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Events | 14 September, 2023
Doors for The Restaurant Show open next month at London Olympia, 2-4 October 2023.
The show is the flagship trade show for restaurateurs, chefs, casual dining operators as well as many others in the catering and hospitality industry and this year is supported by the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. Dan Eversfield, Commercial Director for the show commented; “William Reed is looking forward to bringing the hospitality industry together in October and are excited to be supported by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. We’re renowned for delivering events that connect and educate the industry, and are always looking at how we can be more sustainable in doing so – a value that aligns with the WSTA.”
With the stage set, we take a look at the exciting activities planned across the three days at London Olympia.
Dedicated area for bar and drinks
New to this year is Bar & Drinks – a dedicated area showcasing a holistic view of beverages in hospitality. From aperitifs and cocktails to beers, wines and spirits to coffees, teas and infusions, the drinks menu is a key element of any restaurant, bar, or pub and the driver of higher margins and profitability. This zone will also be bolstered by a dedicated Bar & Drinks Live theatre in partnership with The Morning Advertiser.
As one of the key partners to the show, you will find the MA team on the Bar & Drinks stage throughout the three days, facilitating panels and interviewing some of the most influential people from across the industry. Sessions to look out for include:
Pub Grub: The role of food in the on-trade. With Alice Bowyer – Liberation Group, Sarah Hayward – The Tom Kerridge Group, Stosie Madi – The Parkers Arms, Varun Khanna – The General Tarleton.
Cost-of-living crisis: Impact on the UK pub and bar sector. With Andy Tighe – BBPA, Steve Alton – BII, Katie Prowse – Lumina Intelligence, Michael Kill – NTIA.
Inspiring the next generation of female leaders in the on-trade. With Mandy Southall – Punch Pubs, Emma McClarkin – BBPA, Helen Charlesworth – Stonegate Group
Fireside chat: Charlie Gilkes, co-founder, Inception Group. With Charlie Gilkes – Inception Group
Sacha Lord: The future of the night time economy. With Sacha Lord – Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester
Industry influencers covering the key restaurant trends
To compliment the Bar & Drinks theatre, there is a stage dedicated to the key trend impacting the wider hospitality market. Speakers across the three days include Michael O’hare – The Man Behind The Curtain, Nicola Gartenburg – Adam Handling Restaurant Group, Dan Cox – Crocadon, Samyukta Nair – LSL Capital, Ceri Gott – Hawksmoor and Laura Harper Hinton – Caravan.
See the full list of confirmed speakers for The Restaurant Show here.
Commenting on the launch of the content programme, Giorgio Rigali, Head of Communications at William Reed said, “At The Restaurant Show, we are committed to providing world-class content and are thrilled share the list of industry influencers that will be taking to the stage this year. With such a diverse portfolio of speakers, we are confident that there is something for everyone and cannot wait to welcome everyone to Olympia this October.”
Registration to the show is open now and free via the below link.
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