Tuesday 15th October

Breakfast Bite

8.30 | FREE

Start the day the relaxing way. Beat the traffic, breakfast for free and explore the exhibition.

Food for
Thought

10.00 | £35

New trends, the ingredients for success and ideas for sustainability and business growth.

Taste the Island
Buffet Lunch

12.45 | £15

Something a bit different from the Crowne Plaza kitchen for Tuesday’s casual lunch, celebrating Taste the Island.

Recruit and
Retain Masterclass

14.00 | £35

Top tips on the challenge of people, skills and delivering a great customer experience.

Meet and
Mingle

17.00 | FREE

The wind-down to day one includes a glass of wine and a networking opportunity.

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Food for Thought | 10.00 | £35

TV commentator, Chris Bavin, delves into consumer needs, food trends and sustainability. Top chef, Theo Randall, talks about success, skills and culinary inspiration. Award winning travel writer, Pól Ó Conghaile, takes a look at events, great experiences and the Taste the Island campaign. Sustainability: a practical approach on how to adapt your business. There’ll also be a panel discussion on skills shortages, culinary festivals and innovation. Lots on the menu for all plus a FREE copy of Theo Randall’s book Simple Italian!

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Taste the Island Buffet Lunch | 12.45 | £15

Something a bit different from the Crowne Plaza kitchen for Tuesday’s casual lunch, celebrating Taste the Island.

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Recruit and Retain Masterclass | 14.00 | £35

Professor Robert Kwortnik, from the internationally-acclaimed School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, gives a masterclass on how to spot talent, engage your team and deliver a profitable product. Sam Wilson-Croft from The Retreats Group gives an operator’s perspective on how to recruit and retain staff and the merits of a code of conduct for the sector. Spanish-based, Jack “Casey” McDermott, will talk about his journey from brand to boutique, the power of people and how your business can profit from community investment.

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Meet and Mingle | 17.00 | FREE

The wind-down to day one includes a glass of wine and a networking opportunity.