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Hale Events has been organising trade shows for 25 years. Based in Axbridge, Somerset, they have been running a successful show for food and drink buyers in Exeter for the last ten. It’s called the Source trade show, and this year it’s going on the road! Its first outing will be to Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on the 18 June 2020.

Bristol has a thriving independent food sector, with a focus on local, organic and ethical produce, so it’s perfect for us to connect more regional producers to. We want to help Bristol buyers try, taste and test even more of the best produce that the South West has to offer.” Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Hale Events. “Trade shows offer a unique marketing medium in today’s digital world. Their face to face nature enables long-term trusting relationships to be built. They are engaging and in a market like food and drink, events like this are a great way to compare the competition.”

Working with Taste of the West, the South West’sregional food group, and BARBIE –Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, alongwith a broad mix of trade publications, and local business press, this newBristol event brings regional, artisanal products right into the heart of Bristolwhere producers will be able to share their knowledge and expertise with buyersfrom the city. It’s an opportunity for trade buyers to meet a fantasticselection of food and hospitality businesses all in under one roof, at AshtonGate Stadium – from high quality produce to foodservice, innovative equipment,EPoS systems, business services, and much much more.

John Sheaves,Taste of the West’s Chief Executive said: “Taste of the West isabsolutely delighted to support the new Source Roadshow in Bristol, being oneof the key cities and therefore markets for high quality food and drink in theSouth West.  This is a truly excitingventure that takes quality, high integrity products right into the heart ofBristol where producers will be able to share their knowledge and expertisewith buyers from the city, and for us having the same Source trade show skillsand expertise behind the venture provides us with great confidence”.

BARBIE Bristol welcomes this new trade show to Bristoland looks forwards to working with the organisers to make it successful &fun for Bristol’s hospitality sector.” Andy Dodd, Chairman.

We’ve wanted atrade show for hospitality buyers in Bristol for years. We’re delighted HaleEvents are launching one because we’ve always done great business at theirshows.” Nick Rowland, Director Qtos Catering Equipment.

Visiting this showis free for trade buyers, who can register to attend now, at Information about exhibiting at this showis available from James Curtis, or Paul Thomas on 01934 733433 or by emailing

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