Trade show Glee (15 – 17 September, NEC Birmingham) organised by i2i Events Group, will be offering a more prominent Food & Catering Zone this year, sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens.
The Glee Food & Catering Zone, now in its second year, will feature a walk-through case study gallery showcasing catering excellence across a range of sectors, from food courts and hotel chains to farm shops and pasta bars.
The gallery will also pinpoint the trends and tastes that matter to today’s shoppers, for garden retailers to apply to their own locations.
A second area will offer hands-on workshop sessions each day, on menu selection, catering equipment, staffing and consumer trends. A third section will bring together product ideas to help garden retailers enhance their catering presentation techniques.
Would-be caterers will also be able to watch live ‘cook-off’ demonstrations, using Rational Combi Ovens.
Vision Commercial Kitchens managing director Jack Sharkey, who is also chairman of the Catering Equipment Distributors Association, said: "Glee’s aim, like ours, is to arm garden retailers with every tool and technique they need to meet the growing demand for on-site food and refreshments. Our galleries, workshops and cooking demonstrations will offer a chance to learn from best practice in a range of sectors, to meet the experts and to explore the latest trends. It’s a chance not to be missed for any garden centre wanting to build their catering profits."
Glee event manager Matthew Mein added: "We are delighted to welcome Vision Commercial Kitchens back on board as sponsor of our Food & Catering Zone, as well as all the exhibitors in this field. Catering plays a significant and growing role in garden retailing these days, and we invite everyone looking to enhance their food offering to make the most of the unprecedented expertise, contacts and ideas that will be brought together at Glee."