TORONTO — February 11, 2016 –Get ready to unleash your taste buds and become inspired. The 2016 Restaurants Canada Show is back and will serve as a catalyst for what consumers can expect to see and experience within the foodservice and hospitality industry over the next 12 months.

Dubbed “Hospitality Unleashed,” this three-dayshow will run from February28 to March 1 at Toronto’s Enercare Centre, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 250,000 square feet dedicated to everything from the latest food, beverage, technology innovation and hospitality services. The Restaurants Canada Show is the largest show of its kind in the country and is the definitive event of the year for restaurateurs and hospitality professionals to network, exchange ideas, ignite new trends and create the platform for the industry to find the best way forward.

“The Restaurants Canada Show takes all the ingredients a hospitality provider needs to succeed in this competitive industry, and brings themunder one roof, so theycan try new and innovative things, and truly unleash the potential of hospitality in ourcountry,” says Donna Dooher, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada.

Attendees will see how innovation is changing the face of hospitality. Including six dedicated pavilions focused on bar and beverage, coffee and tea, pizza, tech, eco and local. Operators will benefit from accessingthe latest informationand can attend more than 80 inspiring presentations, panel discussions, competitions and workshops including:

  • Hot topic stage discussions: Tipping and the alternatives; Kitchen Culture: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly;Social Media trends;
    Impacts of Technology;and new Crowdsourcing opportunities
  • Canada’s 100 Bestmagazine will reveal the new top 100 restaurants in Canada and will celebrate the top 20 live at the show
  • $25,000 Top Shelf Bartending Competition in the Shake and Sling Pavilion
  • Top Chef Demonstrations
  • The release of the 2016 Canadian Chef Survey – HotTrends for 2016
  • Industry and Economic Forecasts
  • Coffee and Tea Show’s Barista Latte Art Challenge
  • Canadian Culinary Federation Culinary Art Salon
  • Humber College Culinary School Iron Chef Competition
  • The Missed Opportunity with Coffee, Tea and Dessert
  • Gusto TV chef auditions
  • Future Food Studio on Multi Sensorial Eating

In addition, on Monday, February 29,5-8p.m., Canada’s largest industry networking event will be hosted in Heritage Court at the Enercare Centre. OnTuesday, March 1 at Liberty Grand, the Breakfast with Champions event will take place where corporate executives, owners and senior managers are invited to attend a powerhouse panel discussion on the Future of Hospitality. The Canadian Restaurant Investment and Operators Summit will follow on March 1 and 2 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.

The Restaurants Canada Show is open to anyone working within the hospitality industry. Register in advance via RestaurantShow.ca. Restaurants Canada members can visit for free.

Members of Restaurants Canada get free access to the show and also access to a host of business tools, savings and insights for foodservice operators of all sizes.
To arrange an interview or for more information please contact:
Media Contacts:
Lisa Raffaele │647-837-1265│lisa@punchcanada.com
Emma Cauldwell│ 416-848-6846 │emma@punchcanada.com
Sarah Zajac│ 647-837-1268 │sarah@punchcanada.com

Media Accreditation: Members of the media and bloggers who wish to obtain a media pass must apply in advance for media accreditation using the application form on our website: RestaurantShow.ca/media

About Restaurants Canada Show
The largest foodservice and hospitality event of its kind in Canada. The Restaurants Canada Show is responsible for bringing the industry together for three days of inspiring talks, high profile competitions, demonstrations and workshops. With over 250,000 square feet of production innovation the show includes dedicated pavilions curated to deliver the best in restaurant design, bar and beverage, coffee and tea, pizza, eco, tech and the local food movement.

About Restaurants Canada
Restaurants Canada (previously the CRFA) is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.

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