2–4 September 2018 • Olympia London • Trade Only

What to Expect from the Cotswold Fayre Pavilion 2017: A message from Paul Hargreaves

Cotswold Fayre was one of the 40 or so original exhibitors at the very first Speciality & Fine Food Fair 17 years ago.  The industry was small and so was the show!  Of course, we all know that speciality food and drink has grown exponentially over the last 18 years and this, the best and most significant show in the sector has seen corresponding growth. 

Over time, Cotswold Fayre had more and more of its suppliers also exhibiting. In the early years it was relatively easy to work in partnership with suppliers at the show, encouraging them to taste products on the producers stands and then to place orders with Cotswold Fayre on theirs.  As the show grew, however, this became more and more difficult, so we decided to group all our significant suppliers together in one area on the Cotswold Fayre Pavilion.

And so, in 2017, we have our largest pavilion ever with 48 suppliers joining us, many for the first time.  You can see the complete list of producers on our pavilion here but I will mention some of the highlights here:

We have two previous winners of the Cotswold Fayre Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award exhibiting.  The final of this competition takes place every year at the show (find out details of this year’s finalists on our site).  Jerome from Phrooti won in 2015 and has his brand new design of low sugar fruity drinks on display for the first time.  Olly from Olly’s Olives was last year’s winner and he has just brought his delicious on-the-go olives to market.  The flavours are tremendous, so much so, that many people who have said they don’t like olives love these!

Young persons award

Scandinavian products are very on trend currently with all the talk of us Brits needing a little more “hygge” in our lives!  We have three brands from Scandinavia: Morsjo Deli from Sweden who make the most delicious and addictive flatbreads, Simply Chocolate from Denmark with stunning and slightly risqué chocolate from Copenhagen, and Helt Honey also created in Denmark that looks and tastes superb.

There is also a distinctly North American feel to the Cotswold Fayre Pavilion this year with several ranges from across the pond: corn chips from Texas, Xochitl, Joe Tea, iced tea from New York, and Escuminac maple syrup, from, where else, Canada. We also feature the fun Brooklyn brand, Belgian Boys, products all made in Europe though and growing really well with Cotswold Fayre in the UK and Ireland.

Cotswoyld fair suppliers

There are many other brilliant products to taste on the pavilion, including the most successful new product for us in 2017, What a Melon, water melon juice – also a fellow B Corp. On the Cotswold Fayre stand itself we will be largely featuring our chilled range which has grown significantly during 2017 and we also have several chilled suppliers on the pavilion. 

If you haven’t already then register today – and I look forward to seeing you in early September!

About the Author: Paul HargreavesPaul Hargreaves

Paul Hargreaves is a well-known character within the speciality food world both for his insightful views on the sector, independent retailing, and general business “know how”.  Paul’s blog “Speciality Bites” is widely read by retailers and producers alike, and he is often asked to contribute to debates and articles within the industry.  His background includes an M.A. in Zoology and 10 years in the charitable sector in inner-city London.  

He became involved in the Bala Children’s Centre seven years ago, as a way of giving back to the wider world community.  Since then Cotswold Fayre has become the key partner in starting business projects in Kenya associated with the children’s centre (so far a farm and a water project) with the end goal of making the centre completely self-sufficient for its day-to-day running costs.