Yet again the hallowed halls of Olympia have been opened to hoards of visitors at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair, the leading trade event in the UK exclusively for the speciality and artisan food industry.
The 15th annual fair kicked off on 7th September for two days and with over 700 exhibiting companies, attendance was higher than expected. A mass of retailers, caterers, chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs and many many more made their way to the exhibition to see and taste the finest new foods and drinks on offer.
And of course, we must mention the Chocolate Fair. The Speciality Chocolate show was incorporated into the fair, and threw up a few interesting combinations. Including the mushroom flavoured chocolate: who’d have thought they would go together? The biotechnology organic company Hifas Da Terra from Spain have spiced up the chocolate market by adding shiitake, oyster and chantarelle oyster mushrooms to chocolate, aiming (they claim) to boost the human immune system.
And following its great success last year, the Great Taste Deli was extended.
“We had such a great response from buyers and producers last year that the Great Taste Deli has gone big this year,” explained John Farrand, MD of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of Great Taste.
This year, the Snowflake Luxury Gelato company was awarded the title of Great Taste Supreme Champion for their Raspberry Sorbetto. The company runs three gelato retail sites in London, producing fat-free and dairy-free sorbetto and gelato with half the fat of traditional ice cream.
Asad Khan, managing director of Snowflake Luxury Gelato said, “The Great Taste Supreme Champion is such a wonderful accolade and it means the world to us! We’ve spent the last two years developing our recipes and really sourcing the best ingredients to create a product that we are really proud of and this award recognises all that hard work.”
The show was a huge success as anticipated with plenty of cookery demonstrations and advice on how to cook food properly. The Fine Food Forum offered live demonstrations in a purpose made kitchen, with tips on the industry’s current trends.
SME experts were available throughout the three days, with private sessions offered at the extremely popular Business Mentoring Centre. Marketing, stock control, HR, finance – all essentials were covered.
Here at AC Services (Southern), we support all of the various exhibitions that take place around the country throughout the year, recognising them an essential concentrated medium for both businesses and visitors to connect, meet and learn, all under one roof.