Opinion

What will you be doing on the first 3 days of a wet week in late February?

Hospitality Expo, the biggest trade exhibition for the Irish food and beverage service industry this year, gets underway next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 20th to 23rd February.

In these depressing times, you should cheer yourself up and go along to Hospitality 2012.

After all, eight leading trade organisations can’t be wrong. They’re supporting the show which has around 100 exhibitors and a massive line-up of seminars, features, demonstrations and attractions. What else would you be doing on the first three days of a wet week in late February? Many businesses must have felt similarly, so would you be surprised to hear that nearly 1,000 trade visitors have already pre-registered to attend with many of the seminar sessions already over-subscribed?

Hospitality 2012 is about the business of food and beverage services. It’s targeted at the proprietors, directors, decision-makers and managers whose responsibility is to ensure that their operations respond to changing market demands and who can avail of the latest ideas in technology, entertainment, cost-reduction and service systems.

If food be the muisic of the on-trade business for the future, read on. For this year’s show includes the RAI’s Hospitality Restaurant and the CIA’s High-Tech Kitchen in operation offering fast, versatile and low energy solutions. Under the MasterChefs Live banner, Andrew Rudd and RAI member chefs will demonstrate ‘Cooking for Profit’ while Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hospitality Institute will host the Training & Skills Village as Fáilte Ireland’s Chef Martin Potts gives demonstrations on Tapas.

And as the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition reaches its zenith out in Puerto Rico (with the Merchant Hotel’s Hayden Scott Lambert hopefully still flying the flag for Ireland at the final there on Monday), don’t forget to drop into the BAI’s very own Bacardi Cocktail Competition and be amazed at the Disco Bar with 3D Cinema, part of the Euro 2012 offering at the show.

The LVA and Irish Pubs Global will be present, offering visitors a chance to get more familiar with the Irish Pubs Forum concept while one-to-one mentoring will be going on for problem-solving with Fáilte Ireland.

All-in-all, quite a spectacle next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Industries Hall in the RDS.  See you there!

Opening Times:

  • Monday 20th February:        12:30pm – 5:00pm
  • ?Tuesday 21st February:        11:00am – 5:00pm?
  • Wednesday 22nd February: 10:00am – 4:00pm

 

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