The Fancy Food Show starts today, but Specialty Food Week's inaugural celebration kicked off yesterday with two energetic events on Saturday, June 27 in Brooklyn, New York.

In its East Coast debut, the Good Food Mercantile brought together past winners of the Good Food Awards and members of the Good Food Guild with a mini trade show event in the industrial Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. Some 90 producers of cheese, charcuterie, ice cream, pickles, beer, and more filled the Pioneer Works space, an art, education, and event space with vaulted ceilings and brick walls punctuated with wide windows.

Makers were grouped by category, including oils, beer, coffee, honey, preserves, and more, with local favorites like Raaka Chocolate and Steve's Ice Cream, as well as plenty of producers from around the country, including Askinosie Chocolate from Missouri, Hot Cakes from Seattle, and California's Blue Bottle Coffee.

The semiannual Cheesemonger Invitational took the festivities into the evening, with the national competition's signature high-octane atmosphere driven by emcee Adam Moskowitz of specialty cheese importing company Larkin, whose warehouse in Long Island City, Queens, housed the event.

Here are some snapshots from the day's happenings.


Photos: Ric Camacho (Cheesemonger Invitational), Eva Meszaros (Good Food Mercantile)