Every March, the pizza world comes together for at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas to show off their wares and give away thousands of free samples. Couldn't make it? Don't worry, we brought a camera. The Expo may be more about dollars and cents, but that doesn't mean we didn't learn a ton about where pizza is going and the people behind the industry.
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We've been following this year's International Pizza Expo in great anticipation of the 2013 World Pizza Games. The competition features a range of obscure categories that are just completely out-of-control awesome. Sure, there's the usual dough tossing (feel free to chime in on our poll), but there are also performances in freestyle acrobatic dough tossing, fastest dough, largest dough stretch, fastest pizza box folding, and a real, live pizza triathlon.
Hordes of pizza fanatics are poised to invade Las Vegas on March 19 for the 29th Annual International Pizza Expo. I just have one question...
Most of us who read Slice are interested in the glorious craft of pizza making, but the truth is it wouldn't exist if it wasn't a gigantic industry. The latest stats tag the American pizza industry's value at $39 billion. Any industry this large has multiple trade shows, but there's only one place where pizza professionals can see all the latest in pizza products / technology: The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. I just returned from it last week.