The Casual Dining Show enjoyed its fourth year of significant growth with a 9% increase in attendance as it returned to the Business Design Centre in Islington from 22-23 February, showcasing the best new products, solutions, insights, and innovations of the year.
4,785 unique attendees, with over £736m annual spending power, visited the multi-award winning event with one in three visitors to the 200-stand exhibition responsible for a corporate spend of over £500,000.
Chris Brazier, group event director of Casual Dining, said: “Casual Dining 2017 was a record-breaker in every respect. The fact that we’ve just enjoyed our best ever show – with record numbers of buyers and, more importantly, a record quality of buyers – who battled travel strikes and Storm Doris to attend – is testament to this wonderful industry of conscientious decision makers, who simply wouldn’t miss the two days a year that the casual dining sector gets together.
“Their support of the show, as always, has been phenomenal. Thank you to all our visitors, exhibitors, speakers, associations, and media partners. It was this quality of attendees, the high level of engagement, and quantity of new business leads that impressed countless exhibitors. Prompting over 75% of them (another record) to rebook for next year before the show had even closed.”
Kim Addison, marketing director at oil filtration systems provider Vito UK, said: “Casual Dining was another fantastic show. It’s by far the best for us and the quality of footfall is exceptional.”
Kim Antoniou, founder of menu management specialist Kafoodle, added: “This is the second time that we have chosen to exhibit at Casual Dining and I have to say that each year gets better! The contacts and leads that we collected were absolutely outstanding and we have meetings booked as a result beyond all of our expectations. The Casual Dining show is now firmly in our diary as a ‘must do’ for next year.”
Casual Dining will return to the Business Design Centre, in Islington, London, on 21-22 February 2018.