Bread & Butter - Time To Use Your Loaf
From seeds....to bloomers! Introducing Bread & Butter, the UK's first food and drink founders' festival for start-ups to scale-ups looking to grow their businesses - and make them earn their crust.
The two-day festival will feature hands-on interactive content, workshops, six unique zones and a schedule of inspiring must-see speakers who have all been there, seen it and done it. They include Tom Newton from Graze, Mark Palmer from Pret A Manger, Pippa Murray from Pip&Nut, Will Bowler from Popchips, Tamara Arbib from Rebel Kitchen, and Patrick Drake from HelloFresh.
No wellies required
All you need to join the festival is a great idea, or a food and drink business that you want to move forward. The event will introduce you to a community of like-minded others - those at the idea stage, those just about to launch - as well as those looking to scale up to the next level. No more wading through mud - this event aims to help you start and grow your business.
When bread met butter
Bread & Butter was founded by the entrepreneurs behind Kitchen Table Projects and the foodies support group, FoodHub. Kitchen Table Projects founder, Tara Mei, is fresh from organising a hugely successful series of foodie events partnering with High Street retailer M&S. Over the past 12 months she has worked with more than 500 emerging food brands through business boot camps, pop-up shops, and speed mentoring events. Jason is a former TV producer who cut his teeth in the food world by founding, and then selling, his gourmet olive oil business Nudo; which was on sale in Harrods, John Lewis and Selfridges.
Tara Mei said: "Bread & Butter is aimed at food and drink entrepreneurs who want to bring their vision to life. This is an exciting new show which will be a gathering of an incredible community of passionate producers - from start-ups at the idea stage, right through to serial entrepreneurs trading globally. They are all like-minded people who want to, or already create, amazing food and drink products."
It's not all work you know
No festival is ever complete without a party. The Founders' Ball will be an evening dinner for the more established food entrepreneurs to socialise, network and rub shoulders with the top retailers, investors and chefs. Make new contacts - and gain new insight by making new friends. It will take place on Saturday November 12th.
Get into the zone
There will be six zones - each one created to ensure festival-goers get the best out of their visit:
Keynote Zone - Industry luminaries will offer their experiences that are directly relevant to the challenges of the next generation of food companies. There will be a Producer's Table, where products can be displayed by delegates
Panel Zone - Industry panels of experts and entrepreneurs will tackle the prevalent business issues that face emerging and growing food brands. Visitors will hear their tales of triumph and disaster, and the many lessons that have been learned along the way
Workshop Zone - Intimate workshops covering everything to from the food business fundamentals to innovative strategies for business growth. Run by industry experts these workshops will generate tangible, actionable outcomes
Creative Zone - There will be a series of activities taking place during the festival designed to inspire and educate. Topics include creative, branding, positioning, naming, re-branding and marketing
Advice Bar Zone - Experts are on hand to solve delegate's business dilemmas and questions. The experts in the advice bar will include journalists, lawyers, food bloggers, accountants, PRs, insurers and growth experts
Exhibitor Zone - This zone will feature 24 hand-selected exhibitors who provide the vital services needed to grow food and drink brands. This zone also incorporates the 'Tasting Table' where delegates can present their products to three experts.
So what are you waiting for?
Jason Gibb said: "Being a food entrepreneur myself, I can tell you that it is a lonely road, so the aim of Bread & Butter is to build a community of friendly, passionate producers who support each other through the highs and lows. We want to hand entrepreneurs the tools and opportunities to have a go at pursuing their passions and turning ideas in to reality, by giving them access to the expertise they need to make their businesses last."
Bread & Butter takes place at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London, on November 12th and 13th. For more information - and how to get your early bird tickets - visit breadandbutterfest.com
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