Trade shows and fairs present an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds in your industry. They are also a great place to meet potential suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers for your restaurant, bar, cafe, or hotel.
Here are some dates for the biggest upcoming catering and hospitality exhibitions in 2018 and 2019.
2018 Catering and Hospitality Exhibitions, Fairs, and Events
Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo
25 – 26 September 2018
ExCel Exhibition Centre, London
The Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo is a great avenue to build your brand and grow your business. The event features an impressive lineup of 200 panellists, 500 seminars, and over a thousand exhibitors. Connect with major suppliers and key decision makers in the food and beverage industry. There will be live demos, show exclusives, and panel debates designed to equip you with cutting-edge strategies to boost your restaurant’s profits. Attendance to the event is completely free.
The Restaurant Show
01 – 03 October 2018
Olympia London, London
One of the leading industry events for those owning, operating, and working in the food and hospitality sectors, The Restaurant Show is a must-attend event for suppliers and business owners alike. Returning for its 30th year, this exhibition is bringing together 500 of the best manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers in the hospitality industry. The Restaurant Show will showcase a vast array of exhibitors, from food to front of house to business services.
Independent Hotel Show
16 – 17 October 2018
The 7th annual Independent Hotel Show is the premier business event for luxury and boutique hotels in the UK. Every year, thousands of hotel owners, managers, decision makers, manufacturers, and suppliers come together to discuss innovations and trends in the hotel sector. This fair provides buyers with easy access to high-quality supplies and products, as well as avenues to learn more about their trade. This year, there are over 20 free seminars and workshops, as well as 300 exhibitors in the luxury, boutique, and independent hotel supply chain.
2019 Catering and Hospitality Exhibitions, Fairs, and Events
The Great Hospitality Show
21 – 23 January 2019
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
This biennial expo returns after a majorly successful showcase in 2017. The Great Hospitality show is one of the largest national exhibits for foodservice, providing the ultimate platform for networking. Exhibitors come from the food, drink, catering, interior, and tableware industries. The event aims to showcase a broad range of trends and talents in the hospitality sector. There are two concurrent events under the Great Hospitality Show: The Professional Kitchen Show for catering equipment, dealers, designers, and manufacturers; and The Foodservice Show, which features the best products and services from the food and beverage industry.
Casual Dining Show
27 – 28 February 2019
ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London
The Casual Dining Show is the UK’s only trade show entirely dedicated to the casual dining industry. Catering to branded chain and independent restaurants around Britain (and beyond), there are over 200 hand-picked quality suppliers and exhibitors from the food and beverage sectors. You can learn cutting edge technology and tools of the trade at either of the two theatres hosting free panels and seminars.
13 – 14 March 2019
SEC Glasgow, Glasgow
Scotland’s most anticipated food trade event is coming back in 2019. ScotHot is the nation’s premier food, drink, tourism and hospitality showcase is on its 46th year and boasts 200+ exhibitors that sell everything you could need under one roof. It’s the perfect platform to find innovative products for food, drinks, interiors, tableware, and equipment. Learn about the latest developments and trends and engage with over 7,000 industry decision-makers.
International Food & Drink Event
17- 20 March 2019
ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London
IFE is the largest and most respected annual food and beverage trade event. It brings together an international community of suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs in London, the home of food and drink innovation. It’s a must-attend event for trade visitors, who can get updates on revolutionary trends in the catering and hospitality sectors. There will be over 1,350 suppliers and manufacturers from over 55 countries exhibiting at the event, which draws in around 30,000 visitors every year. The event has partnered with two other events for four days of jam-packed activities and workshops. Pro2Pac, the UK’s only processing and packaging event, as well as sustainability event Waste Works, are co-presenting next year.