The industry prepares for biggest ever Casual Dining event on the 27-28 February 2019 at London’s ExCel

The UK’s biggest restaurant, pub and bar event of the year, Casual Dining takes place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 27-28 February. Its compelling line-up will include a record 220 exhibitors, plus 50 speakers appearing in 25 free business seminars across two dedicated keynote theatres (both sponsored by Yumpingo).

Already known for being a magnet for top buyers from across the casual dining sector (it welcomed 4800 attendees in 2018) it’s aiming to raise the bar yet again. Its new, larger venue will accommodate even more exhibitors, an additional Keynote theatre, and more specialist show feature areas (including a new Scotland Food & Drink Pavilion, alongside the returning Craft Beer & Cider Zone and Artisan Spirits Lounge).

New venue, new trends
An unprecedented 220 exhibiting companies – from the biggest to the newest names serving the UK’s restaurants, pubs and bars, are preparing to showcase 1000s of innovations at this year’s event.

The only dedicated event for the sector, Casual Dining’s 5,000+ attendees will be able to see and sample more on-trend products and services than ever before.

Event manager Eva Ellis explains: “Casual Dining has proved itself year 25after year to be an essential visit to see what’s new and compare the latest products from leading and emerging suppliers.

“Now for 2019, at its new home of ExCeL London, it’ll showcase its biggest and most eclectic exhibitor line-up yet. Around one in three are new to the show, including big names like Scotland Food & Drink (who are hosting a new pavilion), Diageo, Honest Drinks by Coca-Cola European Partners, Hellman’s, Deloitte, Futura Foods UK, and Epson UK.

“Everything that casual dining operators need to run their businesses successfully will be on show at Casual Dining. That’s why the biggest, most influential buyers and decision makers in the business annually attend, and that’s why they say: it’s unmissable.”

Some of the world’s best-selling beer and cider brands are also now confirmed, including Heineken UK – Blade, Carlsberg UK, and Molson Coors (whose portfolio includes Carling, Coors Light, Staropramen, Cobra, Grolsch, Doom Bar and more).

Free keynotes
Thanks to the addition of a second Keynote Theatre for 2019, visitors will also be able to enjoy even more great content from some of the industry’s most inspiring business leaders.

Among the big names announced so far are five CEOs, including Casual Dining Group’s Steve Richards (who oversees brands including Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas), Brewdog’s David MacDowall (CEO of Retail), and UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls.

Jon Knight, head of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, whose opening day Keynote last year was widely covered in the national and trade press, will also be back at the show to discuss the brand’s refresh 12 months on.

Plus, Mark Jones, CEO of Carluccio’s, who will be making his much-anticipated Casual Dining speaking debut. Industry leaders and influencers from Dishoom, wagamama, Mowgli, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants, PizzaExpress, Mitchells & Butlers, Loungers, and Oakman Inns have also joined the show’s high-profile Keynote line-up.

Free advance trade registration
Casual Dining will take place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 27-28 February 2019. Entry to the show’s two Keynote Theatres is free with advance visitor registration.

To find out more and to register for your free trade ticket, visit and use priority code CD66.