The Speciality & Fine Food Fair will open its doors on 2 September for a 13th year, with more than 600 local, regional and international suppliers offering some of the world’s best artisan products.
To help small and medium businesses get ahead, the fair will feature a Small Business Forum in which an industry panel - including Cotswold Fayre MD Paul Hargreaves and Lisa Hewish, food technologist at consultancy Rogue Foodies - will offer guidance on a variety of topics.
Visitors seeking one-to-one advice can book a free session with the speakers in the Business Mentoring Centre, where they can ask about business issues including supplier relationships, social media, marketing, finance, HR, online and logistics.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Where: Grand Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
When: Sunday 2 September 10am - 5.30pm Monday 3 September 9.30am - 5pm Tuesday 4 September 9.30am - 5pm
For more details and to register for free entry: www.specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk
Many of those at the show will be companies exhibiting there for the first time, including Pepper & Stew, an African cooking sauces and condiments supplier. Its new products include jollof rice, egusi stew and fish sauce, all free from dairy, gluten and monosodium glutamate.
Running alongside the main exhibition in the Grand Hall is the Speciality Chocolate Fair, dedicated to fine and artisan chocolate. Exhibitors this year include Fairtrade chocolate brand Divine (stand 474), retro sweetmaker Hope & Greenwood (stand 580) and real-life Willy Wonka Willie’s Cacao (stand 373), whose stall offers a taste of chocolate from Venezuela and Madagascar.
New to the fair this year, the UK Chocolate Masters Finals will pitch four chocolate masters - Cocoa Black owner Ruth Hinks, head William Curley chocolatier Alistair Birt, Liberty Boy Confections owner Conor McAlonan and Richie Heppell, head chef at RAF Leuchars’ officers’ mess - against each other for a place in the World Chocolate Masters in Paris.