2–4 September 2018 • Olympia London • Trade Only

A Feast of Opportunity

Fresh new look a success for 18th annual trade show!

The doors have closed on another gourmet spectacular. Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2017 may be over for this year, but the journey is just beginning for hundreds of speciality food and drink producers who exhibited their mouth watering creations at the three-day extravaganza.

A new look show greeted foodservice, retail, wholesale and hospitality buyers at Olympia London. Visitors were treated to tasty artisan products from exhibitors including; Belvoir Fruit Farms, Brindisa, Burts Chips, Cawston Press, Divine Chocolate, Dr Wills, Fairfield Farms, Great British Biscotti Co., Halen Mon, Joe & Seph’s, Luscombe Drinks, Mill & Mortar, Nicholas Vahe, Rombouts, Snowdonia Cheese Company, Savoursmiths, Soda Folk, Ten Acre, Van Strien, Vinegar Shed and Warner Edwards

Buyers discovered exciting new trends and innovative products from over 700 exhibitors. The free from movement remained a strong focus for producers, along with health and wellbeing. We saw everything from functional teas, all natural condiments, free fromnut butters and raw chocolate to chickpea crisps with Vitamin D, gourmet fruit lollies, gin with collagen, sugar free prosecco and spices galore.

As well as being a beacon of outstanding British produce, Speciality & Fine Food Fair bought together examples of fine food from abroad too. Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Gareth Wilson visited the Fair to meet producers on the Taste of Ulster stand. Giovanni Fava, Lombardy Minister of Agriculture, attended to watch Italian chefs whip up a storm using ingredients from the Lombardy Region on the demo stage.

Happy Shoppers

Speciality & Fine Food Fair is the leading showcase of glorious food and drink from the UK and beyond. The aisles of Olympia were packed with quality trade visitors; including buyers from Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods Market and Selfridges, as well as from restaurants and hotels including Claridge's and Hakkasan Group, plus hundreds of independent delis and farm shops from across the country.

Exhibitor, Paul Rostand from the Great British Biscotti Co, explains: "Speciality & Fine Food Fair hasbeen a fantastic show for us this year, enabling usto meet and present our brand to the top buyers inthe industry. All of the visitors were industry professionals anditis essential tobe there to meet the best buyers and producers. A networking event that we can't afford to miss. We have already booked for 2018andwe can't wait!"

Adrian Boswell, Fresh Food Buyer at Selfridges remarks:

I really enjoyed Speciality & Fine Food Fair this year, a vast improvement in product quality and zoning of stands in comparison to last year. I absolutely loved the Discovery Zone and am already looking forward to visiting again next year!

Justin Lennox, Buyer at Morrisons commented: "This is the second year in a row I have attended the Fair. It is by far the best speciality food and drink show in Northern Europe!"

Look, Listen and Learn...

Along with a treasure trove of tasty delights, buyers were invited to tread the Speciality Chocolate Trail, created by award-winning pâtissier Will Torrent, to uncover the latest chocolate and confectionery treats.

Chef Steve Walpole went headtohead with Great Taste award chef Nick Crosley in the Savour the Flavour: Live Kitchen. The Food for Thought stage, sponsored by Cotswold Fayre, offered advice to small businesses. Experts included Jennie Allen, Proprietor of Bayley & Sage delis and Alison Muirhead, Independent Retail Lead for the Soil Association. Producers were also given the chance to visit the Scale Up; where they gathered advice and practical business solutions in roundtable discussions.

Join Us Next Year!

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2018 will take place at Olympia London, 2 - 4 September.

Kara Bowen, Event Manager, said:

Speciality food and drink is a flourishing sector and each year we are amazed by the stunning and inimitable products that are on display. 2017 saw a fresh, new look for the Fair at Olympia and it was a great success. Our audience asked and we listened. We aimed to reinforce the unique nature of the Fair and enhance the visitor experience, which is exactly what we achieved! Many producers have already signed up for next year and we look forward to welcoming them all again.
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