Trade show for casual dining sector returns with more features

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Casual Dining – the annual trade event for the UK’s casual dining sector – returns this month, with more features than before including a new theatre dedicated to presentations on drinks innovation. The exhibition offers inspiration, ideas and products for operators of bars, pubs and restaurants in this ever-growing part of the hospitality industry.

Taking place at the Business Design Centre in north London on February 25 and 26, it will have 45% more space than last year’s show, with over 170 exhibiting companies showcasing food and drink, equipment, interior design, furniture, technology and other innovations.

The event will present plenty of newly launched products such as a new range of canned beers from North Yorkshire’s Rooster’s Brewing Co, including its flagship pale ale Yankee, American-style pale ale Fort Smith and Baby-Faced Assassin India Pale Ale.

North Yorkshire brewer Rooster’s Brewing Co is launching its new range of canned beers, including Yankee (its flagship pale ale), Fort Smith (an American-style pale ale) and Baby-Faced Assassin (an India Pale Ale). BRF Europe will offer samples of its poultry range for caterers, from chicken wings and goujons to Poppin’ Chicken – all in its signature fiery Hot ‘n’ Kickin’ crispy coating.

Bakery specialist Aryzta Food Solutions will show operators how they can tap into the trend for US-style casual dining with its breads for burgers, hot dogs and sliders as well as regional American specialities such as Po’Boys from New Orleans – traditionally served on baguettes – and New Yorkers, served on a dense dark rye.

Other new exhibitors include Liberty Wines, Bermar International with its Le Verre de Vin wine preservation technology, independent brewery Broughton Ales, scotch whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, Young’s Seafood, Britvic Soft Drinks, Delice de France, beer supplier Miller Brands, Harry Brompton’s Alcoholic Ice Tea, Tudor Tea & Coffee, Frima International and GS Systems.

Returning exhibitors include Pan’Artisan, Lamb Weston, McCain Foodservice, Mom’s Fabulous Foods, Taylors of Harrogate, gin and vodka distiller Sipsmith, Metro Drinks, London Velvet ale and cider drink, Eden Contract Furniture, Purified Air, Winterhalter and Eau de Vie.

The new Drinks Innovation theatre will include advice on menus, tastings and the latest market research, alongside the new Speciality Wine Village, the Craft Beer & Cider Showcase and the Artisan Spirit and Cocktail Lounge.

The Keynote Theatre is returning with a programme of high-profile speakers including: Karen Forrester, chief executive of TGI Friday’s UK; Stephen Holmes, chief executive of ASK Italian and Zizzi; Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive of Gourmet Burger Kitchen; Scott Macdonald, managing director of Bill’s; Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers; and Anthony Pender, the new chairman of BII and managing director of Yummy Pubs.

On February 25, the Keynote Theatre will host the announcement of the winners of the Casual Dining Design Awards for the best pubs, bars and restaurants in the casual dining sector. Click here for a full list of the shortlisted finalists.

To register for a free trade pass, visit www.casualdiningshow.co.uk and quote priority code CDPR1.

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