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30 Unfancy Things From the 2011 Fancy Food Show

Yes, there is bacon-flavored oxygen.
Yes, there is bacon-flavored oxygen.
[Photos: Amy McKeever/]

The 2011 Summer Fancy Food Show kicked off yesterday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, which was packed with vendors selling 180,000 trend-setting food products. There was oil galore (coconut oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, olive oil...), meats, salsas, popcorn, chocolate, and tastings of everything from mezcal to craft beer. Italy put the rest of the countries to shame just in the sheer size of its multi-row pavilion that took up about a quarter of the convention center's lower level. José Andrés, Rick Bayless, and Cat Cora were in the house either stationed at booths or wandering among them.

But that's not all there is to the Fancy Food Show. Most importantly, there are funny signs and publicity stunts! Like, say, a pop-up restaurant, bacon-flavored air, or an Obama impersonator hawking hummus and falafel. We combed the convention center for the 30 most exciting moments in maybe-fancy foods. Onto the gallery!

—Amy McKeever

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