After a night of sampling near 100-degree temps and New Orleans’s number one health food—the tall, icy Hurricane—and watching spontaneous street music (see full post), IFTD attendees were welcomed to the show floor by bagpipes. In N’awlins? It was quite a contrast to the alto sax, trombone and tuba still rang in our ears (see full post).
The show setting itself is pleasant, the space almost filled by exhibitors, and show organizers arranged for the New Products Showcase to be placed up near the entrance—a welcome change from years past. More than 250 new products line the shelves there, and as Angling Trade reports, that set a positive “vibe”.