Licensees are being encouraged to snap up their tickets for the Casual Dining Show 2020 which returns this March.

Casual Dining – the definitive trade show for the UK's pub, bar and restaurant sector will take place on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26 at ExCeL London.

There will be a third theatre this year which is dedicated solely to serving up expert insights and strategies. It will be focused around leadership, operations, food innovation, legislation and marketing – for pub and bar operators.

Big pub brands taking centre stage include Fuller's, Peach Pubs, Oakman Inns, Star Pubs & Bars, Nicholson's Pubs, Mitchells & Butlers, Brewhouse & Kitchen and more.

More than 60 speakers will be appearing in three theatres (sponsored by Yumpingo) across two packed days of Keynotes, interviews and panel sessions.

Two of the show's popular drinks pavilions are already sold out. The Artisan Spirits Lounge and The Taphouse will sample new innovations from an exciting mix of independent breweries and distilleries.

Making their show debut in the former are: Belgrove Rum, Faith & Sons Gin, Strawbar (eau de vie spirit distilled from organic Greek strawberries) and Tarsier Spirit (Southeast Asian dry gin). In the latter: Binary Botanical (a lightly sparkling table beer aimed at 'wine lovers'), Freestar, Lucky Saint, Orbit Beers, ShinDigger Craft Beer, Small Beer Brew Co, and The Five Points Brewing Co.

Meanwhile The Vineyard, a new area for 2020, has been launched to sate the growing demand for wine at the show. 

Casual Dining's event manager Eva Ellis said: "Offering a varied drinks menu – full of differentiation, innovative styles, flavours and blends, and distinctive 'brand' personality – is essential for any successful bar, pub and restaurant operator. But where do you start?

"For example, according to some of the latest industry research this year: wine is the UK's favourite alcoholic tipple, gin is the No.1 spirit, sparkling wine is booming, beer trumps wine in pubs, the premiumisation mega trend is helping drive alcohol sales, quality's up but quantity's down, all-the-while more British consumers generally are regularly choosing more low-and-no ABV options.

"That's a lot of bases for casual dining operators to cover. Fortunately, our exhibitors range from some of the world's biggest-selling beer and cider brands to some of the industry's newest start-ups – so, whatever your customers' favourite drink there's sure to be plenty to suit every taste here."

For more information and to register for a free trade ticket, please visit www.casualdiningshow.co.uk and use priority code CD49.