After a successful launch last year, Conscious Hospitality Show is returning for 2016, running alongside the well-established The Restaurant Show on 3rd – 5th October at Olympia, London. This unique event will focus on health and nutrition, responsible sourcing, sustainability and ethical business for the hospitality sector, featuring some of the industry’s biggest names, from Phil Vickery to Paul Shanahan from Le Manoir.
Launched in response to increasing consumer appetite for sustainable practices and an ethical approach, Conscious Hospitality Show is the definitive guide to the latest products, services and innovations for running a responsible restaurant. From ethically sourced artisan food and drink, to furniture made from reclaimed materials, energy efficient kitchen equipment and eco-friendly packaging, the event is packed with ideas to inspire.
Thought-provoking live events
The Stage will host a series of inspiring live debates, discussions and demonstrations from organisations including the Sustainable Restaurant Association as well as several high profile chefs and restaurateurs. Topics covered include how sustainability can deliver a competitive edge and how to market doing good to the mainstream, with Andrei Lussman Founder and Director of Lussmanns.
An expert panel including Paul Shanahan, Operations Manager for Le Manoir, will be exploring how luxury and sustainability increasingly sit on the same plate as high end food and highly principled customers combine.
Up for discussion on stage is consumers changing attitudes towards eating meat, with the rise of demi-veggie, pescatarian and flexitarian diets. A panel of experts will consider how the boundaries are blurring as chefs ditch the ‘meat ‘n two veg’ menu for creative dishes that delight carnivores and clean-eaters alike. This thought-provoking session offers you the chance to learn how to make this growing trend work for your establishment too.
Also not to be missed on The Stage is a chance to hear from renowned TV chef and food writer Phil Vickery as he showcases some of his signature dishes, while discussing how evolving customer needs are shaping the industry.
Innovative exhibitors at Conscious Hospitality Show include Natufia Labs PLC, who are bringing the garden into your kitchen with their Kitchen Garden appliance, allowing you to grow your own sustainable, organic leafy greens, herbs and microgreens. There is also UK pioneer in energy management, NetThings Ltd, who’ll be on hand to help you understand and improve your energy efficiency. Energy saving is a key focus with a variety of appliances and equipment to choose from at the show, including those available from Hoshizaki Gram, who’ll be showcasing a range of environmentally friendly refrigeration and ice-making equipment. You can also see the latest warewashing solutions from Winterhalter, the first and only catering equipment manufacturer to obtain the Carbon Footprint label from the Carbon Trust.
If your premises could use some ethical interiors inspiration, there’s plenty to choose from, including Design Shack Interiors Ltd, whose contemporary English furniture is made in the UK from reclaimed timber and British steel. Alternatively, you can join the upcycling revolution with the bespoke handmade furniture from Thors-Design ApS. Don’t let your menus miss out on the chance to improve their ethical credentials either, with the range of papers made from straw, banana, grass, hop fibres, recycled coffee cups and cocoa shells, all on offer from The Green Stationery Company Limited.
Focus on food & drink
Ethical and healthy eating and drinking is an important theme for Conscious Hospitality Show too, with exhibitors including Chosan, an independent producer of organic, exotic drinks inspired by African tradition. You can also meet the UK’s original craft lager brewer, Freedom Brewery Ltd and find out about how sustainability is at the heart of the business. For ethical flavours, it’s worth visiting Just Ingredients Ltd, suppliers of herbs and spices from the top producers around the world.
Elsewhere at The Restaurant Show there’s a chance to enhance your knowledge around allergens. Appetite Learning on stand UG29 will be giving away a free online allergen awareness course to anyone who visits the stand. With the rates of allergies being diagnosed rising in alarming numbers, this course is an essential for anyone in hospitality, introducing you to the legal requirements of the EU’s Food Information Regulation.
Age of the conscious consumer
Conscious Hospitality Show, together with The Restaurant Show captures the current consumer mood, where the principles, policies and stories behind what an establishment offers and serves are increasingly important. A visit to both events will leave you full of new ideas to help you better meet the needs of today’s conscious consumers. Find out more and register at www.therestaurantshow.co.uk.