British Hospitality Association chief executive Bob Cotton and Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby are among those speaking at Food & Drink Expo in Birmingham next week.
The event, at the NEC from 21 to 24 March, is aimed at anyone who works in the food business, including foodservice operators, manufacturers and retailers.
Cotton will join the debate 'What should the next government do for the food industry?' in the Business Briefing Theatre on Tuesday 23 March while Dimbleby will be there on Wednesday 24 March to take part in a discussion on whether the recession has changed the way we eat.
Also planned for the event are live demonstrations by chefs Sudha Shankar, executive head chef for the Saffron Group; Andy MacKenzie, executive chef at The Avenue at Lainston House Hotel in Hampshire and David Gale, who has worked globally in many award-winning restaurants, from Stannylands in Cheshire to Soho House in New York, who will be sharing their top tips for menu planning.
More than 600 suppliers will also be at the event to show off their products with those specifically for the hospitality industry to be marked out in the Foodservice Area.
Jack Halliday, group sales manager for Food & Drink Expo, said: "Visitors will be able to do a year’s product sourcing all in one day at the UK’s most vibrant food and drink trade show, while at the same time picking up new ideas from experts to help them move their own businesses forward."
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.foodanddrinkexpo.co.uk.