Top 5 Tips to Maximize Your NRA Show Visit

The National Restaurant Association Show is going to be bigger and more exciting than ever. With over 1,800 food service and hospitality suppliers registered to participate in showing off their cutting-edge wares, there will surely be no shortage of new and amazing things to experience. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the NRA Show are bound to overload the senses of all culinary enthusiasts in attendance, so create a game day plan ahead of time to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything important. Here’s what you can do to optimize your visit.

1. Make a To-Do List

Being one of the largest and most anticipated restaurant industry trade shows around, the NRA Show will attract thousands of visitors from far and wide. Even with four days open to the public, you might not get the chance to sample every tasty morsel. If you already have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the show, jot down some exhibits or products of interest that are personal must-sees so that you remember what your priorities are. Pick up a new blender, shake Robert Irvine’s hand, sample at least ten different foods–whatever you want to do is up to you. Just remember to do it.

2. Wear Comfortable Shoes and Proper Attire

At a massive trade show such as this, you’re going to be doing a ton of walking. While burning off some of the calories you plan on consuming might not sound so bad, getting around can become very tiresome fast. Your feet will hurt, so bring some comfy gym shoes. Loose-fitting clothing is also a good idea. If you’re in the restaurant industry and plan on making some connections, pack a dress shirt and slacks as well.

3. Bring a Bag

Most people won’t come home from the NRA Show empty-handed, but carrying all of the free samples and literature by hand for hours upon hours would be torture. Also keep in mind that you might make a purchase without planning it. With a backpack, duffel bag, suitcase, or large purse on you, lugging all of the goodies around wouldn’t be much of a burden.

4. Stay Hydrated and Energized

Attending the National Restaurant Association Show could prove to be extremely exhausting. Give your body the energy to check out every exhibit within the limited time frame by drinking plenty of water and eating something here and there. After all, you’re at a foodie convention. There’s bound to be snacks and beverages around every corner.

5. Ask Plenty of Questions

Whether you’re interested in a particular product or are there to make a business proposition, always ask questions to get the information that you need. Trade shows are as much about promoting a product as they are about informing the public, so never hesitate to speak your mind to the many brand representatives on the floor.