Clarion Relaunches the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Frances Ferrante, Senior Editor
Florida Restaurant Show

SHELTON, Conn. — Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) have announced the relaunch of the all-new Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show (FRLS), scheduled to be held November 1-4 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. After canceling the September 2021 show, Rita Ugianskis, Vice President for the Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group, announced that organizers planned to use the time “to refocus the 2022 event to meet the ever-changing needs of this evolving industry with an emphasis on event experience and value.”

“We felt it was time for a refresh,” Carol Dover, President and CEO, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, said. “We believe in the power of in-person networking through a strong and dynamic expo and conference, and look forward to rebuilding and rebooting this 40-year-old event. We are working closely with Clarion Events to develop timely education, exciting high-production events with high-profile chefs and presenters, and a diverse show floor showcasing trends and hot concepts. In addition, we are excited that the FRLA Board of Directors meeting will be held in conjunction with this new event.”

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The expo will be transformed into an F&B experience, with education theaters, high-production demonstrations, wine and spirits, flair bartending, a Latino initiative and much more. In-depth education geared toward independents, small- tomedium-sized chains, regional chains, and foodservice and lodging industry professionals will delve into operational topics such as human resources, marketing and finance. Rounding it all out will be a variety of networking opportunities including roundtable lunches, receptions, a fundraiser and the FRLA awards.

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“We know the Florida restaurant and hospitality market is vibrant and deserving of an event that delivers top-notch exhibits, education and networking opportunities,” Ugianskis said. “We look forward to delivering that for FRLA Members and the entire Florida market in November.”

Reach Carol Dover at cdover@frla.org; Rita Ugianskis at rita.ugianskis@clarionevents.com