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A 30th anniversary to remember

As another year of The Restaurant Show comes to an end, we take a look over the three action-packed days at some of the highlights which blended together to make an unforgettable show. From the 400+ exhibitors who made the journey to Olympia London, to the thousands of visitors, impressive speakers, and prestigious competitions, the 30th anniversary show will be remembered and re-lived for years to come.


The Stage was occupied with endless talent and expertise over The Restaurant Show’s three days and captivated the heart of the audience with tales of tenacity, topical debates and interviews with some of the world’s top culinary names. 

The Fantastical Espresso Brothers also took to The Stage on Tuesday to discuss what’s next for this fast-moving sector. They spoke about everything from pricing, plastics and coffee outlets’ evolving profile on the High Street.


Not forgetting the Great New Idea Award, which recognises outstanding innovations each year, claimed by Bottle Glass to Sand whose unique reduction system in dealing with non-returnable bottle waste was brilliantly deserving for its dedication to the environment.

Wrapping up the three sustainable days was City Harvest London whose fantastic work collecting all of the leftover food from the show was able to be donated to many organisations providing meals to vulnerable people around London. This includes homeless shelters, soup kitchens, after school programmes, centres for veterans, and organisations that assist people with alcohol or drug addictions.


Amongst the 400+ exhibitors who used The Restaurant Show as a platform to demonstrate what makes them different to competitors was GMS Espresso, Home Chocolate Factory, Parsley In Time, Rational, Lightspeed POS, The Handmade Cake Company, Nestle, Filberts Fine Foods, Majisign and Andy Thornton.

There were product launches, equipment demos and a whole load of interior inspiration. Amongst many exhibitors who returned for 2018 was Lockhart Catering Equipment who revealed the product awards as part of Catering Equipment Expo.


Exhibitors and visitors alike are now returning home with valuable insight into some of the latest trends, industry statistics and inspiration, as well as lots of new connections. Over 100 exhibitors have already booked their spots for next year. If you are interested in exhibiting for 2019 please click here.

The Restaurant Show featuring Bar & Pub and Catering Equipment Expo returns to Olympia London next year on 7th-9th October. Make sure you are keeping up-to-date with all the latest news on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by following @restaurantshow (#TRS2018) or register your interest to visit next year here.

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