Top 10 UK hospitality events in 2021: what’s happening, what’s new and what can’t you afford to miss?

The strange and uncertain year of 2020 is not one many of us will forget in a hurry. It only seems like yesterday we were all at London’s HRC Expo last March, what is now the capital’s Nightingale Hospital. Just nine months ago, none of us could have predicted how Covid-19 would radically threaten and re-set our sector.
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The drive for efficiency and revenue through innovation and technology adoption

Despite all the turmoil, 2020 has not only been a year of setbacks but a year of huge innovation, determination, adaption and ambition for operators large and small focused on one thing – the role of technology in the drive for efficiency and revenue.

This year has seen pointOne rollout its mobile and kiosk ordering with huge success. And we can’t wait to see what other vendors across the hospitality landscape have been up to in their remit to serve customers safer, quicker, conveniently and at less cost.

Hospitality and Restaurant Events 2021

2021’s hospitality trade calendar promises new ways forward to survive and thrive in the new and changing hospitality environment.

From PoS software, self-serve tech, robotics through to innovative interior design concepts to create ambience in socially distanced venues. Plus new ingredient-saving ideas and more advanced and affordable technology to create new customer experiences and slick operations, next year’s hospitality events calendar is not to be missed in 2021!

What’s on the Hospitality Events Calendar 2021?

1. The Hospitality Forum
21st January 2021, The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London

The Premier Business Forum for the UK’s Hospitality Sector, celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

A highly focused business forum that brings together senior decision-makers from leading hospitality operators and specific sector suppliers.

The two-day forum provides an exclusive professional environment, where purchasing executives and suppliers meet in scheduled one-to-one appointments, networking sessions and social functions.

2. Hospitality Tech and Innovation Forum
28th & 29th January 2021

A virtual meet-the-buyer event.

Spread of over two mornings, the Hospitality Tech and Innovation Forum is a unique one-day event for senior hotels and hospitality procurement professionals.

The Forum is aimed at enabling you to meet with innovative and competitive suppliers to the industry for a day of business meetings and networking.

3. Lakes Hospitality Trade Show
9th & 10th March 2022, Kendall (new date) 

The Lakes Hospitality Association (LHA) Trade Show, now entering its 45th year, is a celebration of the hospitality industry and is a hub for both local and national companies to showcase the cutting-edge developments and products in the industry. It’s not just for the Lake District but the country as a whole.

The greatest appeal is the unique opportunity this event represents to present products and services directly to owners of the diverse range of businesses from across the region.

Primarily it offers an excellent opportunity for the hospitality trade to see what is on offer within the industry and to stay ahead of current trends.

4. Northern Restaurant & Bar Show
29th & 30th June 2021, Manchester Central

The Twentieth Edition of Northern Restaurant & Bar provides an opportunity for leading operators, suppliers and industry figures to meet, speak and do business.

From Liverpool to Leeds, the North East to the North West and the Lake District to the Peak District, NRB brings the cream of the hospitality industry to Manchester.

5. Casual Dining
23rd & 24th September 2021, Excel, London

One of the highlights of the year and the only UK trade show dedicated to the casual dining sector.

Casual Dining gives senior decision-makers from restaurants, pubs and bars, hotels and contract caterers the unique opportunity to discover new products and trends for their business, hear keynotes from the biggest names in foodservice, and all whilst networking with a who’s who of the industry.

6. The Restaurant Show
27th & 29th September 2021, Olympia, London

Spread over five days, this free-to-attend high quality, thought leadership and industry insight event features high profile speakers addressing critical business issues and offering advice and inspiration to help you plan 2021 and beyond.

7. The Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo
9th & 10th November 2021, Excel London

With thousands of vendors and a host of new products and innovations, Takeaway Innovation Expo is one not to be missed.

From mobile payments and delivery to sustainability and food waste, the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo brings the whole restaurant industry together. All the advice you need is available from a great selection of industry experts to help you take your business to the next level.

The keynote speakers and seminars have not been announced yet but last year’s agenda was impressive.

8. Food Entrepreneur Show
9th & 10th November, Excel London

The biggest business growth event for the food and drink industry.

Part of Restaurant and Takeaway Expo, the Food Entrepreneur Show promises a great spread of keynote speakers including Hannah McKay, UK Head of Food – Caffè Nero; Cain Savazzi, Operations Director – TGI Fridays;  Paolo Peretti, MD Retail – Patisserie Valerie; Sam Roberts, CEO & Co-Founder – Boston Tea Party; Marius Robles Co-Founder – Food by Robots; Brandie Deignan Managing Director – Marco Pierre White Restaurants, Black & White Hospitality; Simon Wallis, International Managing Director – Domino’s Pizza Group.

9. Restaurant & Bar Tech Live
9th & 10th November 2021, Excel London

Another of our favourites, packed with keynote speaker visionaries transforming the world of restaurant tech.

Why not grab the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with Lisa Paton International Growth Director – BrewDog; Ryan Jacovides CEO at Mustard Consultancy and Former MD at Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; or Cain Savazzi Operations Director – TGI Fridays; Plus, so many more fabulous leading experts across the hospitality sector.

10. ExpoWest
Wadebridge, Cornwall (Postponed until 2022)

For decades, ExpoWest Cornwall has been the premier trade show for all those involved in its service and supply.

Every year this show is the place where suppliers large and small showcase their latest products and services to Cornwall’s trade buyers. You will see a wide range of different exhibitors showcasing everything from foodservice to fresh produce, bakery to business services, drinks to catering equipment, and speciality foods to sundry supplies, plus much more besides.

With such a broad and comprehensive range on display, the show attracts buyers from hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, supermarkets, grocers, delis, farm shops, independent stores, holiday parks & tourist attractions, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals.

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