Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th July 2018 | Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The UK's ONLY event dedicated to catering in education

The LACA Main Event, incorporating the Education Catering Exhibition, returns to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in July.

The theme of this year’s LACA Main Event is NAVIGATING THE MAZE OF CHANGE, we explore the current issues facing the school food sector including the impact that BREXIT may have on public sector budgets. We look at how changes to the Universal Credit system, rising food costs and the rapidly growing number of multi-academy trusts may affect school meal procurement as we know it. Over the course of the three-day event we will consider how school catering service providers can adapt and evolve to meet the demands of our changing marketplace.

The Main Event programme features a host of inspiring and thought provoking speakers, lively panel debates and interactive workshop sessions – it is a must attend for anyone involved in catering in education.


Dr Dawn Harper - C4 Embarrassing Bodies; TV's Steph McGovern; Martine Wright MBE, Nigel Risner and BBC1's The Bug Grub Couple, Dr Sarah Beynon & Andy Holcroft


Everything you need is there

The Education Catering Exhibition is the only exhibition dedicated 100% to catering in education is the ideal place to find solutions to a wide range of requirements from food and beverage products which all help education caterers meet the nutrient guidelines in place, cashless payment and nutrition software solutions to furniture and dining room marketing.

Unrivalled networking opportunities

One of the greatest benefits of being at the Main Event will be the unrivalled networking opportunities it offers. The Education Catering Exhibition offers the chance to catch up with your suppliers and discuss new products, as well as source new ideas.  For delegates arriving on Wednesday, the accommodation package includes a place at the LACA ice breaker evening and of course there’s the LACA Awards for Excellence gala dinner once again on Thursday night where you can celebrate the achievements of industry colleagues.


Awards & Competitions

Recognising and celebrating excellence from across the industry