Vendor Fair gives St. John’s sample of campus products

Students got the chance to check out the latest food and drink products at the first Vendor Fair on March 19 in Montgoris Dining Hall.

The event, sponsored by Chartwells, featured 19 vendors including Dreyer’s ice cream, NOS energy drinks and Coca-Cola. The vendors’ products are sold at the different cafeterias on the Queens’ campus. According to Gina Capetanakis, marketing director of Chartwells, the fair gave vendors the opportunity to show students new products and their address students’ needs.

“It’s a win-win situation for students and vendors,” she said.

Capetanakis also said the Vendor Fair is an event that Chartwells sponsors at most of the universities it services. She added that the event was a successful one.

“The event has exceeded our expectations,” she said.

John Zanghi, a vendor from Dreyer’s was excited to be at the fair.

“It’s great to get out of the kitchen and show our products to students,” he said.
Students said they enjoyed the games and give-aways offered at the fair. One of the games students could play was Guitar Hero, sponsored by NOS. Students who won Guitar Hero received a free NOS energy drink and a free t-shirt.

Jose Guerra, promoter for NOS, said students enjoyed the event.

“The kids loved playing Guitar Hero on the big screen,” he said.