59th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from the “Yachting Capital of the World” to be Televised on NBCSN in December

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2018 – NBC Sports Group will present coverage of the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – the largest in-water boat show in the world – this December on NBCSN.

Owned by Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Exhibitions, the Fort Lauderdale International
Boat Show is heading into its 59th year, now with more than 1,500 boats on display and three million square feet of exhibit space. December’s telecast on NBCSN marks the first of three consecutive years that the network will provide coverage of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Modeled after NBC Sports’ North American International Auto Show Special, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show program will showcase the latest vessels, technical innovations, and performance reviews, as well as highlight the wide array of lifestyle amenities, like unparalleled hospitality, dining, and shopping options in the area. Additionally, a “Best of Show” trophycreated by renowned industrial designer, Derek Jenkins, will be presented to the most innovative new model design on display.

 “We are thrilled to partner with NBC Sports Group and bring the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to a national television audience,” said Phil Purcell, MIASF CEO/President. “We are proud of the positive impact the show and the marine industry have on the South Florida region and the State as a whole, and we welcome the opportunity to share some of the show’s spectacular exhibits with NBCSN’s viewers,” he added.

 Andrew Doole, VP and General Manager of Informa Exhibitions, said he immediately embraced the idea of televising its premier boat show. “Informa is excited to showcase the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to a national audience on NBCSN,” he said. “The program will be a unique inside peek into the diverse world of boating that will appeal to all ages and all budgets.” 

“The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show represents some of the finest yachts and high-performance boats in the world, and we look forward to showcase this world-class event on NBCSN,” said Jeff Macaluso, Sr. Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group.

Filming will take place at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 31-November 4. The exact date and time for this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show telecast on NBCSN will be determined in the coming weeks.


When the Comcast-NBC Universal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes,,, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, NYRA, Breeders’ Cup, Premier League, INDYCAR, Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Championship, Tour de France, French Open, and many more.


The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally driving the economic output to $11.5 billion regionally. Created in 1961, the not-for-profit trade group is focused on the sound growth of the marine industry in the South Florida Region to benefit its members and their customers, communities, and the environment. The Association has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. For more information, contact Kelly Skidmore at 954-524-2733 or


With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Informa’s industry insight, coupled with its innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides them with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

Informa Exhibitions is a division of Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. Informa PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.


Media Contacts:

Daniel Grant, for Informa U.S. Boat Shows | 954-776-1999 ext. 235

Adam Noyes, for Proof of the Pudding | 404-892-2359 

Starting with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 31 – Nov. 4,

Proof of the Pudding to oversee management and operations of all food and beverage areas and offer dedicated catering for exhibitors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. & ATLANTA (May 23, 2018) - Award-winning catering group Proof of the Pudding has announced a premium concessions partnership with Informa U.S. Boat Shows for five major events in Florida: the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the St. Petersburg Boat Show, the Miami Yacht Show, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

The new partnership will kick off with the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set to take place later this year from October 31st through November 4th.

With 39 years of food service and management experience, Proof of the Pudding will bring new culinary and mixology experiences to the largest in-water boat show in the world. Exhibits at FLIBS range from astonishing super-yachts to boats for every budget, as well as electronics, fishing gear, nautical-themed home goods and fashion.

“Proof of the Pudding’s innovation in large-scale outdoor culinary services is poised to transform the food offerings at FLIBS into an upscale and unique culinary experience,” said Informa U.S. Boat Shows General Manager Andrew Doole. “We’re looking forward to the exciting, new flair this partnership will bring to all of our boat shows’ concession services and catering options.”

From portable to stationary concessions offerings, Proof of the Pudding is planning ‘Ports of Call’- themed food stations for FLIBS, including Cabo San Lucas (Mexican), Portofino (Italian), the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean), the Greek Isles (Greek), and the French Riviera (Parisian).

Beverage experiences planned for FLIBS include specialty cocktails, premium wines and a full line of craft beers. For this year’s show, Proof of the Pudding mixologist Anthony Schuch will be teaming up with local brewers to add an onsite “guest brewer” to each drink station.

Similar experiences are being planned for Informa’s other Florida-based boat shows, but with distinct flourishes unique to the individual feel of each show.

“What an exciting time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as they embark on another level of the attendee experience through this innovative culinary partnership,” said Adam Noyes, president of Proof of the Pudding. “We couldn’t be prouder to form this strategic partnership with Informa U.S. Boat Shows and to collaborate with local culinary partners in five exciting, regional markets. The integration of authentic, upscale food and beverage offerings, unique to each host city, will redefine the show experience for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees alike.”

In addition to overseeing the management and operations of all the shows’ food and beverage areas, Proof of the Pudding also will offer catering reservations for exhibitors and auxiliary show events. Exhibitors will be able to place advanced, online orders for pre-selected catering options, such as daily lunch for employees who are working the show, or arrange custom menus for parties and receptions as needed.

“On the culinary side, I am very excited to be collaborating with our Florida-based providers to deliver amazing food and beverage options for exhibitors and guests that highlight the unique flavors of each of the boat shows’ host cities,” said Proof of the Pudding Corporate Executive Chef Vagn Nielsen. “We will be featuring everything from flavorful fish tacos and stone crabs to authentic wood-fired pizza, with plenty of options for every taste and budget.”

About Proof of the Pudding

Proof of the Pudding was founded in 1979 and is now one of the largest Southern-based catering organizations proudly serving many of the Southeast’s top venues, convention facilities, and events. Over the past 39 years, Proof of the Pudding has maintained its innovative and distinctive style – taking pride in providing superior service and trend-setting menu creations. With over 18 kitchens across the organization, Proof’s chefs are trained to maintain the high standards, quality, freshness, great taste and creative presentations the company’s reputation is built on. Today Proof of the Pudding operates state-of-the-art kitchens in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Innovative culinary creations coupled with creative presentation and service has won Proof numerous industry awards and recognition by clients and media alike. For more information, visit

About The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the largest boat show in the world in terms of gross exhibitor space and number of vessels. The show spans more than 3 million square-feet across
seven locations, all connected by a network of water taxis, riverboats and ground transportation. Widely regarded as one of the world’s top annual boating event where consumers and the global marine industry gather to buy, sell, meet up and see what is new, the show attracts approximately 100,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries with more than 1,200 boats on display each November. For more information, visit