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Here’s a summary of all of the best catering expos for hoteliers and hospitality industry professionals to attend this year. I’ve included a mix of conferences focused on food & beverage, catering, and food service which can help you connect with industry peers and learn new technologies and trends in the food and hotel industry.

Best Catering Expos Shortlist

Here’s my shortlist of the best catering expos I think are worth attending in 2024:

  1. The NGA Show - Las Vegas, NV (March 2024)
  2. Seafood Expo North America - Boston, MA (March 2024)
  3. Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show - Honolulu, HI (March 2024)
  4. Hotel, Restaurant & Catering - London, UK (March 2024)
  5. RC Show 2024 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (April 2024)
  6. National Restaurant Association Show 2024 - Chicago, IL (May 2024)
  7. Foodservice Australia 2024 - Sydney, Australia (May 2024)
  8. Aged Care Catering Summit - Sydney, Australia (May 2024)
  9. 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show - New York, NY (June 2024)
  10. IFT First Annual Event & Expo - Chicago, IL (July 2024)
  11. LRA Showcase 2024 - New Orleans, LA (August 2024)
  12. California Restaurant Show - Los Angeles, CA (August 2024)
  13. Fine Food Australia  - Melbourne, Australia (September 2024)
  14. America’s Food & Beverage Show & Conference - Miami, FL (September 2024)
  15. Hospitality Tech Expo - London, UK (October 2024)
  16. Street Food Business Expo - London, UK (October 2024)

Find more details about each conference below.

Best Catering Expos

1. The NGA Show - Las Vegas, NV (March 2024)

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The NGA Show

Overview: The NGA Show focuses on the grocery industry, offering insights into retail technology, marketing, food trends, and logistics. It features industry leaders and innovators as speakers.

Why You Should Attend: This catering expo is key for grocers looking to adapt to digital shifts and consumer trends, offering strategies for operational efficiency and profitability.

2. Seafood Expo North America - Boston, MA (March 2024)

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Seafood Expo North America

Overview: This expo covers the terms of the seafood industry, focusing on sustainable practices, new products, market trends, and trade. It attracts global seafood professionals.

Why You Should Attend: The Seafood Expo North America is ideal for those in the seafood sector seeking insights on sustainability, market trends, and global trade opportunities.

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3. Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show - Honolulu, HI (March 2024)

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Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show

Overview: A special event for the hospitality industry in Hawaii, the Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show focuses on management, food service innovations, and tourism marketing.

Why You Should Attend: Great for hospitality professionals looking to enhance guest experiences and stay competitive in a dynamic tourism market.

4. Hotel, Restaurant & Catering - London, UK (March 2024)

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Hotel, Restaurant & Catering

Overview: HRC is an event dedicated to the UK's hospitality sector, featuring innovations in food service, hospitality technology, and sustainable practices. It draws industry professionals for insights and networking.

Why You Should Attend: Perfect for those in hospitality looking to explore the latest trends, products, and technologies driving the industry forward.

5. RC Show 2024 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (April 2024)

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RC Show 2024

Overview: Canada's leading food and beverage industry event, the RC Show focuses on innovation, sustainability, and cutting-edge trends. It offers a platform for networking, education, and discovery.

Why You Should Attend: This expo is essential for food service professionals seeking to adapt to industry changes and discover new products and technologies.

6. National Restaurant Association Show 2024 - Chicago, IL (May 2024)

National Restaurant Association Show website screenshot
National Restaurant Association Show 2024

Overview: The largest foodservice trade event in the Americas, showcasing culinary breakthroughs, emerging technology, and trends. Attracts a global audience of industry professionals.

Why You Should Attend: A must-visit for those in the restaurant industry to stay ahead of culinary trends, operational efficiencies, and customer engagement strategies.

7. Foodservice Australia 2024 - Sydney, Australia (May 2024)

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Foodservice Australia 2024

Overview: Foodservice Australia 2024 is a premier food expo event, showcasing the latest in foodservice, bakery items, and equipment. It's a hub for bakers, chefs, caterers, and suppliers discovering new trends and networking.

Why You Should Attend: Ideal for those in the Australian foodservice industry looking to connect with suppliers, learn about new products, and gain insights into industry trends.

