Wednesday February 06 2019to Thursday February 07 2019
The Source is South West’s biggest and best show for all those with a keen interest in discovering the latest speciality foods, quality drinks, profitable catering and inspired hospitality. It’s been growing steadily in recent years with 96% of visitors in 2018 saying they’re happy to recommend the show to colleagues and intending to return in 2019. In fact it’s grown 35% over the last two years alone!
The timing is a big part of this success - taking place on the 6-7th February at Westpoint, Exeter, the Source is ideal for buyers eager to gear up for the season ahead. The size and scope also means there’s no need to spend valuable time attending other shows. Everything a food business could possibly want is all in one place - from high quality produce to innovative equipment, stylish furniture to the latest EPoS systems, this year’s kitchen design trends to the most advanced business services.
The industry never stands still and customer tastes are constantly evolving. That’s the reason so many visitors consider this a ‘must-attend’ show. It gives them a unique opportunity to keep up with the latest developments and spot fresh opportunities. Visitors are able to discover remarkable local products with fascinating provenance stories to tell and spend valuable time with passionate producers and knowledgeable suppliers face-to-face. They can compare different flavours and textures, build relationships with new partners, catch up with colleagues, clients and friends, as well as get a feel for the latest trends.
The Newcomers area is always popular as it gives visitors the chance to experience the offerings of companies from the South West that have never exhibited at a trade show before. If you want to differentiate yourself from your competitors and add that element of surprise or novelty then time spent in this area of the show is certain to pay dividends.
When you factor in all these elements it’s easy to see why the Source continues to be the South West’s biggest and best trade show for the food & drink sector. In 2017 there were more exhibitors than ever before, and visitor numbers were up too on the previous show. In 2018 this growth continued – statistics that speak for themselves. All the indications are positive for 2019 with visitors almost certain to see well over 200 producers, from a wide spectrum of sectors, as well as a superb selection of Taste of the West members.
Liquid is a dedicated area to provide a hub for the on-trade and the off-trade. Here the focus is on new and exciting beverage products, the latest techniques, services and trends, as well as providing a convivial environment in which to network with industry colleagues. There will be local, national and international drinks exhibitors throughout the hall, showing hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It’s going to be very lively with lots of drink tastings and brand masterclasses, as well as the third year of the LWC Cocktail Competition with leading mixologists to provide entertainment, showmanship and ideas!
Recipes for success will be served up regularly in the Demo Kitchen. A variety of renowned chefs, including the winners from the 2018 South West Chef of the Year competition, will be sharing an informative and enjoyable mix of inspiration, tips and stories. In previous years the likes of Bruce Cole, Brett Sutton, Robin Rea, Elly Wentworth and Michael Caines have stolen the show – whether demonstrating how to use local and seasonal ingredients, or coming up with unusual menu ideas, they have proved a hugely popular part of the proceedings.
As if that was not enough the successful and growing Westcountry Tourism Conference will be running alongside the show. Over two half days leading tourism businesses and industry experts will come together to share valuable experiences, knowledge and insights.
Whether you are looking for that special ingredient to give your menu an intriguing twist, that unique artisan product to liven up your shop’s offering, or that new item of equipment that’ll take your kitchen to the next level, then this show is for you. The huge spread of comparative tastings, networking opportunities and inspirational experiences is a winning combination sure to inspire you personally and give your business the fresh impetus it needs to wow customers over the coming months.
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