ScotHot: Final countdown to trade show

ScotHot returns to Glasgow with a packed programme

ScotHot aims to build on the success of the 2017 event, which attracted some 7000 visitors
ScotHot aims to build on the success of the 2017 event, which attracted some 7000 visitors

FOOD, drink, equipment and services from more than 200 exhibitors, chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, culinary contests, industry discussions – hospitality trade show ScotHot returns to Glasgow’s SEC next month with another packed programme of features and events.

Taking place on March 13 and 14, in collaboration with Scottish Tourism Month, ScotHot 2019 is billed as a one-stop-shop for anyone working in the industry, with organisers claiming this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the largest and most comprehensive to date.

The exhibitor space will showcase products from more than 200 suppliers from across the UK and beyond, giving attendees the opportunity to browse a huge range of goods and services from exhibitors including Sims Automatics, plant and outdoor area specialist Benholm Group, labour supply firm Macon Resources and EPOS suppliers Maitre’D by Posera and ACR EPOS Systems.

And The Covered Market – a new feature for 2019 which was developed in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink – will feature products from artisan businesses across six categories: bakery; butchery; dairy; fresh fish; fresh produce; and herbs, spices and pulses.

Alongside the products, equipment and services, another key feature of ScotHot is, of course, the demonstrations and competitions.

ScotHot is the largest event of its kind for hospitality and catering professionals.

This year’s trade show will play host to the 33rd Scottish Culinary Championships, giving chefs of all ages the chance to display their skills in Live Theatre and Culinary Art, culminating in the presentation of the Scottish Chef of the Year and Scottish Junior Chef of the Year awards.

And, returning this year after debuting at the last ScotHot show in 2017, the Staff Canteen Live will again bring an action-packed programme of demonstrations over the two days.

Showcasing the culinary skills of some of the UK’s leading chefs, the Staff Canteen Live area will give attendees the chance to watch each chef prepare their signature dish live while answering questions from the session presenters.

Demonstrations and competitions will also feature heavily at the Liquid Academy Live stage, which will also host Drinks Industry Question Time with SLTN, the SLTA and the Scottish Bartenders Network.

Industry issues will also be discussed by a host of hospitality and tourism industry speakers at the Spotlight Stage, in partnership with the Scottish Tourism Alliance.

Ross Carter, event director at organiser Fresh Montgomery, said ScotHot 2019 aims to build on the success of the 2017 event, which is said to have attracted some 7000 visitors.

“ScotHot is the largest event of its kind for hospitality and catering professionals, and the biggest platform in the country for chefs to showcase their skills,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our exhibitors and delegates for an action-packed two days of activity in Glasgow.”

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ScotHot at a glance


The Spotlight Stage – a curated programme of inspiring and practical talks and workshops.


The Covered Market – a dedicated raw ingredients area for small, artisan businesses.


Liquid Academy Live – all things drinks-related, from the latest trends to cocktail competitions.


Scottish Culinary Championships – showcasing the huge amount of culinary talent in Scotland.


The Staff Canteen Live – cooking demonstrations from culinary greats and the hottest new chefs.