The Restaurant Show and The Bar & Pub Show celebrate another successful year.
After another bumper year, The Restaurant Show and The Bar & Pub Show have come to a successful and satisfying conclusion. With over 450 exhibitors showing their very best food, drink, services, furnishings and equipment, over 10,000 visitors walked through the doors at Olympia, London in search of ideas and inspiration. The smells around the halls were as divine as they were diverse and the innovations in technology, décor solutions, equipment and facilities were a cut above the rest. Restaurateurs, publicans, buyers and every type of industry professional have sipped, supped, viewed, tasted, tested, imbibed and absorbed information, advice, samples and pure hospitality passion.
Sensational Speaker Sessions
The Stage and the Bar & Pub Hub were home to a constant flow of panel discussions, chef demonstrations and speaker sessions. Covering a broad range of hot topics from how to deal with no-show customers to the skills shortage, Brexit, sake, fortified wines and everything in between, so many servings of wisdom and inspiration were on offer.
Simon Stenning of MCA brought daily breakfast insights into the Bar & Pub industry, sharing invaluable statistics and findings from the 2017 Pub Market Report. And the Open Table panel discussion about tailoring your social media to get your message across to customers was standing room only.
A Windfall of Winners
As part of the buzz and healthy competition surrounding the shows, many businesses submitted their innovations and clever offerings to the industry in the Great New Idea awards. It was fantastic to discover so many new products and services on the market before the winners were announced by show compère, chef and presenter Richard Fox.
Solving the problem of flat beer by taking a new approach to glass cleaning and drying, Dryphoon’s ‘The Dryphoon Unit’ took first place at The Bar & Pub Show, with the Gig 15 Pro automatic cocktail-maker from Cocktails Machine UK & Ireland coming runner-up. The Restaurant Show Great New Idea winners were Joe Delucci’s for their Mulberry Gelato in the food category and Tormek for their ‘Tormek Pro Kitchen Knife Sharpener’ in the non-food category. Runners-up were Woodhalls Charcuterie for their Gin Snacking Bites (food) and Winterhalter Ltd for their Undercounter Series – Connected Wash (non-food).
Exhibitors and business owners alike are now returning home with new connections, ideas and a great deal of food for thought as they already start to think about coming back next year.
Renowned chef and patron of The Hand and Flowers, Tom Kerridge is an enthusiastic ambassador and fervent fan of the shows. He said, “It’s a great base for networking and for meeting people within the industry, but it also gives you a gauge of what’s going on, where current trends are, where new products are rather than sitting behind the closed doors of your business and looking out. It’s a great way to drive your business forward.”
And the testimonials continue to pour in. Adrian Hodgson co-founder of The Real Kombucha was evidently wowed by his experience, “The show’s brilliant! We’ve been inundated. Everyone’s been super friendly, a really good audience – a mixture of buyers, restaurateurs and people who had never heard of Kombucha so it’s been fantastic… the time has flown by.”
A special thanks to exhibitors
FareShare is the official charity partner of The Restaurant Show. After the show, exhibitors donated enough surplus food and drink to make over 4,500 meals for people in need.
Mark Varney, Director of Network development at FareShare says: “Our aim is to ensure that no food fit for human consumption goes to waste. We are always on the lookout for more food and drink businesses to work with us to use their surplus food for social good.”
See you next year!
The Restaurant Show featuring Bar & Pub, Conscious Hospitality and Catering Equipment Expo returns to Olympia next year, 1st – 3rd October. Make sure you are keeping up-to-date with all the latest news on Twitter and Instagram by following @restaurantshow (#TRS2017).
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