Visitors to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair will be blitzed by a dazzling array of products from more than 300 producers both from the UK and overseas including Russia, Barbados and Sri Lanka. But a central attraction will be the interactive Fine Food Forum featuring tastings and demos by Master Chefs of Great Britain, says Sarah Harvey, marketing manager at organiser Fresh RM. "Retailers can come and see what caterers are doing and get some inspiration."
Exhibitors range from first-timers such as Little Red Barn, Lemon Liqueur and Skylark Trading to seasoned companies like Yattendon Estates and Gordon's Fine Foods.
Flying the Union Jack for local fare are regional food organisations including North West Fine Foods, East Midlands Food for Thought, and the Welsh Development Agency.
English winemaker Ridgeview Wine Estates will provide an exclusive preview of Kinghtsbridge 1999, its first Blanc de Blanc, which will be launched in December. And Scottish firm Gillies Fine Foods is showcasing its new Glenferie Toddy and Glasgow Punch mixes, and launching its Highland Produced Gift Box.
Cottage Delight is introducing a confectionery range including truffles, pralines, marzipan, fruit and flavoured chocolates, while Cole's Traditional Foods is unveiling alcohol-flavoured puddings.
On the overseas front, fine food importer Hia-Balie will launch its Espelette chilli pepper condiment, as well as traditional Basque offerings such as preserved mild peppers and flavoured vinegars.
Oliviers & Co is launching a range of 20 new olive oils selected from France, Italy, Greece, Uruguay and Spain (pictured).
Olympia will host the final of The Great Taste Awards, organised by The Guild of Fine Food Retailers, and the event will mark the launch of British Food Fortnight.
The Leeds event is held at the Royal Armouries Hall from September 1-2, while the Olympia event takes place from September 8-10.