ScotHot – Scotland’s biggest event for the hospitality sector – opens this week, with new features including Liquid Academy Live offering seminars on bars and drinks.
The trade event will take place at Glasgow’s SECC on March 4 and 5, opened by Scotland’s Tourism Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP.
Liquid Academy Live will be run by leading consultancy LA Group which will be hosting talks and providing interactive seminars for people working in the bar and drinks industries.
Speakers include cocktail experts, global spirits ambassadors and award-winning drinks writers. There will also be cocktail competitions and information on the latest cutting-edge trends and ideas in the drinks world, from craft gins to body language behind the bar,
The stage will see taster sessions from the new Aroma Diploma, a world first in mastering the sense of smell run by master perfumer Kim Lahiri. Click here for the Liquid Academy programme.
Exhibitors at ScotHot will include suppliers of food and drink, catering equipment, décor and design, tableware and technology products. This year, marking Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, a broad range of food and drink companies will be showcasing produce from artisan coffee makers to Scottish charcuterie producers.
The live final of the UK Barista Championships will see 20 competitors from across the country tested at ScotHot on their coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seattle in April 2015.
Sessions on ScotHot’s Spotlight Stage range from those designed to improve industry standards to discussions on future developments in technology and innovation. Experts range from marketing and technology leaders to those involved in the development of nationwide tourism and hospitality strategy.
They will include:
- Geoff Morrison of Destination Stirling and Yelp’s Rosie Akenhead on PR, marketing and managing your online reputation
- Ray Lorimer from the Institute of Hospitality chairing a session on skills and development, joined by Ralph Porciani of Trump Turnberry, Lawrence Durden of Skills Development Scotland and Kate Tetley of People 1st
- Ewan Henderson of Scotch Broth Events on Scottish terroir
- Calum Ross of Loch Melfort Hotel, and chair of British Hospitality Association Scotland, chairing a session on 2015 as the Year of Food and Drink with a panel including Fiona Richmond of Scotland Food & Drink, Riddell Graham of VisitScotland and restaurateur and chef Andrew Fairlie
- Karen Fewell from Digital Blonde, Nadine Pierce of eatingedinburgh.com and Ben Gateley of Born Social will look at how successful social media can help businesses
- a session on accessible tourism with Chris McCoy of VisitScotland, Helen Gallagher of The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh, Angus Foreman of Microsoft, and consultant Phil Biggs with his hearing dog Marsh
- an audience discussion on how to be a more sustainable, profitable and responsible business, featuring representatives from Gleneagles, Zero Waste Scotland, Unilever, the Glasgow Restaurant Association and Inspire Catering.
- a discussion on the importance of raising the appeal of the industry attracting youth and nurturing their talent, chaired by Ufi Ibrahim of the British Hospitality Association, with speakers from G1 Group, Springboard UK, Apex Hotels, and MacDonald Aviemore Highland Resort.
ScotHot 2015 will also include the 30th Scottish Culinary Championships, which challenges chefs to create show-stopping food sculptures as well as being judged in a live cook-off on the main stage.
This year, in partnership The Buell Group, ScotHot will also offer free specialist business advice at the new Buell Business Advice Clinic. Offering practical solutions designed for each individual business, the Buell consultants, all experts in their fields, will be on hand to discuss any aspect of business in complete confidence.
In addition, cutting-edge developments in catering equipment will be showcased in the CESA Innovation Zone, providing the largest collection of new catering products available anywhere on the market. These will include winners of the event’s coveted New Product Awards.
The awards recognise excellence in catering equipment, food and drink, tableware and technology. They are judged by an independent panel of experts who look for all-round excellence from products launched in the year leading up to the show.
The shortlisted products are:
Planglow: Street Deli Paper
Gram UK: SuperiorPlus 72 refrigeration unit
Tri-Star Packaging: Tri-label Online
Food & Drink
Lomond, the Wholesale Food Co: Ultimate Blueberry Scone
Cheese Cellar: Fresh as You Yuzu Flakes
Cheese Cellar: Kale Pesto
One Track: Reveal-Up Glasses
One Track: LSA Paddle Collection – Tapas Set & Oak paddle
One Track: Contour Steak Knives
Rapier Systems: Rapier Connect
Compass Group: 24
The winners will be announced on the Spotlight Stage on March 4 at 4pm.
To register to attend and for the latest show news and exhibitor information, visit www.scothot.co.uk.