Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 October 2021 | Hilton Birmingham Metropole 

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

The LACA Main Event incorporates two main elements

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

Please read the covid safety guidance we have in place to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable event for everyone attending

An overview of timings for your diary are:

Tuesday 12th October

Exhibition viewing and conference sessions

Networking Dinner
Wednesday 13th October

Exhibition viewing and conference sessions

Awards for Excellence dinner
Thursday 14th October

(morning only)

Conference sessions

There is a new format for 2021, with the introduction of two new, free to attend workshop streams open to visitors and delegates.

Forum delegates are eligible to access all elements of the programme and can build their own schedule over the two days.

Everything you need is there

The School Food Show which runs alongside the Forum is the only exhibition dedicated 100% to the school food sector, with over 180 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.

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

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 Tuesday, 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 Wednesday night where you can celebrate the achievements of industry colleagues.

Please note that residential and dininer are sold out please email lauras@dewberryredpoint.co.uk to be added to a waiting list

Awards & Competitions      

Recognising and celebrating excellence from across the industry

LACA Awards for Excellence

The School Chef of the Year national final will take place on 12th and 13th October with the winners revealed during the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner. 

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Finishing Touches is will return for 2021 with 14 classes for school caterers to enter.

Find out more

Please note that only exhibiting suppliers are able to attend the event in 2021.

The LACA Main Event incorporates two main elements