The countdown to Casual Dining 2019 has begun with the announcement of its first raft of expert speakers, plus an exclusive preview of new exhibitors. The UK’s biggest restaurant, pub and bar event of the year, the event will take place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 27th and 28th February.
The line-up will include a record 220 exhibitors, plus 50 speakers appearing in 25 free business seminars across two dedicated keynote theatres. Among the big names announced are five CEOs, including Casual Dining Group’s Steve Richards, Brewdog’s David MacDowell and UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls. Jon Knight, head of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, whose opening day keynote last year was widely covered in the national and trade press, will also be back at the show to discuss the brand’s refresh 12 months on.
“Casual Dining is the two days a year that multi-site restaurant, pub and bar operators get together, and the continuing support from the industry, as always, has been phenomenal,” said event manager Eva Ellis. “The move to ExCeL has also generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm.”