The LACA Main Event is the ONLY national event dedicated to the school food sector

Incorporating two main elements

Taking place over three days, the Main Event includes a packed speaker programme, live demonstrations and free to attend, interactive workshops.


Everything you need is there

Why attend?

  • Engage in thought-provoking and inspirational seminars delivered by industry leading experts
  • Experience unrivalled networking opportunities with suppliers at the School Food Show and during the informal and Awards dinners
  • Reunite with colleagues to discuss the issues facing education caterers nationwide
  • Celebrate the achievements of industry peers at the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner
  • Visit free-to-attend workshops and LACA Live demonstration sessions

The School Food Show which runs alongside the Forum is the only exhibition dedicated 100% to the school food sector, with over 140 exhibitors it 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.

The Show is open to all school caterers, managers and contract caterers to attend free of charge. Register for your free ticket.

Unrivalled networking opportunities

One of the greatest benefits of being at the Main Event is the unrivalled networking opportunities it offers. The School Food Show is the chance to catch up with your suppliers and discuss new products, as well as source new ideas.  For Forum delegates arriving on Wednedsay, the accommodation package includes a place at the LACA icebreaker evening and of course there's the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner once again on Thursday night where you can celebrate the achievements of industry colleagues.

Awards & Competitions      

LACA Awards for Excellence

Recognising and celebrating excellence from across the industry.

The School Chef of the Year national final will take place on 6th and 7th July with the winners revealed during the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner.

Entries are open for Finishing Touches 2022 with 17 classes for school caterers to enter.  Find out more.

An overview of timings for your diary are:

Wednesday 6th July

Exhibition viewing and conference sessions

LACA School Chef of the Year Final

Networking Dinner

Thursday 7th July

Exhibition viewing and conference sessions

LACA School Chef of the Year Final

Awards for Excellence dinner

Friday 8th July

(morning only)

Conference sessions

Please note that only exhibiting suppliers are able to attend the event in 2022.

The LACA Main Event incorporates two main elements