"The exposure we gain from the Great Beer expo has historically been fantastic for us. We are a small operation and I am the entire sales team myself, so any opportunity to meet prospective accounts is invaluable to me. This year alone, I was able to open one new account immediately following the fest, as well as gain three more interested accounts which will be coming through in the coming days. To pair that with the exposure to the fans, the opportunity to highlight what sets us apart from other breweries, as well as getting some great press, this event continues to pay off dividends for us being a small business."
– Scott Wells, Sales and Events Manager, Bolero Snort Brewery
“The United Vapor Expo was a great event/show. It was well organized and ran professionally. The turn out was amazing, truly reflective on your advertising and promoting. If you are ever doing another show, please let me know as we would love to attend.”
– Jacki DeYoung, Rogue USA Mod & Atty Boy Cotton & Coil Sauce
“We have been working with Starfish Junction at many different events since 2009. We have always appreciated their attention to details, enthusiasm and effort to make sure the vendors and attendees have the best experience possible. We look forward to working with them for many more years.”
– Greg Martin, President, Long Ireland Brewing Company
“The team at Starfish Junction is amazing to work with. They have been supporting Cup For Education for over 10 years now and always go above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need to put on a successful fundraiser at the festivals. Their attention to details make the Coffee and Tea Festival a great experience for exhibitor and attendee alike.”
– Karen Gordon, President and Founder, Cup for Education
“I have had the great pleasure working with the Starfish Junction team for over 10yrs. They continue to produce some of the nation’s top beer festivals and have grown and expanded their portfolio into other great festivals. They always seem to have their finger on the pulse for producing great events. Their attention to detail from start to finish is a talent that many promoters and producers don’t always have. I have as well built a great personal relationship with their entire team and would recommend them to produce and promote any kind of event. They have a golden thumb and I really enjoy working with them. ”
– Jonathon McCurley, Director of Sales, Ticketfly LLC.
“Starfish Junction, their people and their events, are in a class by themselves. It is so clear that they genuinely want everyone involved to thrive. This is evident from the long-term relationships Starfish has with their vendors. From the event planning point of view, they are masters, from day-of logistics to venue setup to event promotion. I cannot say enough about these people. I am glad to call them friends and business associates.”
– John Murray, III, Owner, Kilwins Chocolates, Babylon & Patchogue, New York
“Since becoming the first Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association, it was important for us to create quality beer festivals around the state as fundraisers for our association. Starfish Junction Productions has been a partner to the NYSBA for many years, and it made complete sense to continue working with them, as they have always provided us tremendous help, not only with our events, but as a support system for many other needed services for our association.”
– Paul Leone, Executive Director, New York State Brewers Association
“As a vendor who discovered Starfish Junction just 3+ years ago, we did not realize that there really is an organization that puts the vendor first. Moving in and out of shows is a great deal of work but Starfish Junction personnel make it a pleasant, easy task. They are there to handle every need in order to ensure success at each and every show. This is all done with smiles, professionalism and steadfast organization. Our company has been successful at every show we have done with Starfish Junction which is why we now do 90% of shows with them only. If you want to succeed at shows, go with the tried and true "best of the best" -- Starfish Junction!!”
– Sue Katein, Owner/Partner, Full Spirited Flavours
“For many years I have had the opportunity to work with the gang at Starfish Junction Productions. You won't find a more experienced show producer in the Northeast, they are true professionals in every sense of the word – it is certainly a pleasure being able to do business with them!”
– Karen Houchens, Metro Marketing Concepts
“The Tea House Times has been a proud media sponsor of Starfish Junction's Coffee and Tea Festival since inception. Aside from our media partnership, our experiences with exhibiting and also speaking and presenting at CTF New York and Philly have always been positive. This show continually yields a great return on investment for us and others. And their team is not only a pleasure to work with, but they make the load-in and load-out procedure completely stress free. Highly recommended.”
– Gail Gastelu, Owner/Publisher, The Tea House Times
“Starfish Junction puts on the best events by far. The staff is awesome and we sell out every time with our empanada food truck, even in the rain!!”
– Roy Pelaez, Owner/Operator, Island Empanada Restaurants & Food Truck
“Kristyn makes pre-planning easy and painless but the best part of working with Starfish Productions is that their on-site staff provide exceptional service. Once on-site during the busiest of times there were volunteers taking trash and offering assistance. We felt taken care of."
– Amie Raskin, Sales Associate, Toby's Estate Coffee
“It's as simple as an email or phone call to Starfish…that’s all it takes for my content and graphics to get updated, for my customers to see, share, and enjoy professional content on various social media platforms. The team at Starfish Junction does it right! So happy I was introduced to them eight years ago. I highly recommend them."
– Eric Rifkin, Chef & Owner, Bobbique
“On behalf of Peak Organic, a big thank you for all the hard work you guys did for Saturdays event (The North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival). It was such a great festival, honestly one of the best I've ever been to. It was extremely well organized and well managed so I wanted to reach out and let you guys know how much we appreciate all the hard work. These events really help out our brewery and other small guys that don't have the huge marketing budgets that some of the big breweries do. So thanks again and hope to see you guys next year.”
– Zach, Peak Organic Brewing Co.
“After participating in trade shows for many years in this industry and others, this was my first consumer show. It was by far the most rewarding of the shows - received several wholesale leads, but also received feedback from our “true” customers. Instant feedback about what they liked, why, what else they are looking for is absolutely invaluable. Like a one day focus group!”
