Organisers of the Casual Dining Show confirmed yesterday that they have taken the “very difficult” decision to postpone the event until July.
The popular sector show was due to take place on 25-26 March at London ExCeL, but Diversified Communications said the magnitude of the public health and safety issues posed by the coronavirus outbreak had led to it making the call.
“We have spoken to many exhibitors, visitors and supporters, and based on the situation and the feedback, the decision has been taken to postpone Casual Dining,” explained group event director Chris Brazier.
The show will now take place on July 14-15 instead.
“Casual Dining is the single most important business event for the sector. Many restaurants, pubs and bars rely on it to meet new and current suppliers, so this decision has not been taken lightly,” continued Mr Brazier. “Even before COVID-19 the industry needed this event and will need it even more after it subsides.”
In a sign of the esteem with which the show is held, UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls has said she expects the show to “come back bigger and stronger”.
“The effects of coronavirus are being felt across not only the casual dining sector but also the events industry. The health of guests has to be paramount and so this is a sensible if disappointing decision to have to make,” she commented.