hospitals, Hotels, Resorts, B&B’s, Inns, Schools, Museums, Wineries, and Distributors and Brokers.

And, if I’m a Virginia specialty food or beverage manufacturer, how do I select my Vendor exhibit booth space?

Refer to the floor plan for numbers.  Select a first, second and third choice and indicate those choices on the Exhibitor Registration Form.  We will do our best to accommodate your choices; however, we reserve the right to alter booth arrangements when unforeseen situations warrant it. Show management will finalize booth numbers closer to the show date. To learn more about becoming an exhibitor, click here. Note: Exhibitors must be Virginia companies (headquartered in Virginia) that grow, produce or process a food or beverage product. All products on display must be pre-approved by VDACS Office of Food Safety. All products must have a Virginia address on their label. Industry-related products or exhibitors are subject to show management approval.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018



Event Date:

March 21, 2018
10am - 4pm

Event Location:

Greater Richmond Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
403 N. Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219



Contact Information

Olivia Wilson
VDACS Office of Promotions

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Of Note:

Best New Product Awards
presentation at 11 a.m.

Not open to the public.
No one under 18 will
be admitted.

Contact Information

Lisa Lafoon Lloyd
VDACS Office of Promotions

Get in Touch with Lisa


Contact Information

Marshall Payne
VDACS Office of Promotions

Get in Touch with Marshall