Just one week to go before the doors open on the seventh Farm Shop & Deli Show 24th – 26th April 2017.
WELL WORTH THE VISIT
The countdown has begun for the opening of the much-anticipated Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017. Excitement is mounting, stands are being prepared, food and displays perfected - all the show needs now is you!
Designed especially with the specialist food retailer in mind, the seventh Farm Shop & Deli Show is free to attend for all farm shops, cafés, delis, food halls, garden centres, butcheries, fishmongeries and bakeries.
Farm Shop & Deli Show is a perfect place to find fresh new ideas and inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source winning new lines and meet suppliers face-to-face. Taking precious time out to attend this eclectic and comprehensive event is such a great investment in your business.
Speaking about some of the many reasons to attend the show as a retailer, Dee Gill, company Director of Dee Lite Bakery says, “The show benefited my business by me being able to actually talk to people and see products in person rather than just a picture or something on the internet.” And Tony Figg, Head Butcher at Chatsworth Farm Shop says, “It benefits us a lot because we're keeping up with the times.”
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO REGISTER
So don't get left behind. There's always a place for you at Farm Shop & Deli Show. Visitors can register online before and even during the show. Simply visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk then collect your badge on arrival and enjoy everything the show has to offer. Your badge will also gain you access to The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show.
With more than 450 exhibitors gathered to impress the discerning retailer, visitors' senses will be deluged in the best possible way by a host of sights, smells and tastes. A whole range of products and services to suit all businesses will be present. From frozen rosé wine popsicles (Frozé by POPS, Stand K109) to honeycombs in a crate (Art of Honey Ltd, Stand E24), there is a pleasing surfeit of categories to explore including Bakery, Chocolate, Confectionery & Snacks, Cheese & Dairy, Ethnic, Fairtrade & Organic, Charcuterie & Meat, Seafood, Fruit & Vegetables, Giftware and Beverages. There will even be packaging, labeling, equipment, business services, logistics and supply chain specialists on hand to help get new products noticed and supplied further afield.
BIG NAMES IN THE KNOW
There will be many big names and experts-in-their-field at the show. Here's what some of them have to say about their involvement with Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017:
Richard Fox – chef, author and broadcaster
“I've been compèring at the show for a number of years now and I love it! It has a great feeling of camaraderie amongst the exhibitors, visitors and participants, and as such I look forward to it every year and to catching up with people who are now more than just business acquaintances.”
Nigel Bardon – presenter and Farm Shop & Deli Awards Chair of Judges
“It's huge and cleverly put together. Massively diverse.” When asked to sum up Farm Shop & Deli Show in three words, Nigel immediately said: “Vibrant, Informative, Fun”.
Also sharing their wisdom and demonstrating their skills and experience will be author, presenter and former BBC Apprentice candidate Saira Kahn and the brothers from Hobbs House Bakery, Tom and Henry Herbert who say, "We're looking forward to the smells and tastes of this year's Farm Shop & Deli Show; it really is a unique experience. We love getting to meet so many like-minded people with such a passion for good food and clever, wholesome baking. Come and join us for our session: 'Use your Loaf Master Class' on the main stage at Farm Shop & Deli Live where you can hear our story and harvest our top baking and retail tips. Then hear us discuss how locally sourced produce can increase business in our session, 'Cash in on Local' at the Retailer Hub. We'd love to see you there."
FARM SHOP & DELI AWARDS 2017 – Winners Announced Monday 24th April at 3:15pm from the main stage.
Now in their fourth year, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 come to a crescendo after the rigorous judging process. Independent retailer finalists will be crossing their fingers to hear who wins the coveted awards in categories that include Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shops, Greengrocer, Market, Local Shop and Online Business. There will also be Regional Awards and Overall Retailer of the Year recognition.
The Farm Shop & Deli Award-winners will be named by broadcaster and Chair of Judges, Nigel Barden on day one of the show. Nigel will be accompanied by 2016 'Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year' winner Arthur Howell, a butcher from Norfolk, who will also give an insight into how business has been since his triumphant win last year.
The awards celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement. “It's a joyous journey visiting the award finalists around the UK,” says Nigel, “and, with the standards being so high, it's the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out. It'll be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the awards and to witness the look on the winners' faces that clearly illustrates how all their hard work has paid off.”
DRAGONS' PANTRY – Tuesday 25th April and Wednesday 26th April.
A fun and nail-biting highlight of the live sessions on the Farm Shop & Deli Show stage is Dragons' Pantry. With a bank of discerning dragons ready to pounce on entrepreneurial offerings, participants will have just 15 minutes to clinch a deal, gain recognition, garner advice or return home with nothing but food for thought.
What will Paul Hargreaves, CEO of Cotswold Fayre and Pantry Dragon be looking for?
“Innovation, passion, great packaging and a world-beating product! A concise pitch with visuals and finished product available to taste are always the better ones from my five years' experience of being a dragon!”
And Pantry Dragon, Jeremy Bowen from Paxton and Whitfield (Cheesemongers by Royal Appointment) asks for: “True facts and figures rather than fluff and a story… Products and people who have done their homework and delight in a credible dialogue about their yummy product.”
Tuesday 25th April and Wednesday 26th April will see different dragons fiercely grilling hopeful entrepreneurs. Make sure you secure a spot in the audience for this fiery event.
THE AFTER PARTY – Tuesday 25th April at 7pm.
The Farm Shop & Deli Show organisers have announced a new event this year, which is open to exhibitors, visitors and speakers. After a busy day at the show, guests are invited to relax and unwind at the After Party where they can enjoy a fun evening of comedy and entertainment and of course, good food and drink.
The party will take place in the Kings Room of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Tickets include entertainment, dinner, beer, wine and a pay bar. Attendees will enjoy a delicious Indian buffet with the entertainment being provided by well-known TV, radio and live stand-up comedian, Dominic Holland. Those wishing to attend can find out more and book tickets at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/fsdlive/after-party
For further information, visit www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk
Posted: 22 March 2019