To celebrate America’s bacon obsession, from breakfast to dessert, the 42nd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will host the Bacon Celebration Event sponsored by Smithfield Foodservice.  Foodservice professionals will be able to discover various ways to use bacon in the All-New Bacon Demonstration Theater during the show, taking place Sept. 22-24, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. 

“We are excited to partner with Smithfield Foodservice on this new feature area, and give our attendees a chance to learn new recipes for bacon, the second-fastest growing segment for pork at foodservice outlets,” says Ron Mathews, industry vice president for Reed Exhibitions' Foodservice Events. “Our goal for the restaurant events is to bring new concepts and trends for our attendees to engage and learn from.  With 62% of restaurants offering bacon on the menu. this is a perfect fit for our audience.”

The Bacon Celebration Event is being sponsored by Smithfield Foodservice, dedicated to the needs of foodservice operators producing the highest quality fresh pork and value-added pork products. “With bacon fanaticism at an all-time high, we're proud to sponsor the Bacon Celebration Event at this year's show,” says Kristen Orr, associate brand manager for Smithfield Foodservice. “Bacon is one of the most versatile ingredients, now used in everything from sandwiches to sweets, so we're looking forward to celebrating new and original uses alongside some of Florida's leading chefs and restaurateurs.”

The 42nd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will include hundreds of exhibitors showcasing thousands of new products and services including 3M Foodservice, Domino Foods Inc., True Foodservice Equipment, and U.S. Foods – in addition to 500 booths of food and supply products for restaurants and foodservice professionals.  Reed Exhibitions will be giving away $20,000 in product vouchers throughout the show.  There will also be several special events, included in the "Exhibits Plus" pass. 

  • Food Trends Experience –debuted in 2012 to overwhelming excitement, this tasting arena and Demo Theater will be home to more than 100 trend- focused food and beverage products.  This is the perfect place to find and source new products. 
  • Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum –offers an educational program showing the keys to a successful foodservice business from experts chosen by Ferdinand Metz, Certified Master Chef, Dean for Le Cordon Bleu and the past president of the World Association of Chefs Societies.
  • Culinary Demonstration Theater –Featured chefs include Chef Emily Ellyn, as well as other industry professionals, will highlight the trends in the foodservice industry and entertain spectators with demonstrations.
  • The 2013 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition. Chefs will compete in various competitions, including the USA Culinary Cup Challenge, Taste of Elegance Port Signature Recipe Competition, Mushroom Signature Recipe Competition and Florida Pastry Challenge. Many of the award winning meals will be served during the Chef's Table Luncheons, a four-course surprise lunch prepared by the participating chefs.