Island Food Products shows tasty wares

Laura Burke of Steaz Green Tea Soda and Ann Sherwood of Fiji Water display their products. Photos by Susan Safford

By Tony Omer - May 4, 2006

Last Wednesday the conference rooms at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown were filled with 52 food vendors. They had covered long lines of tables with displays of fresh foods, beverages, and prepared foods, condiments, desserts, specialty items, and supplies. There were fresh meats and fish, sorbets and ice cream, soft-shelled crab, crab salads, lobster salads, oysters and clams on the half-shell, fancy pastas, cheeses, breads and pastries to die for, beef briskets and barbecued pork, lobster bisque and claim chowder, fancy cakes and finger foods galore with dips to match. There were beers and fancy designer waters, fruit juices and sodas, a brand-new 7-Up that is to be announced sometime later this month, decaffeinated beverages of all kinds, coffees, and even a caffeinated beer. There was a noticeable presence of regionally grown food and natural or organic products. Many of the companies represented were individual- or family-owned businesses. Most of the foods could be tasted. It was hard to know where to begin and even harder to know when to stop.

The event was the 18th annual spring Island Food Products (IFP) Food Show. IFP, located in Vineyard Haven, provides a food delivery service to Island restaurants.

Vie de France showcased pastries at the Island Food Products annual food show at the Harbor View Hotel last Wednesday.

"We are the only full-service food distributor based on the Vineyard, according to IFP co-owner Adam Bresnick. Jay Harper and Mr. Bresnick of IFP spent weeks organizing the event.

Mr. Bresnick said, "We like to show our customers what's behind IFP. The food show is a chance for customers to make and renew acquaintances with the names and faces behind the products they purchase and this gives them a chance to learn about new and exciting ideas in the industry."

Many Island entrepreneurs were seen renewing their relationships with each other as well.

Mr. Bresnick said that IFP expects to continue its relationships with all their present vendors and looks forward to being able to present new vendors and new products at next year's show.