2016 Pacific Orchid Exposition Featured New Talent and Dining Options in Lieu of Annual Gala
Guests at the 64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition were treated to a plethora of new features in lieu the event’s signature Gala Benefit Night. Instead of the traditional Thursday night event, show organizers brought in a multitude of artists, musicians, food options and special display exhibits.
Unique art and music were featured around every corner, with a special exhibition by local artist Kevin Woodson centered in the middle of the hall. Woodson demonstrated live watercolor painting of the alluring phaius orchid throughout the event and was flanked by new musical performances from The Rightsiders and World Wind.
Attendees also enjoyed new mouth-watering delights brought to them by Belcampo Meat Company, the new caterer for the POE. Belcampo offered hot sandwiches, salads and vegetarian options along with fine wines and beer in two locations throughout the show. Additionally, San Francisco’s own How Ya Bean served up hot coffee and pastries to guests in its state-of-the-art coffee cart.
Flower and plant lovers were also enthralled with all the new orchids showcased during the exposition. Angraceum sesquipedale (pictured above) is the official image of the 2016 show and was featured prominently at the front of the show.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition highlighted over 150,000 beautiful orchids from around the world and featured docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations, cultivation tips and a diverse array of orchids for sale.
The event showcased intricate exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers, as well as vibrant displays from Orchid Societies around California.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition, which is the largest orchid show in the United States, is hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS), a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to foster the culture and conservation of orchids and to promote orchid education to its members and the public. The SFOS proudly supports local horticultural conservation efforts, including research and preservation efforts at the Conservatory of Flowers, the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley and many other orchid conservation groups.