Banksford’s Best of British Catering Expos

Exhibitions are a great way to get out there and meet other people involved in your industry. Whether you’re after new faces for networking, the chance to see new suppliers to the market, or just get some ideas, catering exhibitions are a real opportunity to boost your business. Here are some of Banksford’s favourites chosen from around the UK.

Scotland
• BBC Good Food Glasgow, 20-22nd October, SEC – https://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/glasgow
A satellite show of the main BBC Good Food show, this is billed as “Scotland’s most delicious day out”. It highlights Scotland’s best chefs, cuisines, and restaurants, and is full of entertainment and inspiration for the general public and those in the trade. Invitations are still open if you want to exhibit, and there’s a dedicated page on their website for potential exhibitors.

Speciality and Fine Food Fair, 3–5 September, Olympia
Okay it’s not in Scotland, but this trade only show is currently looking for exhibitors for their Scotland – A Land of Food & Drink pavilion. This is one of the busiest hospitality and catering events, with more than 11,000 visitors coming from wholesale, retail and food service backgrounds. If you provide a luxury product, or a speciality item, this is the place where buyers come to source artisan items for their establishments. There are 4 different packages available for potential exhibitors, and they’re listed at http://www.foodanddrink.scot/events/speciality-fine-food-fair-2017.aspx.

North and Yorkshire
• Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, 20-21st March 2018, Manchester Central
Currently looking for exhibitors for the 2018 show, this is the north of England’s premier local show for hospitality professionals. 2017’s show featured 275 exhibitors, 65 live demonstrations, as well as an award show. 7,500 trade only visitors came through the doors last year. Book your stand for 2018 by calling the team listed on http://www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk/welcome/exhibiting.

Midlands
• BBC Good Food Show, 30th November – 3rd December, Birmingham NEC – https://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/birmingham-winter
While the main event may just have finished, the Good Food Show also has several satellite events you can visit, including the Birmingham Winter expo. This is a show for the general public as well as those in the trade, so expect plenty of big names and lots of exhibitors showing food, drink and cookery products. If you want to boost your brand awareness or launch something new, you can apply to exhibit on the website.

London
• Imbibe Live, 3-4th July, Olympia London – https://live.imbibe.com/
Aimed at restaurant owners and those involved in the sourcing, selling or buying drinks, Imbibe Live will showcase products, seminars and sales boosters you’ll want to include in your business.

Food Matters Live, 21-23rd November, ExCel Londonhttps://www.foodmatterslive.com
If you want to be play a part in the way food evolves and innovates, this is the one for you. Open to any food industry member, it’s a get together for retailers, service providers, government representatives and nutritionists who want to collaborate and encourage cross sector working to make the business of eating even better.

Street Food Live, 26-27th September, ExCel Londonhttp://www.streetfoodlive.co.uk/
Having moved away from its image of greasy burger vans, street food is big business. Whether you’re starting out or looking to grow, you can meet suppliers, take part in seminars, and meet the experts in the industry at their masterclasses. Targeted at caterers, restaurateurs, and those behind the scenes in the catering business, it’s a great source of inspiration. You’ll also find this show incorporating mini-expos like Takeaway Expo, Restaurant, Bar and Hotel Tech, and The Food Entrepreneur Show.

South
• ExpoWest Cornwall, 6th-8th March 2018, Royal Cornwall Showground – http://expowestcornwall.co.uk
Why shouldn’t the south west get its own food expo? It’s the home of some of the best cuisine in the UK, and Rick Stein is so passionate about it that he’s based himself there. Attended by the region’s major suppliers, and billed as a boost for the business and social calendar, this event focuses on all that’s great about Cornish catering and hospitality. Visit their dedicated exhibitor’s page at http://expowestcornwall.co.uk/exhibiting/.

Wales
• Harlech Food Service Expo, 20-21st February 2018, Venue Cymru – http://www.harlech.co.uk/9/en-GB/Foodservice-Expo
Wales is a nation that knows good food, and with record-breaking numbers attending the 2017 show, you’ll be able to book your stand for the 2018 expo in November this year. This year showcased the best of Welsh produce, as well as some surprising stands, such as pizzas made using Welsh flour.

Wherever you’re exhibiting this year, Banksford is on hand to provide you with the catering uniforms and supplies you need to keep your team smart and make a fantastic first impression.