Over three days, the exhibition attracted some of the most well-known chefs and decision-makers in the industry as well as hordes of visitors!
This year, the show was held in conjunction with two other exhibitions. The Bar & Pub Show, delivered in partnership with The Morning Advertiser, and The Conscious Hospitality Show. In addition, The Restaurant Show also included a new dedicated area, Catering Equipment Expo to showcase the latest trends in the presentation of food and drink from around the world.
Bar & Pub Show
The Bar & Pub Show was a huge success, catering for those involved in the management and ownership of UK pubs and bars. Live events covered a range of relevant issues including design, front of house and tableware and entertainment providers. In short anything that could boost the financial opportunities for the great British pub trade.
The Conscious Hospitality Show highlighted the changes in how people view their food. The age of the conscious consumer has arrived and the show discussed a variety of topics, including health and nutrition, responsible sourcing, sustainability and ethical business practices.
Restaurant Show 2016
A major highlight of the Restaurant Show 2016 was the live line-ups, featuring some of the industry’s most exciting names, led by Phil Vickery, who showcased their signature dishes.
The OpenTable Insights session on running and growing a restaurant featured insights, real-life success stories and advice. The favourite event appeared to be the World Steak Challenge, where visitors had the opportunity to sample the world’s best steak! Edible insects were also a popular attraction.
The introduction of a new area, the Liquid Hub gave visitors the opportunity to learn about alternative drinks, with an interesting talk on the popularity of Japanese sake and new wines from unusual climates.
A range of topics were discussed on the main stage. This included a fascinating discussion on how to capture a slice of the lucrative family dining market, where the psychology of eating out as a family was presented.
As usual, Restaurant Show 2016 heralded an impressive line-up of expert speakers and passionate visitors. Along with the other shows, Olympia was once again bombarded by hordes of eager visitors. The next Restaurant Show has already been lined up for October 2017 so put it in your diary now.