RC Show 2024 Unveils Exciting Bar and Beverage Lineup to Help LEVEL UP Industry Standards

Published mars 27, 2024

Canada’s Leading hospitality and foodservice expo announces amazing beverage offerings; featuring renowned industry leaders, thrilling competitions, a unique Pop Up Experience, immersive workshops, events and much more

The bar and beverage scene in Canada continues to evolve year over year reflecting changing consumer preferences, emerging trends, and constantly evolving innovations from industry leaders. Bringing together creative solutions and techniques from global bar experts as part of this year’s LEVEL UP theme, RC Show, Canada’s leading hospitality and foodservice expo is shaking things up at Toronto’s Enercare Centre from April 8-10.

Here’s what RC Show 2024 has in store this year:

Noteworthy Leaders Take the Stage

RC Show presents a lineup of some of the leading industry experts to discuss the latest bar research and consumer data, the future of spirits and beer, and the evolving role of bartenders and sommeliers. Guests can gain insight from a variety of panels including a beer leadership panel and Canada’s best bars presented by American Express Canada and many more. Speakers and panelists include:

Andre Hueston Mack, bar keynote speaker, recently proclaimed ‘one of wine’s most inspiring people’, is a true wine Renaissance Man. After leaving the corporate world and working his way to Head Sommelier at Chef Thomas Keller’s 3 Michelin-starred Per Se restaurant before once again making a radical change and founding Mouton Noir Wines (now Maison Noir).

Michael Tremblay, Founder and SSC Instructor, Sake Scholar and Nancy Matsumoto, author of the James Beard Award-winning book Rice Water, Earth: Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake, present an overview of the basics of sake: what it is, how it is made, and how to serve and drink it, as well as the back story on how the book went from an idea to a published reality.

Scaling of Bar Concepts includes panelists Chantelle Gabino, Beverage Manager, Recipe Unlimited

Robin Goodfellow, Owner, Vela & Little Bones Beverage, and Brian James, CEO, Warm Welcome who will engage in a discussion on how growing beyond a single location can be more than a daydream. Sharing tactics and tips for scaling up operations and turning your idea into a solid strategic plan. From changes in decor to tweaks in your bar program, if you’re thinking about expansion, this panel is for you.

The much anticipated Beyond the Rail Competition presented by Beam Suntory, is back and better than ever hitting the Bar and Beverage Stage Monday, April 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s competition focuses on ‘leveling up’ the art of hospitality – where Canada’s top bartenders will pair up in teams and are tested on not only their creativity and bartending skills, but also scaling up craft cocktails for large scale events and operations without sacrificing service for a chance to win $5,000.

Hosted by the Canadian Chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association, the RC Show is bringing not one but THREE national coffee championships to the bar and beverage stage this year. Watch some of Canada’s most talented baristas craft masterpieces in the Latte Art Championship, observe true innovators creating unique coffee cocktails in the Coffee in Good Spirits Competition, and join in making history at Canada’s NEW Cezve/Ibrik Competition. The champions of these events will advance to represent Canada at the World Championships in Copenhagen.

Workshops and Masterclasses

RC Show Bar & Beverage Ambassadors Christina Veira and Evelyn Chick, are curating sessions and workshops that touch on the state of Canada’s bar and beverage scene. Along with that, programming will also include Aperitivo Hour But Make It All Day, Data, Not Vibes: Building Successful LTOs in Coffee, Dairy Farmers of Canada:

Mocktails & Cheese, Exploring Coffee Versatility: A Masterclass, Sake and the Umami Factor, Elevation without Pretension, Whisky and Cheese, Ontario Cider and Corks & Grooves, The Vinyl Revolution In Bars and more.

A One-Stop Pop Up Experience

Visit RC’s Pop Up Experience where food and beverage innovation comes alive. Taste, learn and connect through intimate hands-on workshops, savour curated sips and bites, and check out the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Inspired by and/ore restaurant’s signature palette and featuring original artwork by artist Tisha Myles of New Love Collective, the RC Pop Up Experience features a visually stunning setup that will immerse guests in an atmosphere of creativity and innovation. Indulge in alcoholic and non-alcoholic creations by renowned mixologist Abigail Rubiales from and/ore, and taste  Molson’s newest brew Madri Excepcional Spanish beer.

Visit the Pop Up Bars, curated by RC Show’s Beverage Ambassadors Veira and Chick, where you can enjoy drinks and find inspiration from Canada’s leading bartenders. They will be presenting their distinctive methods for crafting menus and blending flavours to create delicious cocktails and mocktails. Featured bars from across Canada and the USA include: 

  • Clive’s Classic Lounge, Victoria
  • Bar Bello, Montreal
  • Bar Pompette, Toronto
  • Keefer Bar, Vancouver
  • Happy Accidents, Albuquerque
  • Bar Mordecai, Toronto

For more information on this year’s event, visit www.rcshow.com.

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