May 22, 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE LARGEST FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPERIENCE IN THE SOUTHEAST - THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO

Two Days. Two Shows. Unlimited Opportunities.

ORLANDO, FL May 21, 2019 - For two days in September, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando will be the place to be for thousands of restaurant, foodservice and food retail professionals to attend the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. The event is produced by Clarion UX and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA). Registration is now open at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/.

"This premier industry event, which was just recognized as one of the top US trade shows, gives thousands of industry peers a chance to enjoy samples, culinary demonstrations, education sessions, networking and more as they gather for the Southeast's largest food and beverage experience," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "We are excited to once again co-locate these two leading events and offer an additional healthy food and beverage focus, for the restaurant owners and operators, chefs, retail buyers and other foodservice industry professionals to find the best and most current products and information to meet guest demand."

The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will provide access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including the Rapid Fire Challenge, Hip Sip Florida: Battle of the Modern Bartender, the Torch and Beacon Awards, The American Culinary Federation's Central Florida Chapter Culinary Arts Competition, culinary demonstrations, and an exhibitor list boasting 400+ vendors from food & beverage products, equipment, services, distributors, technology, and more. Register by August 16 to receive advance registration discounts. To register, click here.  

Healthy Food Expo Florida brings restaurant, foodservice and retail operators' food and beverage options for healthy menu and shelf items, nutritional information, preparation techniques and access to the latest healthy products from organic, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-safe to hormone-free, non-GMO, plant-based, low-sodium, low-fat, and more. The Healthy Food Expo offers education sessions which will focus on such hot topics as trending healthy ingredients, plant-based seafood, food allergies, lifestyle diet & nutrition, sourcing local food, healthy beverages, prebiotics, spice sourcing, and much more.

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo are produced and managed by Clarion UX, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Trade show 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida's premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA's more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association's mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida's $111.7 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.4 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA's subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state. For more information, visit https://frla.org/.

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