The Restaurant Show returns in October, with a bigger and better venue and three days of new products, events and seminars featuring top names from the restaurant and foodservice industry. It will also respond to market trends with the new complementary Conscious Hospitality Show.
The expanded show will be at Olympia in London from October 5 to 7, featuring over 350 exhibitors from across the sector, ranging from food and drink to catering equipment.
Visitors can take advantage of expert insights on The Stage where the industry’s leading lights will share their experiences and offer their tips for success. Notable speakers this year include Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc, James ‘Jocky’ Petrie of the Gordon Ramsay Group, and Eric Chavot, chef de patron at Brasserie Chavot in London.
Other highlights include Stephen Terry, owner and chef at acclaimed Welsh gastropub the Hardwick Arms who will give a sneak preview of ideas in his new book, plus Neil James Rankin, executive chef of innovative London eating destination Smokehouse, discussing how to take slow cooking to the next level.
The show will also feature the final of The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year. The Best New Idea Award will be chosen from the most innovative ideas from the show floor and voted for by visitors.
This year the event has extended with the Conscious Hospitality Show, which will also run on the same site from October 5 to 7. In tune with the evolving awareness of today’s diners, this will address the issues such as sustainability, local sourcing and ethical trading.
The Conscious Hospitality Show brings together over 50 suppliers from across the sector and showcases a range of products and services, from eco-friendly cleaning products to food waste management services and catering equipment to gluten-free beer and organic meat.
A live theatre will host a stellar line up of restaurateurs and food waste champions who will inspire visitors with sustainable practice insight, hints and tips and live examples of eco-friendly initiatives.
Elizabeth Duncan, commercial director for The Restaurant Show and the Conscious Hospitality Show, said: “Market sentiment indicates that many diners are choosing where to eat based on menu provenance, sustainable practices and how the restaurant gives back to the community. As consumers make more considered decisions about where they spend their money, outlets are aligning their practices to ensure that their offering is in line with the wants and needs of their target market.
“With such a strong industry focus on sustainability and social responsibility, we have created a dedicated show that will help chefs, caterers and foodservice operators to find out more about the products and services that will allow them to run more sustainably and with CSER credentials that will support their business to grow.
“The Restaurant Show has really stepped up another gear this year and we’re looking forward to officially opening the doors on 5 October. Visitors will have plenty to feast their eyes on with a whole host of new exhibitors, an exciting speaker line-up and action-packed competitions.
“Each year we aim to bring to bear the latest trends in the industry to ensure decision makers at all businesses with a food and drink element are well equipped to attract customers. This year’s show will be no exception, making it a must-attend.”
For more information and to register, visit www.therestaurantshow.co.uk.