The new Casual Dining Show attracted 3,655 attendees (excluding revisits) across the two days last week, and there are plans to expand it for next year, its organisers have said.
The exhibition space is set to be expanded for 2015 to include some of the Upper Feature Level at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London. Next year’s event will run on 25 and 26 February.
Restaurants, pubs and bars, and wholesalers and distributors were by far the show’s biggest audience (31%, 23% and 15% respectively), followed by contract caterers at 12% and hotels at 9%, the organisers stated.
Group event manager Chris Brazier said: “We knew that expectations were going to be high – particularly because there’s been nothing quite like it before. But the way it has been so positively received – by thousands of suppliers and operators, from right across the UK – has been truly amazing.
“We now have an exceptional foundation from which to grow and develop over the coming years. I’m looking forward to Casual Dining 2015 already.”
At the show, Vapiano was named winner of Best Designed Multiple Restaurant category. Highly commended was Chilango.
Winner of Best Designed Casual Dining Pub award was No 11 Pimlico Road, London, operated by Darwin & Wallace Highly commended was Hall & Woodhouse in Portishead, Somerset, operated by brewer of the same name.
Winner of Best Designed Independent Restaurant award was Graze Bar, Brewery & Chophouse in Bath, operated by Bath Ales, with highly commended going to Rosa’s Thai Café, London.