The North's leading hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB), will return to Manchester Central from 5 to 6 March 2013 and will welcome leading chefs, Simon Rogan and Aldo Zilli, to its popular Chef Live theatre.
The trade-only show, which will be 20% larger than last year, is expected to attract around 6,000 visitors over two days including restaurateurs, chefs, deli owners, hoteliers, publicans and bartenders from across the north of England.
The Chef Live cookery theatre will return to NRB this year hosting big name chefs including Simon Rogan of l'Enclume and Roganic; Aldo Zilli of San Carlo Cicchetti; Aiden Byrne of Manchester House; Steven Doherty of Lakeland Cafe and Dave Mooney of the Lord Binning and the Old Sessions House.
The show's Fine Food Village will be dedicated to local and regional producers of the highest quality and, in partnership with Game to Eat, will feature a special section promoting wild British game meat. Game to Eat will be giving butchery technique demonstrations and there will be an appearance by a UK BBQ champion.
As well as being a hotspot for hospitality networking, NRB will host emerging artisan producers and premium brands all under one roof, giving visitors the opportunity to explore everything from the latest microbrewery craft ales, award winning meats, cheeses and wines through to epos systems and the finest tableware.
The NRB Top 50
Organisers of this year's event will also be announcing the second annual NRB Top 50 line-up. The list, which will be chosen by a panel of judges from Holden Media and the Russell Partnership, will honour 50 individuals from influential operators in the north of
Northern Restaurant & Bar's managing director, Thom Hetherington, said: "We're delighted that this year's NRB is able to host an additional 50 exhibitor stands bringing the total number of food, drink and catering suppliers at this, the twelfth NRB, to 200. Our stellar line-up of chefs and drinks experts will provide visitors with an inspiring programme of events which will marry perfectly with our brilliant suppliers and producers, creating what we hope will be our best show yet.
"The North has impressive industry credentials to support such a show with 42 per cent1 of all hospitality establishments based here and a £14 billion2 turnover meaning NRB is, for thousands in the business, a must-see event for networking, sourcing and inspiration."
For bartenders looking to learn new skills and discover new drinks, the Liquor Theatre will be a must-see. Curated by Dave Marsland, the Drinks Enthusiast, visitors will have the chance to watch demonstrations and competitions, and sample the latest spirit brands in the adjacent Spirit Room.
From Belgian beers to Japanese wine, the Grape & Grain theatre will host tutored tastings of wines and beers from around the world. This will also house 'Port Street Beer House presents Meet the Brewer' sessions, in which the brains behind the award-winning bar will showcase some of their favourite craft beers.
NRB also acts as a hub for a number of satellite events including hosting major launches for Hotel Future, the national training academy, and industry charities Hospitality Action and Action Against Hunger.