The Fancy Food Show is the leading show for the industry for companies to show off their new products to the consumers and theres TONS of free samples. Its just cool to see whats new and happening in the industry quicker then most people can. Its in NY for the 54th time (June 29 - July 1, 2008 - Jacob K. Javits Center) and the 34th time in San Fran, CA (January 18-20, 2009 - Moscone Center)
You do have to buy tickets ahead of time.
Heres the website for more information:Fancy Food Show