When and where is Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2021?
Speciality & Fine Food Fair takes place 6 – 7 September at Olympia London.
The opening times are:
Monday 6 September 2021 - 9:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 7 September 2021 - 9:30 - 17:00
For details on getting to Olympia London, take a look at our Where & When page.
Who can attend?
An industry event, Speciality & Fine Food Fair is for retailers, distributors and hospitality operators searching for trend and ingredient-led inspiration.
The Fair creates the opportunity for food and drink buyers to differentiate their company’s offering – be it their menu, shop shelves, gift boxes or websites – by meeting hundreds of inspiring new and specialist producers in one place. For more information, please take a look at our Admissions Policy.
How do I get tickets / a visitor pass?
To register to attend please click here.
Do I need to specify what day I will visit when I register?
No, your visitor pass will grant you access to both days of the event.
Do I need proof of industry?
Speciality & Fine Food Fair is an industry only event so you may be asked to validate your registration with proof of business.
How do I register a colleague?
You can register a colleague from your own registration page. There will be a link to it in your confirmation email.
I’m a member of the press; can I get a press pass?
Yes, please select ‘Press’ on the registration form. All applications for press passes will be vetted by our team.
Can I bring my child with me?
Unfortunately, as this is an industry only event, we do not permit entry to anyone under the age of 18.
Can I exhibit?
Can I bring a bag to the event? / Is there a cloakroom?
Olympia London has cloakrooms available during the Fair. They will open 30 minutes before and close 30 mins after show hours. The cost is £1 per item (£2 for larger bags and suitcases).
What catering is available at Olympia London?
There are three varied food and beverage outlets open during the event. There are also a number of restaurants and bars within walking distance, you can view a guide here.
COVID-19 Safety FAQs
Are there any requirements of entry to the Fair?
We recommend that all attendees, including exhibitors and contractors, pre-register in advance of the event and print their badge at home to ensure limited contact and a quicker arrival once at the venue.
All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 status on arrival at the venue, this will need to be one of the following in the form of:
- Proof of completion of a full course of vaccination 2 weeks prior to arrival.
- Proof of negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 48hrs of arrival - Lateral Flow Tests are available for free from GOV.UK or from your local pharmacy.
- Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
Why do I need to prove my COVID-19 Status?
Current information and guidance suggest that verifying attendees COVID-19 Status is an effective way of reducing the risk of transmission among large groups. Studies of those who have received a full vaccination course demonstrate that the risk of carrying and transmitting the disease is vastly reduced. For those not vaccinated, a lateral flow test has been proven as a reliable way of indicating if people are currently carrying the virus. Therefore, this evidence suggests that this is the best way to keep everyone safe.
How do I show proof of my COVID-19 Status?
1. If you are a resident in England, you can do this via the NHS COVID Pass which lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.
2. Or proof of your negative Lateral Flow Test. To get proof of this, you need to report your results to the NHS. You can do this via using one of the below options – you will need the QR Code, or the ID number from the test strip to report your result.
- Report online: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
- Or report by telephone - Lines are open every day, 7am to 11am England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 119 (Free from mobiles and landlines) Scotland: 0300 303 2713 (charged at your standard network rate)
You can show proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test via the NHS COVID-19 Pass, an email or text message.
How do I access the NHS COVID Pass?
You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS App on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App.
Please note the NHS App (which contains the NHS COVID Pass) is different from the NHS Covid App used for Track and Trace:
You can view your COVID-19 status online and download or print it as a PDF document. To access the service, you’ll need to register for an NHS login if you do not have one already. NHS login registrations may take longer than usual when there are high numbers of requests.
If you do not have access to a smart phone, computer or tablet, you can request an NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website or by calling 119 (select the 'NHS COVID Pass service').
Find out more about the NHS COVID Pass here.
How do I get my COVID Pass to gain entry to the event if I'm a visitor from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or an EU Country?
If you live in Scotland, you can find out how to obtain your vaccination status here.
If you live in Wales, you can find out how to obtain your vaccination status here.
If you live in Northern Ireland, you must supply paper proof of vaccination from your GP, or alternatively show a negative lateral flow test result.
If you live in an EU country then you can use the EU Digital Pass as your vaccination status.
Do I need to wear a face covering?
Following proof of your COVID-19 status on entry to Speciality & Fine Food Fair, it will not be mandatory to wear a face covering, however if it makes you feel more comfortable then we would recommend doing so. We also recommend wearing a face covering in the queue, before your COVID status is checked.
Will social distancing be in place?
All legal limits on social distancing have now been lifted. However, we want everyone to feel as safe as possible when attending the event therefore we have increased gangways to 3 meters where possible to allow for additional spacing.
Will there be hand sanitiser available?
Hand sanitising stations will be available onsite in high traffic areas. We also recommend carrying your own at all times and applying when you enter and leave exhibitor stands, features and theatres.
What other measures will there be at the Fair?
We want you to feel as safe as possible, therefore we have widened our gangways to make additional space and recommend all attendees are mindful of the 'Hands, Face, Space' messaging to ensure everyone feels comfortable.
We will have hand sanitising stations located around the Fair, as well as advising Exhibitors to have hand sanitiser available on their stands. We recommend you carry your own, there are also hand washing facilities around the venue located within the toilets.
What should I do it I feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or if I get contacted by track and trace during the Fair?
Please do not attend the Fair if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. If you should start to feel unwell whilst at the Fair please follow government advice by leaving the event and arrange a PCR test immediately.
If you get 'pinged' or contacted by Track and Trace whilst you are at the Fair, please follow the government advice at the time.
What happens if there has only been one week between my second vaccination and the event?
In this circumstance proof of a negative NHS lateral flow test taken within 48hrs prior to attending the event would be required, and can be displayed via the NHS App, SMS text, or via email.
What happens if I do not have the NHS app?
Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 48hrs prior to attending the event can be used and shown SMS text, or via email - remember to register the result first via the options noted under 'How do I show proof of my COVID-19 Status?'
Proof of vaccine can also be displayed via the NHS website or by downloading and printing off a PDF.
A non-digital letter is also available through the NHS website using the ‘Get your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status letter’ service or by phoning 119.
Who is exempt from the COVID-19 checks?
If you have a medical reason that means you cannot be vaccinated or tested, you will be asked to self-declare this medical exemption.
Are there restrictions for international attendees?
We welcome international attendees to the Fair on the basis they can prove their COVID-19 Status that are advised by the government at the time of the Fair.