It doesn’t even feel like we’ve had a proper summer yet, but that isn’t stopping the organisers of The Restaurant Show turning their attentions to the 2012 edition of the event, scheduled for October.

Those behind the three-day affair this week gave their first insight into what’s in store at this year’s show, which once again promises to attract thousands of professionals from across the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Visitors are being promised an impressive live event programme that includes The Centre Stage, Business Bootcamp, Competition Theatre, Drinks Quarter and, new for 2012, the Street Market and the Artisan Producer’s Market.

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Top chefs booked to appear at the event include Philip Howard, Jason Atherton, Giorgio Locatelli, Sat Bains, Peter Gilmore and William Curley.

A number of catering equipment manufacturers and distributors are expected to be present at the show, as they look to market their wares and forge ties with end-user buyers.

Rachel Quigley, exhibitions director of The Restaurant Show, said: “The Restaurant Show is a definitive platform for foodservice owners, chefs, sommeliers and decision makers from across the restaurant and catering sector, from independents to multiples and national chains, to meet face to face with their peers and be inspired by demonstrations and seminars from some of the most recognised names in the business.”

Quigley is anticipating that “change and innovation” will be key themes of this year’s show, as exhibitors bid to demonstrate how they are managing their way through current economic pressures.

The Restaurant Show takes place between October 8-10 at Earl’s Court 2 in London.

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