The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has announced the slates of competitors for two events that will be among the highlights of the show.

Billed as the “ultimate product showdown,” DesignBites selects 10 exhibiting brands and gives them just three-minutes to showcase their best new offerings in a brief presentation to judges and audience members. A panel of expert judges will award the coveted title of Brand with the Biggest Bite to the competitor who makes the best case for their products, and the crowd will have a chance to engaged in live voting for a People’s Pick winner. This year, the contest will take place on February 27 at 12 p.m. and be hosted by interior designer and television host Michel Smith Boyd.

The brands going head-to-head this year will be EMPAVA, FGI Industries, FreePower, FORNO, Keeler Brass Company, LG Electronics, Link Cutting Boards, Moen, Neolith, and Signature Kitchen Suite.

On February 29 at 10 a.m., the Kickstarter competition will spotlight spotlighting six brands that have entered the market in past three years. Each will pitch their products to the judges for a chance to win the $5,000 Grand Prize in recognition of their innovation and creativity. This year’s competitors include Artesian Streams, Hapny Home, Homi Hardware, Link Cutting Boards, Qoldfusion, and Paneluxe.

The judging panel includes Maria Stapperfenne, CMKBD manager and designer; Ebony Stephenson, CLIPP, CAPS, owner and principal designer; and Lorenzo Marquez, former chairman of NKBA, president and CEO.

KBIS, North America’s largest trade show dedicated to kitchen and bath design, will take place in Las Vegas from February 27 to 29. For more information, visit