This was the third year of the show and it's most successful so far. Everybody felt that the show has now reached a maturity and gravity to pull a large audience. We had over 6.500 visitors to the event, a new record and a high number for such an exclusive event. Needless to say we are very happy, especially in this economy, and we feel very confident for future shows in an improved economical environment.

The idea for the show was always to provide a stylish environment for foodies to explore and enjoy new trends in food, wine and premium water and to seriously sample and taste the different offerings. The FineWaters Pavilion has been an integral part to the show since interception and this year was especially rewarding, talking to a large and very receptive audience, introducing many to the concept of Premium Bottled Water and the Bottled Water Etiquette. We had 9 people serving water behind the counter and explaining the different sources, regions and taste experiences to our audience, many of whom have never experienced a water tasting. Thanks to Hawaiian Springs's PR, we also had success with media coverage. I am happy to report a very good article in one of the well read AOL food blogs: Slashfood - Meet the World's Water Sommelier

Here are some of the key concepts of our presentation:

Water is not Water

Water is not a commodity with uniform characteristics. Water is a natural un-processed product that reflects geology and origins. Many different sources create a wide variety of drinking experiences (spring, artesian, ice berg, rain, well, ...). Water has terroir in the same way as wine, chocolate, olive oil, and many other food & beverage products

Bottling Water: Conserving a Natural Product

The experience of drinking the water from the bottle should be as close as possible to drinking the water at the source. A gentle bottling of the water is the only way of sharing the source experience with consumers. Premium bottled water is unique and natural and the bottling process respects that.

Enjoying Water as a Natural Product

Bottled Water from a natural source is the next wine, it deserves attention, it can be matched with food and a bottled water etiquette applies. Every kind of water has its appropriate mode of delivery, for hydration purposes, tap and water fountains are a good source and for the epicurean experience, the perfect match could be a very special water.
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Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013 and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020.
Water is turning into wine. The same culture that surrounds the production and consumption of wine is emerging around water. Water competitions akin to wine competitions are now held.
NY Times Science
Earth is old. The sun is old. But do you know what may be even older than both? Water.
Salt Science
Washington Post declares that unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.

History Bottled Water
Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from? Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth.
History Bottled Water
This website appeared first in 2004 and the concept of considering water at the same level as wine and food as a natural product was still new and foreign to many.