View Photo Gallery: An estimated 180,000 products were on display at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during this summer’s Fancy Food Show.

You know the cliche about feeling like “a kid in a candy store,” that phrase dropped whenever you act all goofy by the wealth of choices around you? The Summer Fancy Food Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center left me feeling like a kid in a candy store about the size of the Boeing Everett Factory.

With an estimated 180,000 products on display — all of them seemingly cheeses or crackers or cookies (not that there’s anything wrong with that) — I often felt paralyzed by the volume of food to sample. If anything defines too much of a good thing, it’s the Fancy Food Show.

Finding the truly unique products takes time, more time than I had today. But I did sample a handful of things that were new (or semi-new) and unusual to me. Take a look after the jump.


Pati Jinich and her team in the Mexico section were griddling up pancakes to drizzle with the maguey sap, which has a sweet, almost citrusy flavor, far different from maple syrup. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)