LACA School Food Show


Running alongside LACA The Main Event Forum, it is the only show in the UK which is dedicated the school food sector.

With caterers facing a greater challenge than ever before to deliver the right meal at the right price, the Show will provide visitors with the ideal environment in which to meet suppliers and manufacturers who can offer products and solutions to help them.

The School Food Show is an unrivalled opportunity to source new ideas and innovations and compare a range of suppliers under one roof.  Over 100 exhibitors will showcase food and beverages, equipment, systems and services.

Show Features

LACA School Chef of the Year 2021 competition final

Visitors will be able to watch the live final taking place at the Main Event with the winners being revealed at the LACA Awards for Excellence dinner on the evening of 13th October.  View schedule


Free to attend workshops

New for 2021, we are introducing two workshop streams: one for service directors and managers providing expert insight, ideas and best practice guidance on key strategic issues in Procurement for the Public Sector including measuring your carbon footprint; the impact of procurement on the local economy and recent policy developments in Procurement for schools from both DEFRA and DfE. The two workshops in this stream will run at 10.30–11.00 on Tuesday 12 October and 14.00-14.30 on Wednesday 13 October.

Our other workshop stream has been developed specifically for Kitchen Managers with a focus on practical learning with a wellbeing session on ‘Food and Mood’ (11.15 am, Wednesday 13 October) and how it can positively influence how you feel and perform at work and at home. The other session in this stream will offer practical advice and tips on how to remove, reduce and re-use the plastic packaging in your product range (11.15 am, Tuesday 12 October).

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all workshop attendees and attendance at a workshop equals CPD hours.

All workshops are free to attend.

Finishing Touches Competition

Finishing Touches is a very popular feature of the exhibition, it will return for 2021.  Held in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, there are 14 classes for school caterers to enter.  Finishing Touches is once again set to become one of the most talked about features of The LACA Main Event 2021.

Find out more





Tuesday 12 October 2021, 9.30 - 17.00
Wednesday 13 October 2021, 8.30 - 16.30

Free parking will be available.

Thursday 14th October, no exhibition, delegate times are 9.00 - 12.00


Hilton Birmingham Metropole
The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way,
B40 1PP

FREE parking available in NEC North 5


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