Hospitality trade show mixes it up

GLASGOW’S SEC was dedicated to hospitality this month when suppliers, chefs and bartenders descended on the venue for the bi-annual ScotHot trade show.

• Voyage of Buck bartender Mike McGinty at ScotHot.

The two-day event saw hundreds of exhibitors from across the tourism and hospitality industry showcase their wares, alongside a range of competitions, demonstrations and talks.
The show was opened by Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop, who spoke about the importance of tourism and hospitality to the Scottish economy.

On the drinks side, the show included a number of events on the Liquid Academy Live stage.
The area, organised by training and events firm Liquid Academy, hosted a range of tastings and presentations on topics that included wine, gin, beer, whisky and cocktails.

Liquid Academy Live culminated in two panel discussions (see right), one on the issues facing the licensed trade and wider hospitality industry and another looking specifically at bartending.

Elsewhere, the show’s Spotlight Stage hosted a number of seminars, including an interview with chef, restaurateur and Scottish food ambassador Shirley Spear on creating a healthier food culture, a presentation on changing food trends, a discussion on recruitment challenges and a talk from Masterchef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean.

Andrew Fairlie, the only chef in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, was the final guest on the stage, as the subject of an interview on ‘being the best’.