PX+: the Festival for Hospitality Workers
This summer will see the launch of PX+ Festival in the UK (August 24-27) – the first festival solely for those working in and around the hospitality and food industry.
Other European hospitality-focused events include MAD (Copenhagen), Food on the Edge (Ireland), and Parabere Forum (various cities). But unlike PX+ Festival, these events are open to the public and are structured in a symposium format. PX+ attendees have to submit proof that they work in the industry – from farmers and vintners to chefs and bartenders – while non-industry guests can attend as a plus one.
"The people working in the hospitality industry need celebrating," said festival founder Katie Bone. "I wanted to create a moment to celebrate, to collaborate, and discuss ways we can drive change."
Held in Hertfordshire on Duchess Farm – a sixth-generation family business that produces Duchess rapeseed oil – the event will encompass chef dinners, bars, talks and live music. Participants include St John's Wines, chefs Dan Doherty, Clare Smyth and Chantelle Nicholson, sommelier Jennifer Docherty MW, restaurant manager Emma Underwood, and vegetable supplier Natoora.
"[It] will be a great opportunity to create and strengthen relationships between producers and restaurants – a connection which is easily overlooked in the fast-paced environment of the hospitality world," said Duchess farmer Max Ruddle.
For more on sustainability, tracing food sources and tackling waste, see Hotel & Hospitality Trends 2018, Food & Drinks Innovation, Reframing Rare and Feeding Tomorrow's Consumers. Also look out for our report on Sustainable Restaurants, publishing later this month.