ScotHot 2013 preview

A look ahead at the features, talks and products at March’s hospitality trade show in Scotland

Scotland’s largest hospitality trade show, ScotHot, is celebrating its 40th year in March, offering ideas and inspiration for bars and restaurants. Held every two years, the three-day exhibition returns to Glasgow’s SECC from March 4 to 6, bringing together innovative products and culinary competitions alongside presentations and talks.

With more than 8,000 visitors expected, the event has added new features such as the Spotlight Stage with live demonstrations, presentations and talks on the latest techniques and current and future trends. Confirmed guest speakers include Chris Galvin of Galvin Restaurants, enterprise and tourism minister Fergus Ewing MSP, and Jody Marshall from Ballathie House Hotel, Perthshire, which has a bar specialising in malt whisky and cocktails. Victor Brierley will talk about The Whisky Ambassador education programme that he co-founded for improving the standards of whisky knowledge among staff in bars in Scotland.

Other attractions will include the announcement of the 40 most influential figures in the Scottish hospitality, tourism and catering industries, HotScots Power 40. The Scottish Culinary Championships, which date back over 50 years, are expected to attract more than 400 entries across 50 competitions which include the new Scottish Restaurant Challenge and The ScotHot Classic. The competition winners will be celebrated along with those of the Scottish Chef of the Year and the World Culinary Grand Prix at the ScotHot Awards Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel on the evening of March 6.

A new initiative to promote the financial benefits of operating bars and restaurants sustainably will be showcased at ScotHot after it was launched at the Hospitality Show at Birmingham NEC in January. Fresh Montgomery – the company behind both events – has introduced Save & Sustain in partnership with the Responsible Hospitality Partnership. It enables visitors to calculate how much money and carbon they can save in running their businesses.

Visitors can see the best new products and services from hundreds of exhibitors ranging from small, local independents within the Scotland Food and Drink and the Source Local pavilions through to international companies such as drinks group Heineken UK.

Furniture and interior design ideas will be provided by exhibitors such as Burgess Furniture, Curtis Furniture, Dining Chairs UK, Elite Contract Furniture, Hotel Contract Interiors, Morris Contract Furniture and Satelliet Browns. For sourcing new epos systems, exhibitors include ACR Cash Register Systems, Bleep UK, Cunninghams and RMS. Support with recruitment will be provided by the likes of, while advice on music in your venue will be available from PPL, which licenses music played in public.

Many of the exhibitors will be showcasing equipment for kitchens and bars such as refrigeration specialists Liebherr and Taylor. Rational will be putting its SelfCookingCenter Whitefficiency through its paces on its stand, demonstrating how the combi oven can be used for food throughout the day and night from croissants, muffins, grilled bacon, sausages, tomatoes, hash browns and eggs through to pizzas, steaks and chips. Visitors will be able to taste food prepared in the combi oven including meat that has been roasted overnight and, once cooked, held for up to 24 hours.

ScotHot is free to trade visitors when registering online in advance at, which also provides up-to-date lists of exhibitors and talks.

First published in the February 2013 issue of Bar magazine.

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