I’m not sure what differentiates a fancy food from a regular food, but if I had been in San Francisco over the past few days, maybe I’d know. The 2010 Winter Fancy Food show just wrapped up, and a panel of food experts surveyed the more than 80,000 products being displayed and noticed a few trends.

Top on the list of trends? Good-for-you-foods. Imagine that. Foods that are good for you are trendy. I’d like to know exactly which showcased foods were considered good for you. Were they pre-packaged processed foods that made healthy claims on the packages or were they honest-to-goodness whole foods?

I searched around for a list of last year’s top five food trends at the show, but I wasn’t able to find one. I’d like to think that good-for-you-foods trend every year.

Rounding out the top five food trends spotted at the Winter Fancy Food Show are coconut, gluten-free, exotic citrus and nostalgic foods.

There will be a Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on June 27-29. Maybe I’ll have to hop on the train and check out what is considered fancy food and good-for-you-food at our country’s largest specialty food and beverage event.

Has anyone ever been to one of these fancy food shows? I’d love to hear what you think of them. 

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