The event, which is the brainchild of Galvin at Windows GM and TV host Fred Sirieix in partnership with charity Springboard, aims to celebrate the hospitality industry as a diverse and exciting profession, with a particular focus on waiters.
Established by Sirieix in 2012, the annual event was inspired by the original ‘course des garçons de café’, which began over a century ago in France.
The National Waiters’ Day competition involves hundreds of waiters dressed in their best serving outfits taking part in a 100m dash armed with trays of water and bottles trying to complete the course without spilling or dropping anything.
It has previously been held in London’s Hyde Park, with additional runs also being held at various locations across the country on the same day.
Last year the event raised over £30,000 towards Springboard’s FAB programme, which helps those with barriers to employment to achieve sustainable careers in the hospitality industry.Now in its 11th year, the London Hospitality Festival is taking place King’s House Sports Grounds in Chiswick and is free to attend for hospitality staff, their friends and families.
As well as the waiters' race the London Hospitality Festival will play host to live music, children’s entertainment, street food vendors and a hospitality football tournament.
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