Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and Wholesome Meals Expo West will postpone the following in-person occasion to August 2022
SHELTON, CT – With the restaurant and foodservice industry behind the years of the global pandemic, Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group, along with the California Restaurant Association, made the decision to cancel the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo 2021 and Healthy Food Expo West that was scheduled for this August at the Anaheim Convention Center. This decision was made after extensive discussions with hundreds of exhibitors, operators, sponsors and speakers, who recommended that the next in-person live event be rescheduled for August 2022, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Event dates will be announced in July.
“Few industries have been harder hit than California gastronomy, and while we’re disappointed that we can’t get together this August, we know it’s the right decision. With the overwhelming community support for the 2022 event, we are confident that we will successfully bring the restaurant and food service industries back together to create an even stronger event in Los Angeles, ”said Greg Topalian, CEO of Clarion Events North America. Manufacturer of the food and beverage portfolio of events. “Our events are here to partner with the industry and we know this is the right decision for our community. We are confident that as the industry rebounds next year, the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and Healthy Food Expo West will be the must-attend events in August 2022 Angeles ”.
“Restaurants were the first to be forced to close at the beginning of the pandemic, and they are among the last to reopen now, 15 months later. The economic losses for restaurants, their employees and communities are disproportionate. Every restaurant owner in this state knows the road to true recovery will be long, so we applaud Clarion Events’ decision to wait until August 2022 to bring the industry back together, “said Jot Condie, President & CEO of California Restaurant Association (CRA), sponsor of the exhibition and conference. “We look forward to supporting our members, the operators, during this recovery in order to recover even more through the leadership of the association and the local / state interest group.”
At the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo 2022 there will be a major change in the educational program through a new partnership with EventEd. The restructured program will bring all visitors the best curated content through four new Educational Summits, for independents, restaurants, chains and retail – making this event a must-see. In the meantime, Clarion Events will continue to support operators’ needs for education and networking and will continue to provide year-round opportunities for hospitality professionals to join virtually through digital forums, a robust on-demand webinar library and, in late 2021, a new national digital Event. Further information can be found at https://www.foodandbevshows.com/.
Although the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and the Healthy Food Expo West will not take place from August 22 to 25, 2021, the Coffee Fest Anaheim, also produced by Clarion Events, will take place in the Anaheim Convention Center as planned. Information about Coffee Fest can be found at https://www.coffeefest.com/.
Founded in 1906 California Restaurant Association (www.calrest.org) has become one of the strongest proponents of gastronomy in the country. The CRA exists to help restaurateurs navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of the hospitality industry. With a broad and diverse membership, the CRA works to maintain its status as the most inclusive and powerful voice of restaurant operators in the state.
Clarion events (us.clarionevents.com) produces 37 events in 13 sectors of commercial and consumer events. The Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group includes the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, New York International Restaurant & Foodservice Show, Healthy Food Expo, Coffee Fest, and NGA Show. Clarion Events acquired PennWell in early 2018, added 4 Tradeshow 200 events to its US portfolio and accelerated its already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA and Fairlawn, NJ.