SquareMeal has reported a total attendance of almost 7,000 (DPA audit pending) to its annual exhibition Venues + Events Live. “Both visitors and exhibitors alike are calling the 2017 exhibition the best show yet,” the organiser said. The event took place on 20-21 September at Old Billingsgate.
Hannah Walley, Show manager, commented: “We’ve had incredible feedback from both long-standing exhibitors and those new to exhibiting at Venues + Events Live this year on both the quality of attendees and quality of enquiries received over the two days.”
Walley said new partnerships signed for the show this year meant the venue looked “stunning” and provided “a great backdrop for market-leading speaker content, workshops and exhibitors”.
With over 60 CPD-accredited SquareMeal Sessions, masterclasses and workshops, the exhibition saw a record number of features and a diverse range of speakers split across the two days.
Keynote speakers included celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, and Gennaro Contaldo, as well as A-list party planner, Fran Cutler.
Visitors learned a range of new skills including calligraphy, chocolate making, speaking skills, sushi, canapé making and stress-relief strategies.
Rachel Harty, head of marketing and Events at SquareMeal, commented: “The content at this year’s show really exemplified how Venues + Events has evolved as a show, by not only allowing visitors to connect with hundreds of incredible venues and suppliers, but also pick up knowledge and skills that will enable them to be better at their job.
“The CPD-accredited SquareMeal Sessions, workshops and masterclasses were busier than ever, with a really diverse variety of speakers and skills on offer,” she concluded.
SquareMeal is an independent guide to restaurants, bars and venues in the UK. Venues + Events Live is an exhibition organised by the company for 12 years.