With just over 3 weeks to go until doors open for its second edition, Commercial Kitchen has been shortlisted for ‘Best Trade Launch Show’ and ‘Best Tradeshow under 2,000m2’ by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), in its annual Excellence Awards.
The first dedicated trade show for the UK’s entire commercial kitchen industry, Commercial Kitchen is now one of only a few events to have been shortlisted by the AEO as a finalist in both these categories (Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show also enjoyed the honour in 2014).
The 2016 event welcomed over 1,700 attendees, including many of the biggest catering equipment purchasers and specifiers from across the foodservice sector. Attracting the right quality of visitor was said to be key to the show’s success. Now, with visitor pre-registrations tracking ahead for 2017 and exhibition space almost sold-out, it’s hoping to score top marks with the AEO Awards judges too.
Group event director Chris Brazier commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be nominated for these prestigious awards, ahead of the show’s second edition next month. It really is a wonderful endorsement for the show.
“It’s also a great recognition of the impact that Commercial Kitchen has made within the industry in just its first year. We’re excited to be able to share this nomination with our innovative exhibitors, association and media partners, and all the incredible end users, distributors, project houses and consultants that will be attending the show on 6-7 June at NEC.”
Commercial Kitchen returns to the NEC Birmingham on 6-7 June. Show features include a free 2-day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards, and CEDA Awards Gallery.
The annual AEO Excellence Awards recognises achievements by organisers, venues, suppliers and contractors across the exhibitions industry. This year’s winners are to be announced at a dedicated awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in London on 16 June.
Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show, is looking to add to its AEO trophies, having been shortlisted for ‘Best UK Tradeshow over 2,000m2, while Nordic Organic Food Fair, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden (co-located with Natural Products Scandinavia) is shortlisted for ‘Best Overseas Tradeshow over 2,000m2’.