Scotland’s hospitality industry trade event, ScotHot, is returning to Glasgow in collaboration with Scottish Tourism Week.
Taking place on 15-16 March at Glasgow’s SECC, exhibitor numbers are already up on previous years.
Toby Wand, MD of organiser Fresh Montgomery, said: “The industry’s appetite for ScotHot just continues to grow year on year. As a place where businesses can trade and head hunt, and a platform for chefs to showcase their skills and experts to trade knowledge, it’s a beneficial experience for all.
“We are delighted that ScotHot will once again be the centrepiece of the opening of ‘Scottish Tourism Week’ and expect to welcome over 100 brand new exhibitors that haven’t been at the show before. We are looking forward to a packed two days of activity, bigger and better than ever before.”
New features for 2017 include Staff Canteen Live, which will showcase the culinary skills of some of the UK’s leading chefs, and Liquid Academy Live which will host a number of speakers demonstrating innovation in Scotland’s drinks industry.
The Scottish Culinary Championships, sponsored by Compass Group, is back for its 32nd year, highlighting the skills of Scotland’s next generation of top chefs. Scottish Chef of the Year and Scottish Junior Chef of the Year are just two of the accolades that will be awarded.
The Spotlight Stage, sponsored by Scottish Tourism Alliance, will feature expert speakers from hospitality and tourism businesses, who will share their experiences and insight on some of the hot topics of the moment.
Marc Crothall, chief executive of Scottish Tourism Alliance, said: “We are delighted once again to be bringing ScotHot under the umbrella of the national Scottish Tourism Week (STW) programme, co-ordinated by the STA, placing the 2017 spotlight firmly on tourism, food, drink and great hospitality. This important trade show, one of five STW Signature events, is the perfect complement to our own National Tourism Conference. We look forward to building on the success of our 2015 partnership with ScotHot and in 2017 we are delighted to have been given the lead to develop a Spotlight Stage programme that will add to the show’s offering and form part of the our own Signature Conference agenda.
“Our 2017 partnership with ScotHot will provide the anticipated 8,000 colleagues from industry with a ‘one stop shop’ conference and exhibition experience, offering further value for those travelling afar who have come to hear national and international guest speakers, giving them the opportunity to meet suppliers, network and of course take back knowledge and inspiration to their tourism businesses.”
ScotHot brings together suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; décor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.