Best Restaurant Industry Conferences of 2022

Adjoa Kittoe
Marketing Manager
February 7, 2022

In-person events are making a comeback in 2022! Here are eight conferences and trade shows that every restaurant operator should consider attending. These food service shows are well-respected and will highlight what's to come in the food industry.

Foodservice Shows for Restaurant Owners

  1. FAB Conference
  2. Restaurant Leadership Conference
  3. FS Tech Conference
  4. Texas Restaurant Association Show
  5. National Restaurant Show
  6. Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit
  7. International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York
  8. MAPP Restaurant Reset Conference

1. FAB Conference

The FAB conference is a 48-hour educational and inspirational workshop created by women, for women in the hospitality industry. With over 70 speakers and 350 attendees, FAB welcomes the industry back with their in-person conference, to be a place for people to connect with others, share stories, become each other’s resources, and empower one another.

Website: https://www.thisisfab.com/

When: June 5-7

Where: Charleston, SC

Who should attend: Female restaurant operators, chefs, caters, hospitality professionals.

Learn more and register here or e-mail them at info@thisisfab.com.

P.S. Come say hi to us! We’ll be there.

2. Restaurant Leadership Conference

Over 1,350 restaurant leaders will join the Restaurant Leadership Conference to discuss solutions to industry challenges, and connect with other leaders. This year's agenda will provide the latest industry, financial, and leadership insights from 100+ established speakers.

Website: https://restaurantleadership.com/

When: April 10-13

Where: Pheonix, AZ

Who should attend: Restaurant executives and other senior leadership.

Request an invitation here.

Psst: One of the most influential people of the 21st Century” by Esquire and one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Creative People in Food of the 21st century,” Chef and Founder, Momofuko, David Chang will host a session on Monday, April 11 from 4:20pm – 5:00pm. Don’t miss out!

P.S. Come say hi to us! We’ll be there.

3. FS Tech Conference

FSTEC is the industry's most comprehensive technology conference and the only event of its kind focused exclusively on both commercial and noncommercial food service. This year, FSTEC will host 1,000 attendees and 70+ thought-provoking keynote speakers.

Website: https://fstec.com/

When: September 19-21

Where: Dallas, TX

Who should attend: B2C businesses interested in using technologies.

Request an invitation here.

P.S. Come say hi to us! We’ll be there.

4. Texas Restaurant Association Show

The Texas Restaurant Association show is part trade show, part educational conference. This is the place to be for leading-edge trends in food, techniques, technology, and beverages. Celebrating their 85th year, hundreds of companies will show their latest products and services to help drive customer behavior.

Website: https://tramarketplace.com/

When: July 9-11

Where: Dallas, TX

Who should attend: Restaurant operators, chefs, F&B directors, franchisees/franchisors, C-level corporate executives from QSR, etc.

Register here.

P.S. Come say hi to us! We’ll be there.

5. National Restaurant Show

The National Restaurant Show will provide expert-led sessions unpacking new industry challenges and opportunities to industry-leading products and solutions for growth. This year’s show will help you find what you need to navigate today’s new business realities.

Website: https://www.nationalrestaurantshow.com/

When: May 21-24

Where: Chicago, IL

Who should attend: Professionals involved in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.

Register here.

6. Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit

Executives from leading brands will share their success stories of the numerous ways they have innovated to grow their franchises. Attendees will gain insight and inspiration to help them be more progressive in their businesses. Speakers and panelists include executives from Blaze Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Focus Brands, Little Caesars, Noodles & Company, PF Changs, Qdoba, and more.

Website: https://franchisinginnovation.com/

When: March 30-April 1

Where: Nashville, TN

Who should attend: Executives in franchise development, restaurant operators, etc.

Register here.

7. International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

This year will feature  570+ vendors from food & beverage products, equipment, services, distributors, technology, and more. Watch live culinary performances and awards ceremonies and listen in on roundtables.

Website: https://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/

When: March 6-8

Where: New York, NY

Who should attend: Restaurant operator, chef, cater, etc.

Register here.

P.S. Come say hi to us! We’ll be there.

8. MAPP Restaurant Reset Conference

This conference is a food, wine & spirits extravaganza, catered to women and professionals in culinary and hospitality. At the Restaurant Reset, you'll build and nurture relationships while learning how to continue to advance in your career. Top speakers include: Chef Tanya Holland, Chef Karen Akunowicz, President of USHG, Chip Wade and many expert lead workshops.

Website: https://mappimpact.org/restaurant-reset

When: April 24-26

Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Who should attend: Female restaurant operators, chefs, caters, hospitality professionals.

Register here.