Last week we dropped by the Old Truman Brewery for the launch of the Epicurean Show, London’s new artisanal drinks and fine food festival which features more than 120 of the UK’s leading specialist producers and importers and showcases their products; many of which can only be bought online. Knowing the only thing better than an exhibition done well, is one that comes with unlimited tasting sessions of wine, spirits and craft beers – this is an event you wouldn’t to miss.
This August, London Craft Beer Festival welcomed in beer aficionados from far and wide to the fourth edition of what they call ‘the best celebration of great beer in London’. We popped by ticket in hand; which give us entry to one of the three dates it ran for, unlimited small pours, a festival glass and zine (which we later discovered to be a mini guidebook to all the beer).
For those of us who dedicate our lives to the food biz you will no doubt agree that creating a “food experience” each day for people to enjoy is no easy task! There is ambience to consider, an ethos to perfect, and yes of course, a product to deliver. But still, these concepts and so many more are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to creating a successful food business.
The last decade in London has brought with it dynamic chefs from all over the globe who have built destination eateries all across the London capital. What was once a city whose monuments were the main stars, now play equal billing to our shines of food. Each year, Taste of London – The World’s Greatest Restaurant takes a snapshot of our food world and recreates it amongst the palatial gardens of Regents Park. With a menu card that lists a cornucopia of taster bites, Taste of London gives all of us much more than a mouthful.
Welcomed in by a friendly tabby, we entered Copeland Park in Peckham for a unique dining experience at Forza Win; the communal eating pioneers where everyone sits at the same table, pays the same price and shares the same meal.
The VM & Display show 2016 returned to its iconic home at London’s Business Design Centre last week, condensing its usual three days into a two day event that included for the first time, the BDC’s permanent gallery bays, degree show exhibition and other special features.
We dropped in on the show to see the hottest new products, ideas, trends and technologies which are being designed to stop today’s consumers firmly in their tracks. It worked for us! With key advances in technology like holographic mannequins and motion graphic signage, some of which is still in patent stage and yet to hit the market, but firmly stealing the show nonetheless. Here were some of our favourites.
We were lucky enough to be invited down to the stylish Vallebona warehouse in Wimbledon; home to their incredible ‘cheese & meats cool room’, beautifully lit dinning space and delightful shop full of fine Italian produce, along with producers, restaurateurs, chefs, stylists and industry figures, for a intimate opportunity to network and share ideas.
Renowned for hosting events that offer “an evening designed to create an unforgettable experience with not only great food but also a great atmosphere” their first V2B party did exactly that…
Last week, retailers from all over Europe made their way to Birmingham’s NEC for the annual Spring Fair.
Spring Fair is the UK’s largest retail trade exhibition and where retailers go to get the low down on the latest trends while sourcing and re-stocking for the coming year. The Fair spans 14 different categories and launched a wapping 330,000 new products this year to an eager and ambitious audience. The biggest trend I saw? All things British!
Get ready to roll out the red carpet, the time is now for British brands and British products!!
For years now, WBC has been a big supporter of the Guild of Fine Food. From our shared collaborations at the annual Speciality & Fine Food Fair and the Harrogate Fine Food shows, to our partnership in running the Guild Retail Cheese Training Courses in the WBC showroom; it goes without saying we love The Guild! So when I was asked by Director John Farrand to participate as a judge in this year in the World Cheese Awards I was honoured.
Rural Entrepreneur Live is held each year at Birmingham’s NEC. With over 300 exhibitors and attracting more than 6,000 visitors, it’s a trade exhibition and business event for all kinds of rural leisure and tourism businesses looking for ways to increase their revenue. Flying the WBC flag, I went along to find out more…