Casual Dining show in the mix for third award

Casual Dining is up for its third AEO Excellence Award tonight.

Casual Dining, which already has two best trade show awards to its name, is up for Best UK Tradeshow – over 2,000metre2 at the exhibition industry’s AEO Excellence Awards tonight at Grosvenor House, in London.

The UK event for the casual dining sector has now been nominated for a best trade show award every year since its launch in 2014. That first year it won the AEO Awards’ under 2,000metre2 category, a title it successfully defended again in 2015.

Thanks to the show’s significant year-on-year growth in attendance, exhibitor numbers and floor space, Casual Dining is now looking to win its biggest award yet at the ‘Oscars’ of the UK’s exhibition world.

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Grace Allwright, group marketing manager of Casual Dining, said: “We’re thrilled that Casual Dining is up for Best Tradeshow for the fourth year running. It’s previously won the ‘under 2,000metre2’ category, so to be nominated in the ‘over 2,000metre2’ is a huge achievement and highlights that it just gets bigger and better every year. As always our thanks go to the exhibitors, visitors and supporters that make Casual Dining such a special and important event for the sector it serves.”

Group event director Chris Brazier agreed: “After our best ever show – with record numbers of buyers and, more importantly, a record quality of buyers, I didn’t think it could get any better for Casual Dining! We’re delighted!

“Being nominated for this prestigious award – 4 years running – is testament to the amazing support the show has received in such a short amount of time. We’re excited to be able to share this nomination with our innovative exhibitors, association and media partners, and all the incredible visitors that have got firmly behind the only show dedicated to serving their vibrant sector.”

The 2017 event, which took place 4 months ago in London, served up 4,785 unique attendees (a 9% increase) to its 200 exhibiting companies (over 75% of which rebooked). Nearly one in three visitors cited a corporate spend of over £500k.

Casual Dining 2018 is already on track for a repeat performance. According to organiser Diversified UK, its exhibition space is selling at record speed. Gamble Foodservice Solutions, Rational UK, Nisbets, Brita Vivreau, and UCC Coffee UK & Ireland are a few of the big names confirmed so far.

As in previous years, Diversified UK received multiple AEO Excellence Awards nominations.  Commercial Kitchen, which ran at the NEC Birmingham last week, is also up for two trophies – ‘Best Tradeshow Launch’ and ‘Best Tradeshow under 2,000metre2’.

Casual Dining will return to the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, on 21-22 February 2018.

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