8. Aged Care Catering Summit - Sydney, Australia (May 2024)

Aged Care Catering Summit website screenshot
Aged Care Catering Summit

Overview: Focused on catering in the aged care sector, this summit addresses nutrition, menu planning, and the unique challenges of catering to older adults. It features industry experts and practical sessions.

Why You Should Attend: Crucial for organizers, distributors, and catering professionals in aged care seeking to enhance their services with nutritional knowledge and innovative catering solutions.

9. 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show - New York, NY (June 2024)

2024 Summer Fancy Food Show website screenshot
2024 Summer Fancy Food Show

Overview: The 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show features thousands of new products from around the world. It's a place for industry innovation, education, and networking.

Why You Should Attend: Essential for food and beverage professionals looking to explore the latest trends, meet suppliers, and experience the newest specialty food products.

10. IFT First Annual Event & Expo - Chicago, IL (July 2024)

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IFT First Annual Event & Expo

Overview: This expo focuses on the science of food, featuring the latest in food technology, ingredients, safety, and sustainability. It's a key meeting point for food professionals, exhibitors, and academics.

Why You Should Attend: Ideal for those in food science and technology looking to explore groundbreaking research, innovative solutions, and networking opportunities.

11. LRA Showcase 2024 - New Orleans, LA (August 2024)

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LRA Showcase 2024

Overview: Louisiana's premier restaurant and hospitality event, focusing on the latest industry trends, products, and services. It's a prime spot for cooking demos, education sessions, and cocktail competitions.

Why You Should Attend: A must for those in the Louisiana hospitality sector seeking to connect with providers, discover new products, and gain local industry insights.

12. California Restaurant Show - Los Angeles, CA (August 2024)

California Restaurant Show website screenshot
California Restaurant Show

Overview: The California Restaurant Show is a key event for the California foodservice industry, showcasing innovations in food, beverage, and technology tailored to the West Coast market.

Why You Should Attend: Essential for restaurant professionals in California looking for the latest trends, networking, and growth opportunities in a dynamic market.

13. Fine Food Australia - Melbourne, Australia (September 2024)

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Fine Food Australia

Overview: Fine Food Australia is a trade event for the food industry, showcasing the latest in food, drink, and equipment. Attendees can explore new flavors, innovative technologies, and industry insights.

Why You Should Attend: Key for food industry professionals in Australia and beyond, looking to discover new products, meet suppliers, and gain insights into food trends and innovations.

14. America’s Food & Beverage Show & Conference - Miami, FL (September 2024)

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America’s Food & Beverage Show & Conference

Overview: This event is a major platform for the global food and beverage market, offering opportunities to network, attend workshops, and explore a vast array of products.

Why You Should Attend: The expo is ideal for businesses looking to expand their market reach, understand industry trends, and explore international trade opportunities.

15. Hospitality Tech Expo - London, UK (October 2024)

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Hospitality Tech Expo

Overview: Focused on the latest in hospitality technology, the Hospitality Tech Expo offers insights into improving customer experience, operational efficiency, and business growth through technology.

Why You Should Attend: The expo is a must-visit for those looking to leverage technology to enhance their hospitality business, from small independents to large chains.

16. Street Food Business Expo - London, UK (October 2024)

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Street Food Business Expo

Overview: The Street Food Business Expo focuses on the latest trends, equipment, and strategies for success in the street food scene.

Why You Should Attend: The event is perfect for current and aspiring street food entrepreneurs looking for insights, networking, and growth opportunities in this vibrant sector.

Summary

As we've explored a variety of expos and conferences tailored for the food, beverage, and hospitality industries across the globe, each offers unique opportunities for professionals to learn, network, and grow their businesses. Whether you're interested in the latest culinary trends, technology advancements, or sustainable practices, there's an event out there for you. You can also attend more general hotel conferences, which may cover catering, events, property management, marketing, and more.

If you know of other conferences that would benefit hospitality professionals, feel free to share your recommendations. It's all about staying connected, informed, and inspired in this dynamic industry. Make sure you join our newsletter to learn about more industry events and resources for hotel managers!

Cory Masters
By Cory Masters

Cory Masters is a dynamic professional with 10+ years of experience working across hotel and hospitality management, accounting, financial management, office management, and operations. She's passionate about elevating other professionals in the community, using her 4 years as an Assistant Hotel Manager at Four Seasons to share the lessons she's learned about managing guest interactions, reservations, hotel staff, hotel services, hotel management systems, and more.