Front of House Festival to celebrate hospitality careers

National Waiters Day 2015

Waiters and other front-of-house staff will be taking part in races as part of a nationwide Front of House Festival celebrating bartending and other careers in the hospitality industry.

The headline event will be the annual National Waiters Day Race in London’s Hyde Park on October 20 but other races are planned at locations including Wivenhoe House in Colchester, Essex, and The Grand in Eastbourne in East Sussex.

The London race, in which front-of-house race while carrying loaded trays (pictured), is led by The Springboard Charity and sponsored by catering supplier Bunzl. It was developed by Fred Sirieix, general manager at restaurant and bar Galvin at Windows in London and the maitre d’ in hit TV series First Dates.

Along with other activities around the country, it aims to showcase the dedication and hard work of front-of-house roles in the hospitality industry including the bar, pub and club sector.

National Waiters Day forms part of the Front of House Festival from October 17 to 21 which has been created to change perceptions regarding front-of-house roles and highlight the rewarding career progression routes that hospitality offers.

Anne Pierce, CEO of The Springboard Charity, said: “The Front of House Festival has been devised to increase awareness of the range of roles available in front of house.

“It’s the ideal opportunity for job seekers and businesses alike, with activities ranging from skills challenges to talks, and of course the Waiters Day Race.”

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential, nurtures unemployed adults into work and helps alleviate poverty by supporting people into employment within the UK hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Entry to the National Waiters Day Race in Hyde Park costs a £10 registration fee. Details at

The funds raised will help The Springboard Charity’s Food & Beverage (FAB) programme in schools, which is designed to encourage students to explore and consider careers in front of house while aligning with the curriculum.

Fred said: “I am very proud and excited to be involved with the celebrations for National Waiters Day again on 20th October – it’s a truly wonderful day to celebrate the ocean of career opportunities within the hospitality industry, as well as the hard work of all front-of-house professionals.

“There has never been a more exciting time to both join and succeed in this very special industry. If you can dream it, you can do it.”

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