Hotelympia will return to London’s ExCeL next February and organisers have unveiled some new additions to the already jam-packed line-up.
Held from February 29 to March 3, the four-day exhibition is expected to welcome a whole host of visitors from the hospitality sector and will cater for them with 1,000 exhibitors in a range of topical sectors such as food and drink, technology and interiors.
New for 2016 in the equipment hall, is the Meet the Buyer programme, which will be buyers’ requirements matched to the exhibitor whose equipment best meets their needs. This is where they can talk to the experts, compare and contrast kit and try before they make a purchase.
The Stage and HOSPACE Hub will once again play host to a number of top industry figures, including Diego Masciaga from three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn; designer and sustainable architecture pioneer Oliver Heath and Google’s Head of Hospitality, who will all take the spotlight at some point to share their insight and secrets.
The Staff Canteen Live – Skillery, held in conjunction with The Craft Guild of Chefs, will be showcasing the skills of 16 of the country’s leading chefs, comprising some 20 Michelin stars. The line-up includes: chef patron of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare Smyth; Tom Kerridge Claude Bosi and Nathan Outlaw.
Salon Culinaire returns to Hotelympia in 2016 with a brand new chef director, executive chef of the Royal Garden Hotel, Steve Munkley, as well as a host of programme changes.
In addition to the three competitive elements of Salon Culinaire; La Parade des Chefs, Salon Display, and Live Theatre, new for 2016 is The Skills Theatre which will give chefs at the very beginning of their careers the chance to experience the thrill of a competition with classes including butchery, fishmongery, pastry and sugar-craft.
Another first for Salon, front-of-house staff will now also get to demonstrate their skills and put their efforts to the test in a selection of service classes.
Hotelympia’s Drinks Cabinet and Drinks Innovation Theatre will grow to encompass craft beer, cider, spirits, wine and mead as the drinks scene moves from strength-to-strength. The Drinks Innovation Theatre will not only house talks on the profitability of alcoholic beverages, but also how getting your hot drinks offering right can be equally as rewarding.
Also making a second appearance at the show will be Waste-Works – a new, co-located event focusing purely on suppliers of waste solutions and services seeking to target the hospitality sector.
Visitors can pre-register for Hotelympia 2016 now by following this link: www.hotelympia.com/register