Restaurant trade shows offer you rare opportunities to meet other innovative restaurant owners in the food and beverage industry. With 78 percent of attendees traveling more than 400 miles to attend these shows — you’ll have no shortage of networking opportunities.

Here are a few of the popular restaurant trade shows scheduled for Spring and Summer 2016:


Food Safety Summit Expo & Conference

May 10 – 12, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $0 – $1,025
The Food Safety Summit Exhibition and Conference covers much more than just the same old food safety rules. Educational workshops offer certifications including HACCP and continuing education units (CEU’s) for industry professionals. Also, learn cutting edge practices to ensure food safety as well as customer satisfaction. For details click here.

NRA Show 2016

May 21 – 24, 2016
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $59 – $309
Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, NRA Show 2016 is one of the largest foodservice trade shows in the world. Bringing together more than 42,000 restaurant owners, managers, and industry thought leaders. With hundreds of exhibitors and talks, the opportunities to network at NRA Show are endless. The 2016 schedule includes a special conference centered around foodservice at retail, the fastest growing segment in the foodservice industry. For details click here.

Beverage Alcohol For Restaurants (BAR)

May 22 – 23, 2016
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
NRA Show + BAR 16 Registration: $114 – $169
BAR 2016 targets bar owners and operators, as well as restaurateurs looking to enhance their beverage program. Since this event is scheduled in conjunction with NRA Show 2016, restaurateurs can register for both conferences at a discounted price. Educational tastings will be offered by wineries and distilleries. While service providers and other industry thought leaders will conduct demonstrations and workshops. For details click here.

Summer Fancy Food Show

June 26 – 28, 2016
Registration: Unknown
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, New York
The annual Fancy Food Show is the nation’s largest exhibition for specialty foods and beverages. In its 61st year, the show brings restaurateurs and retailers face-to-face with creators, producers and distributors, to networking and broker deals. Attendees can expect to experience a variety of speciality foods. Such as confections, ethnic spices, sodas, organic coffee, artisan cheese, and baked goods. For details click here.

ACF Cook. Craft. Create Convention & Show

July 15 – 19, 2016
J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: Unknown
Sponsored by the American Culinary Federation, the ACF Cook, Craft. Create. convention and show is the go-to trade show to learn about culinary trends. There is plenty of time to check out the latest restaurant and culinary industry products and services, but the food takes center stage at this tasty trade show. Restaurateurs, chefs, culinary artists, and industry heads come together to attend seminars, taste cutting-edge dishes, and network while sharing magnificent meals. For details click here.