Diversified Communications UK has confirmed that this year’s Commercial Kitchen show, due to take place in July, has sadly been cancelled.
The decision follows the recent and unexpected news that ExCeL London is to become a temporary NHS Nightingale hospital providing support for thousands of patients with coronavirus.
“Like all businesses, we’ve been closely following the rapidly changing developments during these unprecedented and difficult times,” Chris Brazier, Diversified UK’s group event director, says. “With ExCeL, our venue, now taking on an important role to help the NHS during this national emergency, it became clear that we had no other option but to cancel the shows until next year.
“We appreciate how integral Casual Dining and Commercial Kitchen are to the industries they serve and are very sorry to disappoint the thousands of attendees that were planning on exhibiting and visiting this year,” Brazier continues. “The people working in, and supplying, the foodservice, hospitality, catering and leisure industries have been hugely affected by events of the past few days and weeks and we will continue to support these communities – our communities – in every way we can. I know that we’ll all continue to support each other in the months ahead.
“The success, as well as the safety of our exhibitors, speakers and visitors, has always been our priority and I know everyone will get behind this tough but necessary decision.
“The Casual Dining and Commercial Kitchen teams would like to thank everyone – our exhibitors, visitors, partners and suppliers, for their continued support and patience, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021 for the busiest and biggest celebration of our industry yet.”
Commercial Kitchen 2021 will take place at ExCeL London (dates to be announced). For more information, please visit commercialkitchenshow.co.uk