This year’s Harrogate Speciality Food Show took place just a few days ago and once again more than 150 exhibitors from across the UK and further afield displayed their wares and discussed current industry hot topics in forums and demos throughout the day. The estranged mini-sister to the big brother Olympia show, Harrogate has always been a great supporter of new producers, with a high percentage of exhibitors doing so for the first time. Sure you find veterans, but it’s become a great stepping stone for smaller producers making the transition from farmer’s market to pitching for permanent placement on high street shelves. We dropped by to take a look.
In our ongoing support for the Guild of Fine Food we were privileged to supply the show’s tote carrier ‘bags for life’ as well all the retail display shelving and merchandise equipment. Harrogate would not be the same without a good dose of ‘Feed the dragon’ a sort of mock pastiche of its telly counterpart, where food producers are invited to pitch their products to key buyers from delis and food halls. It’s always a good laugh with the just the right balance of awkward moments; typified in the poor soul who had to contend with a panelist enquiring “whose decision was it to put your jam on these hideous crackers? They entirely detract from the flavour.” Ouch!
The star of the show, biased as we are, had to be our beautiful Kingsley X Frames that took prime position on the dragon stage. We could see them being dressed and re-dressed to suit various uses throughout the day; a good reminder of just how versatile they are for exhibitions and trade show design.
Bobby hangs out with the girls on the Granny Marmalade stand
Remember, if you’re a member of the Guild of Fine Food, you get 5% off our trade prices on our gift packaging and display etc. It’s not an automatic process so be sure to let us know you’re a member when you place your order. Keep an eye out for updates on our exhibition at Olympia coming soon!