5 Must-Know Tips for Seafood Expo North America (2019)
So, you’ll be attending the Boston Seafood Show. That’s great news! With over 1300 exhibitors and around 20,000 attendees, Seafood Expo North America is a great place to find new suppliers, meet potential customers, and get the pulse of what is going on in the seafood industry today. Seafood Expo North America will take place March 17-19, 2019 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
If this is your first time attending the Boston Seafood Show (and even if you are a seasoned veteran), here are five tips you must know before attending this March:
1. Prepare for every kind of weather
If you have never been to Boston in March, you should know how unpredictable the weather can be. It could be sunny and 65 degrees. But it could also be an apocalyptic nightmare blizzard like the Boston Seafood show of 2018.
Don’t get caught off guard when the forecast says sun and you get hit with torrential downpours or a snowstorm. Bring warm winter clothing just in case. You don’t want to have to drop 150 dollars on a new winter coat at Macy’s when the weather turns bad. Layering and flexibility in your wardrobe are a necessity.
2. Expect a long taxi line leaving the show
If you are going to stand in line for a taxi in front of the exhibit hall, you will be waiting an hour or more. Thousands of attendees and only one taxi line means you’ll be waiting for an hour between 1 and 6 PM.
If your hotel has a shuttle (and we recommend you book a room that has a shuttle), you should find out where the shuttle will do pickups later in the afternoon, and how frequently. From your hotel you can get a ride to dinner or to any evening meetings you might have.
The convention center is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Part of their contract with the Taxi companies means they don’t allow Uber or Lyft pickups at the convention center. Some people have had success requesting a pickup from the Westin next-door. From personal experience, you can always get an Uber at the back-side of the Westin on D Street.
3. Make hotel and restaurant reservations early
You don’t want to choose between a 600-dollar hotel room or one that’s 15 miles from the convention center. Once you register for the show, it is time to make a reservation. Use this link to find SENA-aligned hotels with shuttle service.
Similarly, many of the nice restaurants in Boston will have reservations fill up a month in advance. Unless you want to eat dinner at 3:30 or 9:30, you’re going to want to book a reservation for any of the top restaurants. This is especially true if you are taking a client out to dinner. Nobody wants to look unprepared and unprofessional when the stakes are high.
4. Try a classic Boston seafood restaurant
While we are on the subject of restaurants, we recommend you try some local Boston seafood. It is, after all, a seafood show. And Boston has some of the world’s finest lobster, scallops, and finfish.
After asking several industry vets, over and over we heard to check out Del Frisco Steakhouse or Legal Seafood for fine cuisine. They are located right next to the convention center on the waterfront.
Want to try some genuine Boston seafood on a budget? Head a few blocks north over to Luke’s Lobster Seaport and get a budget-friendly New England seafood specialty – a lobster roll for less than 20 dollars.
5. Wear comfortable shoes
If you want to see most of the exhibiting companies, you will want to wear comfortable footwear. Invest in a good pair of shoes and wear them in the months prior to the show. Don’t wear shoes that will give you blisters on the way to coat check.
Get ready for a lot of walking; the Boston seafood show is big. We did the math: at 37 aisles and 477 feet wide (2018), you would need to walk 18,126 feet to see every exhibitor. That is over 3.4 miles or 5.5 kilometers!
Blue Star Foods produces and sells premium quality and responsibly sourced crab meat. We proudly work to improve oceans and fishing communities.
Come visit us this year in Boston! Our booth number is 1105.
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