Here’s a taste of what went on at this year's Fair…
The 2018 speciality market report
Download your copy for a complete summary of the independent retail sector including new market data, trends and an analysis of new challenges.
700 ARTISAN AND START-UP PRODUCERS
From heritage brands to industry disruptors: visitors had the chance to taste, touch and sample food & drink products from 700 artisan suppliers.
THE DISCOVERY ZONE
The Discovery Zone showcased the latest food and drink gems from exciting start-ups (who have each been trading in the UK for less than 36 months).
THE DRINKS CABINET in partnership with fentimans
The Drinks Cabinet provided the chance to mingle with mixologists, experience unique pairings, source new products and uncover the latest trends in our new wine and spirits area.
Our trend trails helped visitors to easily uncover the next big thing in key product categories such as speciality chocolate, plant-based products and more.
New for 2018 - Some of our exhibitors were hand-picked to pitch their products to leading retailers and get instant feedback.
Presented by the Seed Fund: shortlisted start-ups pitched live to an audience and our judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition.
THE ULTIMATE RETAIL EXPERIENCE
We’ve set out to uncover the ultimate food shopping experience. Using our very own survey, we re-created the results in an interactive feature at the event.
SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR: LIVE KITCHEN
Taste buds were tantalised at our demonstration kitchen! Audience members received practical advice and tips from some of the industry’s most experienced chefs and personalities.
Visitors benefited from the experiences of retail experts and small business owners to overcome the hurdles faced in the fast-paced food & drink world on our interactive talks stage.
GREAT TASTE DELI
Visitors could be confident their shelves or menus would feature some of the finest produce around by being the first to see and taste the prestigious 2018 Great Taste award winners at the Fair.
We celebrated the top products from the show in our exciting and new show Awards. The winners were some of the most inspiring and delicious new products at the Fair.