Need an excuse to get out of the pub? Here are a host of shows that could turn a day out into a bonus for your business.

Great Hospitality Show
When: January 23 to 25
Where: NEC Birmingham
Details: They call it great for a reason, covering everything in the sector from food and drink through to equipment, training and careers. Also includes culinary competition Salon Culinaire.






Pub 17
When: February 7 and 8
Where: Olympia, London
Details: More than 5,000 pub operators will visit the show as it runs for a third year. Around 200 exhibitors will be there to offer ideas and opportunities for visitors. There will also be a Taste Table, the Beer Writer's Bar showcasing the best brews from around the UK; the Experience Bar hosted by key figures in the on-trade; and the Pub Garden for those who want to improve that outside space. Seminars will see the biggest brains in the industry (and members of the Inapub team) debate the issues of the day.


Northern Restaurant & Bar
When: March 21 and 22
Where: Manchester Central
Details: The biggest show of its kind in the north of England. Expect live demos, thousands of on-trade guests and more than 250 exhibitors. Also home to the NRB Top Fifty Awards.


When: March 15 and 16
Where: Glasgow SECC
Details: Taking place during Scottish Tourism Week the biennial event firmly puts the Scottish hospitality industry on the map. Suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; d├ęcor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.


When: July 3 and 4
Where: Olympia, London
Details: The drinks professional's favourite. Around 12,000 sommeliers, bartenders, licensees and business owners will check out the latest launches as they aim to keep their bars stocked with the best drinks on the market and learn how to make more profit from them.


CBR 17
When: February 23 to 25
Where: Old Truman Brewery, London
Details: 700 beers and ciders, an extra day of trading for 2017, thousands of guests per session and more beards than you can shake a Gillette Mach 3 razor at. Happy fifth birthday CBR.


Great British Beer Festival
When: August 8 to 12
Where: Olympia, London
Details: This is a special year for CAMRA with the biggest beer festival in the country celebrating its 40th anniversary, which is probably older than the age of the average craft beer drinker. Expect lots of beer, cider and a few silly hats.


When: March 16 to 19
Where: iceSheffield
Details: Firmly established on the industry calendar, BeerX combines the elements of a traditional beer festival, with exhibitors, awards and a programme of top speakers from across the industry. Oh, and plenty beers from SIBA members.


London Wine Fair
When: May 22 to 24
Where: Olympia, London
Details: Around 10,000 wines from across the globe will be brought together at the annual wine fest. More than 700 exhibitors will be on hand, along with masterclasses, seminars and tutored tastings.





Casual Dining
When: February 22 and 23
Where: Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Details: As the name suggests you can enjoy plenty of food at Casual Dining but there's lots more too. Among the 200 exhibitors you will find alcohol, soft drinks and equipment producers. There's also a cracking line-up of keynote speakers including pub industry veteran and Mitchells & Butlers chairman Bob Ivell and the Seafood Pub Company boss Jocelyn Neve. The award-winning show has grown so much that a new area of the floor is being opened in 2017.


The Food & Drink Trade Show
When: May 3 and 4
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
Details: Visit stands that cater for the entire food service industry and get tips from kitchen experts in the Demo Kitchen.


When: September 21 and 22
Where: ExCel, London
Details: Have Lunch! all day for two days in September when food professionals gather to show off their wares. Note the new venue for 2017, the tenth anniversary of the show.