– Meg Schaefer, Sales Manager, Harrisons & Crosfield Teas
“We found the boutique setting of the event to be most appealing to both our Café La Paz team and the attendees. There was ample interaction with direct consumers, which was extremely refreshing and the best way to advertise, by direct word of mouth. The response to our product was no less than excellent, as we sold out within the first three hours of the show. We had to go to some of the local stores near the Metropolitan Pavilion that carry our product to buy it at retail price and bring it to the booth!!”
– Rafael E. Ascencio, President, Intermarket Sourcing LLC
"Entering into a new partnership with any organization is a tenuous and nerve racking proposition. When the Long Island Press first thought about producing an environmental expo we were cautiously optimistic about creating a partnership with Starfish Junction as we had the opportunity to witness their work with the Craft Beer Festival on Long Island and knew their work to be of a particularly high quality. Although the Long Island Press has hosted numerous events over the past several years, this expo was certainly our most ambitious project to date. From our first meeting together where the concept of the Green Living Expo was born through the expo itself we were stunned by the level of professionalism and wisdom the people of Starfish Junction brought to the table. I can say without hesitation that our partnership is the single best business relationship we have ever made and that the owners and employees of Starfish Junction are superb at what they do. They allowed us all to shine a little brighter during the Green Living Expo and made every vendor and attendee feel welcome and appreciated. They take customer service to an entirely new level and we’re proud to be associated with them."
– Jed Morey, Publisher, Long Island Press
“Great Big Thanks from all of us at SerendipiTea to the AMAZING Starfish Junction crew. Coffee & Tea Festival at Brooklyn Expo Center was a HUGE success this weekend! There's is no better show management around ~ you all make it sooooo easy & pleasant for all the exhibitors. Looking forward to next year!”
– Linda Villano, Owner, SerendipiTea
"The people at Starfish Junction are like friends & family with AMAZING marketing ideas! They took the time to understand my needs, defined my target audience and projected my company’s mission. By the time we were done we developed wonderful marketing materials and strategies that worked!"
– Jennifer Paretta, President & CEO, Simply Re-Gift It LLC
“The Coffee and Tea Festival proved one thing to me, shows like this exist for a very good reason and that is to connect the vendors to the buyers! I cannot tell you how many new accounts I have because of your show. I am now in 4 new teahouses with my teas because of that one show and am entertaining a myriad of other business opportunities such as interest (from two different parties) to invest in my company!
So, thank you, thank you, thank you! I got a real lift from the coffee and tea show (largely due to the overwhelmingly positive response I got from the tea drinking public and businesses). I realized that I occupy a niche in the tea world that is very special. This self- awareness gives me the confidence to forge ahead and conquer new territories with Tay teas.”
– Nini Ordoubadi, Owner, Tay Tea
"It was a pleasure to participate in the 2007 annual Coffee and Tea Festival. We are extremely impressed of the high caliber and excellence of the show. I have never seen an event that has been launched for merely two years to be running so smoothly. We salute you for an excellent show and we are looking forward to participating again in your 2008 festival. Congratulations for a job well done."
– Marcela Zuchovicki, Owner, Jalima Coffee
“We always look forward to exhibiting and working with Starfish Junction Productions--professional and good people all around. They have given us the opportunity to exhibit in N.Y.C. at an economical price, bring our tea products to the public, showcase our unique items and target the gourmet consumer. The Coffee and Tea Festival has given us the ability to direct market in a wholesale and retail environment. We made great contacts, last year we were able to close a huge deal with a national company!”
– Richard Boehm, President, Ceylon Treasures
"Starfish Junction has been monumental in our brand development. Andy, Lynda, and the entire crew work dilligently from concept to completion. We have worked together on print ads, PR, web design and development, and event planning--deadlines are met and expectations are exceeded."
– Drew Dvorkin, Owner, TJ Finleys
"I am writing to express the gratitude of our Fund and that of every firefighter serving communities across our nation. Due directly to the support of yourself and the staff of Starfish Junction, our Fund has been exposed to numerous corporations. Such exposure has lead to financial sponsorships from several major companies including Jim Beam Bourbon and Miller Brewing Company. Additionally, we have received support from Hook & Ladder Brewery, Martha Clara Vineyards, and Federal Shield Security to name but a few. None of this would have been possible without the support, exposure, and friendship shown by your company.
Your help in our fundraising efforts has resulted in the direct purchasing of needed firefighting equipment and safety gear that will assist firefighters in the difficult mission of fire service. More importantly, the purchase of this equipment will save lives. Therefore, your assistance will save lives.
From all of us at the Terry Fund and for the thousands of firefighters who you will never meet but most certainly will affect, thank you. It seems so little to say to an individual and company who have done so much."
– Brian Farrell, Chairman, Terry Farrell Fire Fighters Fund
“I want to send you a note of thanks for all that you do especially with the craft beer community. I have participated in many Starfish Junction events and they are all incredibly organized and run with complete professionalism. As a brewery representative Starfish Junction always provides us with all the necessary supplies so we can just show up and start pouring our beer. Your events are basically turn-key, from a brewer's perspective. In addition to that, the great marketing you do for all your events is top notch. The turnout is always amazing, so it's obvious that you do a great job getting the word out. The VIP sessions are a great way to be able to talk to people about our company and what we do. I have made some great contacts during the VIP sessions, many of which have lead to successful draught accounts! Thanks again, and I am looking forward to the next event!”
– Torey Pirolo, Brewery Rep., Magic Hat Brewing Company, Vermont
"It was great working with Starfish Junction in developing our new website. They designed a format we are very happy with and which really reflects our organisation. They helped us re-consider the pages we wanted to use, and continue to remain responsive and sensitive to our needs. Working with Starfish Junction allows us to continue to develop and evolve our website. Thanks Starfish!"
– Onome J & Nicole McCann, Chair & Secretary, NYC Fair Trade Coalition