This year's Northern Restaurant & Bar show takes place on 5-6 March at Manchester Central. Caterer and Hotelkeeper has a sneak preview at some of the products and highlights. For full details go to: www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk
Chef Live The Chef Live kitchen will welcome eight big name chefs over the two days, each giving live cooking demonstrations and answering questions from the audience.
Included in the line-up are two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan of L'Enclume and Roganic, who will shortly be opening his new restaurant at the Midland hotel; and Aldo Zilli, award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur who is now working with Manchester's San Carlo Cicchetti. Other chefs set to appear are Chris Holland from the Alderley Edge hotel; Aiden Byrne from Manchester House and Steven Doherty from the Windermere First Floor Café.
Liquor Theatre and Spirit Room Visitors to the Liquor Theatre will have the chance to watch demonstrations and competitions and sample the latest spirit brands in the adjacent Spirit Room. Manchester's Almost Famous Burgers will also be taking on Saltdog Slim's of Liverpool in an eating competition between their best and greediest bartenders.
Grape & Grain Theatre The Grape & Grain theatre will host tutored tastings of wines and beers from around the world. The schedule includes Port Street Beer House: Meet the Brewer with Summer Wine Brewery and sessions from Matthew Clark; Estrella Damm; AB Inbev and Thatchers Cider.
Fine Food Village New for 2013 the Fine Food Village will be dedicated to local and regional producers. In partnership with Game to Eat it will feature a special section promoting wild British game where visitors will see butchery demonstrations.
NRB Top 50 Awards On the afternoon of 5 March, the NRB Top 50 awards, in association with Kuits, will be announced at a special on-site reception. The awards recognise and honour 50 individuals from influential hospitality operators based in the north of England.
The Product Showcase will host a huge variety of products at NRB 2013 including:
Intercontinental Brands invites you to discover the mysterious and magical world of Messer Schmitt Herbal Schnapps 22% abv in a 70cl bottle.
A hand-crafted, secret blend of herbs, spices and fruit flavours combine to give this unique recipe its bitter-sweet taste, distinct aroma and fierce bite.
Major International, supplier of fine stocks, has created a quality beef & red wine jus base. Infused with red wine, it boasts a rich flavour, smooth texture and mirror-like sheen.
HN Nuttall supplies a comprehensive range of ambient, frozen, chilled and non-food products to all sectors of the catering industry. Dating back to 1851, the independent family business is now in its fourth generation.
A first in the marketplace for fine porcelain tableware, the new Diamant line, a Seltmann exclusive, captures the look, feel and prestige of fine bone china in a hard porcelain collection with significantly greater durability and chip resistance.