Gift Picks for Dad

Specialty Food Makes Affordable Father's Day Gift

(New York, N.Y.) With Father's Day just a few weeks away, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade has assembled a list of food gifts designed to appeal to any Dad, whether he's a grill master, wine and cheese connoisseur or devoted snacker.

"Gifts Dad Will Devour," a new article on the NASFT's website for consumers, presents 19 distinctive Father's Day gifts. Suggestions include Char Crust Dry-Rub Seasonings, a trio of Pain is Good hot sauces in a caddy from Original Juan Specialty Foods, and dark chocolate cigars from Doral International.

For a new twist on neckties, has two picks: ties made of artisan chocolate from Woodhouse Chocolates, and real silk ties and bowties with food and wine motifs from Narsai's Specialty Foods.

"Specialty food is a great option as consumers look for affordable gifts," says Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. "We predict food will be a popular present this Father's Day."

Some 14 percent of American consumers gave the gift of specialty food last year, and 34 percent said they purchase it for a special occasion such as a holiday, according to NASFT research.

For more gift suggestions, the NASFT recommends selecting from among the 2010 sofiT Awards nominees for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year. These are 125 of the best of the best products across 33 categories, including Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip, Outstanding Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer, Outstanding Snack Food, and Outstanding Food Gift.

sofi Award honorees Dad might like include:

Q Tonic - Q Tonic tonic water
Wild Thymes Farm, Inc. - Thai Chili Roasted Garlic Dipping Sauce
Dulcet Cuisine - Mild Indian Curry Ketchup
Bella Pepper - Bella Diavolo hot sauce
Creminelli Fine Meats - Handcrafted Wild Boar Salami
Nutorious - Cranberry Organo Tango nut mix
Dancing Deer Baking Co.- Chewy Cookie Sampler

For mini profiles of each sofi Finalist and contact information, go to sofi Gold winners will be announced June 28 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to the NASFT's website for consumers, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, food entrepreneurs and artisans behind them.

Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115,
Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130,