ICAST exceeds expectations - again - FireDisc debuts new cooker
ICAST exceeds expectations, again, FireDisc debuts new cooker
The 60th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, known to fishermen and industry moguls simply as ICAST, was held July 11 through 14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and drew a record number of displays and industry buyers and media who came to see them. ICAST hosted 582 exhibitors in 1982 booths that filled the 200,000 square foot show floor. The Carolinas were well represented as 64 of the exhibitors were companies based in North and South Carolina. There were also seminars each day presenting a variety of ideas to assist tackle shops compete in the outdoor marketplace.
Several years ago the American Sportfishing Association, who produces ICAST, began a partnership with the International Fly Tackle Dealers Show to run the two events concurrently and in 2015 added the Marine Accessories Pavilion sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. These additions have proven hugely beneficial for all. With almost 15,000 representatives, buyers and media registered, the large show floor stayed full and at times appeared crowded. Those attending were from around the world and included 1,156 people from 73 countries other than the U.S.
For the first time, there were displays open on Tuesday. Several years back ICAST began the ICAST Cup, a bass fishing tournament that pairs professional anglers with media representatives and other industry professionals and the Florida Sportsman Bass and Birdies golf and fishing tournament. For 2017, there were three hours of on the water product demonstrations held outside on the Orange County Convention Center grounds on Tuesday, before the show floor opened on Wednesday. Holding this outside allowed buyers and media not just to check out, but also demo exhibitors’ gear, tackle and accessories. It was a very popular addition and there is talk it will be expanded when ICAST returns to Orlando in 2018.
FireDisc Cookers debuted their new cooker. Many want to call this a grill, but it isn't really a grill, even though it does most of the things we usually do on a grill, but it can also do more. Their slogan is "Built to haul, cooks it all," and it appears fully capable from the patio to hunting or fishing camp, and tailgating too.
The FireDisc Cooker is designed to go anywhere and be ready to cook within a minute or two of arriving. It includes a heavy duty collapsible stand, hookups for small propane bottles (an adapter is available to connect to larger propane bottles) and a super heavy duty cooking pan that has a concave bottom somewhat like a plow disc, hence the name. The concave bottom makes for varying degrees of heat from the middle to the edge and allows anything from frying fish to toasting buns or keeping things warm.
it All" FireDisc Cookers visit their web site at www.firedisccookers.com