21 May 2020, 10:00 AM
  • The show is considered the UK’s leading event for the café, coffee shop and food-to-go sector
lunch! trade event postponed until September 2021

With Government restrictions still in place, lunch! has been postponed, and will now run on 23rd-24th September at ExCel London.

Whilst lockdown measures are beginning to ease across the UK, social distancing measures and a ban on mass gatherings are still set to remain in place for the foreseeable future. The lunch! show is one of the latest events to announce the postponement of its 2020 edition.

Chris Brazier, lunch!’s group event director, says: “Like all businesses, we have been closely following the rapidly changing developments during these difficult times. Whilst we were hopeful that the current tough measures on restricted social interaction would be lifted by the autumn, there are still too many questions surrounding hotels, travel, social distancing measures, and individual company policies, to make it viable to run lunch! this year. Clearly, the best and most responsible option for everyone involved is to wait and host an even better show in 2021.

“We appreciate how important lunch! is to the industry it serves and are very sorry to disappoint the thousands of attendees that were planning on exhibiting and visiting.  However, the success as well as the safety of our exhibitors, speakers and visitors has always been our priority and we are hoping that everyone will get behind this tough but necessary decision.

“The good news is that much of the event planning is already in place, and we go into 2021 with an incredible amount of goodwill and support. The lunch! team would like to thank everyone – our exhibitors, visitors, speakers and partners – for their support. We look forward to working together to ensure that it continues to be the celebration and gathering the industry deserves – and can be proud of.”

Further bolstering the 2021 event will be the Commercial Kitchen show, which will run alongside lunch!, giving visitors and exhibitors the added bonus of seeing a greater range of products and customers.

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