February 5, 2020
Pizza Expo 2020 is taking shape and about to take flight in Vegas
What brings more than 10,000 pizza professionals together under one roof to learn, grow and celebrate? International Pizza Expo, of course!
The 2020 installment of the world’s largest pizza show will run March 30-April 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There, for a handful of jam-packed days, more than 500 exhibiting companies will display their wares and services on a show floor that is nearly the size of eight football fields. It’s a giant, bustling marketplace where tomorrow’s winning ideas are born.
The event is part-networking, part-educational, part-party and all business! Everyone who’s anyone in this industry is at Pizza Expo.
“At Caliente Pizza & Draft House the countdown is always on for Pizza Expo, literally,” says Pittsburgh pizzeria owner, show attendee and Expo speaker Nick Bogacz. “Three years ago I went to the Expo for the first time with my three managers. We were like kids in a candy shop taking in all of the vendors and watching all the competitions. We gained many ideas that we wrote down in our notebooks and brought back with us. We purchased some equipment at show pricing, which is easily the best pricing of the year for many vendors. We loved the seminars and learned a lot that we used when we got home. We left Vegas rejuvenated and counting down ‘til the next year.”
The advance registration fee for International Pizza Expo 2020 from now until March 30 is $190. On-site registration is $250. So those looking to save a bit of cash would be wise to sign up now. Also, consider bringing a large crew of managers and employees with you, says show director Bill Oakley. Discounted rates may be available to groups of 10 or more.
“Bringing some valued employees and managers with you is a wonderful idea,” Oakley says. “It’s a great perk to offer key members of your staff. It also allows you to divide and conquer to cover more of the show. Take a look at the seminar and demonstration lineup in your attendee show guide or on the International Pizza Expo app and delegate tasks to your staff. Let them know which ones you want each individual to attend so that you can compare notes later.”
New at this year’s show is the introduction of a new competition. The International Italian Sandwich Championship, limited to the first 30 entrants, will take place on the show floor in the World Pizza Games area. The winner will be crowned a World Champion and receive $2,000 in prize money and a trophy. Second and third places will take home $500 and $200, respectively.
“It’s an interesting new twist to our already-exciting slate of competitions,” says Jeremy White, Pizza Today Editor-in-Chief and Pizza Expo’s Director of Seminars and Conferences. “I’m sure we’ll see some fresh new faces bringing in new twists on old classics as well as pushing some boundaries.”
Speaking of comps, the International Pizza Challenge will have five divisions — traditional, non-traditional, pan, pizza Napoletana and Roman. In all, more than 200 competitors will make pies that will be presented to a panel of judges and awarded points based on crust, sauce, overall taste and visual presentation. In the non-traditional and pan divisions, creativity points will also be awarded.
This year’s keynote speakers are Anthony Falco and Ken Forkish, two exciting pizza pros with legendary approaches. Falco, a renowned International Pizza Consultant, first learned pizza making from his Sicilian grandmother before perfecting his craft Roberta’s in NYC. Forkish, the owner of Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken’s Artisan Pizza and Trifecta Tavern & Bakery in Portland, Oregon, is the author of the James Beard award-winning book “Flour Water Salt Yeast.” Both speakers will dazzle the Expo crowd with their stories of pizza triumph!
“We’re excited to bring these two to Las Vegas and know their speeches will inspire, educate and invigorate the attendees of the show,” says Oakley. “You won’t want to miss either one.”
To stay tuned to the latest updates between now and the show, check out PizzaExpo.com. Additionally, the show’s mobile app will be available in March. Check for it on the Apple Store or Google Play by searching “Pizza Expo App 2020.”Read More ›