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January 27, 2012 / iDriveWarships

Where SUPPOs go to Shop

Have you ever wondered how the meal options are selected on a U.S. Navy warship? Do you wonder who buys this stuff, anyway? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a food fair and taste samples from all the possible vendors at once?

Well, you can. Enter the Afloat Training Group San Diego (ATG) Food Service Division’s Quarterly Prime Vendor Food Show/Fair. It’s like going to a trade show with countless free samples and fun swag. Think a sea of Costco samples but without the guilt of double-dipping or the shame of second helpings.

Yesterday ATG held their quarterly fair at Naval Base San Diego for Supply Officers and other crewmembers to experience the makings of a future Navy Standard Core Menu. Vendors large and small included brands like Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, Hormel meats, Tyson chicken, Kellogg’s cereal, St. Tropez Bakery and Bistro, and The Dream Factory cupcakes (a product of the Cheesecake Factory Bakery), each hoping for a spot in the kitchen of Navy ships.

As you would expect, the event is wildly popular with Sailors (word travels fast when bacon is being given away), with people crowding together for a taste of the future fleet.

View event PHOTOS here.

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