With National Pizza Day recently past (it was February 9, so if you missed it, go grab a slice to make up for it), many people are beginning to pay attention to the next big pizza event – the Pizza Expo 2018. This year the expo is from March 20 to 22, but the doors open a day earlier for those preparing exhibitions. Taking place in the bright and rousing Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s expo is certain to be memorable in more ways than one.
While people are enjoying themselves, enjoying the sites, smells, and tastes of this delicious expo, there will be people in the background making sure that the final products are ones that showcase what a pizza maker can do. The people in the kitchen are the ones who will really make or break the expo because the best pizza needs a reliable oven and chef.
What to Look For
It seems like the Pizza Expo grows every year, and this year is no exception. With three days to focus on one of the most popular foods in the US, you are going to want to make sure you visit some of the most innovative and attention grabbing booths. This is why you want to keep an eye out for something new at the expo – the Pizza Today Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award is for people under 40 who own and operator their own business. All of the finalists will have been brought in and will be showing off what has made them so successful in this highly competitive industry.
Participants love the International Pizza Challenge. Considered one of the things that people look forward to every year, this challenge brings in people from all over the world. Without a doubt, this challenge is one of the most prestigious in the country and gives you a change to eat some world-class pizza.
If you would like more details about the expo, you can download their Pizza Expo app. This handy little app will help you navigate the scene and find the booths that you are most interested in visiting.
Check out one or more of the over 80 seminars, demos, and workshops to see what is going on and what you may need to do to up your pizza game. There will also be more than 1,400 booths, so you are going to be busy for the full three day expo.
The Best Ovens to Check Out
There are two critical aspects to making a great pizza – the ingredients and the oven. If you have fantastic ingredients, but an unreliable oven, you are not going to get the quality pizza you want, not matter how fresh those ingredients are. The Pizza Expo helps to highlight that with some highly innovative ovens with some of the latest features every year.
The ovens that tend to steal the show are the gas ovens, not only because they are incredibly energy efficient (something you need when you make hundreds or thousands of pizzas a day), they tend to come with some of the best innovation has to offer. No matter what list you look at, pizza is always in the top 5 for most eaten or favorite foods in the US. From parties to takeout to home-made pizza, most Americans consume pizza on a weekly basis. That is why ovens are often made with pizzas in mind. This expo helps to show off just how far the gas oven has come at producing some of the best pizza on the market. Many of the ovens used at the expo are gas ovens, making the pizza almost perfect.
Oven manufactures have a large presence at the Pizza Expo because of this. If you are looking to improve your product, then you will want to make time to stop by several of these booths so that you can get the latest information. If you haven’t looked into a new oven the past five years, you will have a lot to learn, so plan to spend at least a few hours chatting with some of the oven manufacturers to get an idea of just how far they have come. Make sure to create a list of questions, including finding out how much you can save in energy consumption on average.
The Pizza Expo 2018 will include more than 540 exhibitors, ranging from locals to major international businesses, there is going to be a lot for you to visit.
If you are interested in checking out some of the oven manufacturers, here are some details to help with your planning:
- BE&SCO Manufacturing, booth 2431
- The Montague Company, booth 3506
- Wild Flour Bakery LLC, booth 650
- AutoFry/MultiChef – MTI Products, booth 467
- AM Manufacturing Company, booth 643
- Earthstone Ovens, Inc., booth 567
- Edge Ovens, booth 105
- Fire Within, booth 2129
- HarbisonWalker International, booth 2933