Attendee FAQ


How do I register to attend Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2018?

Registration for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be available soon.

Your registration includes admission to the exhibition, special events and the 30+ sessions within the Education Program.

When & where is the event held?

September 6-8, 2018

Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL, 32819

What are the event hours?

Sept. 6 11am-5pm

Sept 7. 11am-5pm

Sept. 8 11am-4pm

Exhibits and education sessions follow the same hours as listed above.

What are the on-site registration and badge pick-up hours for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show?

September 6: 10am-5pm

September 7: 10am-5pm

September 8: 10am-4pm

What does it cost to attend?

Pricing information will be available soon.

What payment types are accepted on-site?

All major credit cards, cash and check are accepted on-site.


Attendee Questions

What types of products are being shown?

Our vendors will have food & beverage products, equipment, services, distributors, technology and more.

Who is exhibiting?

The exhibits will feature over 300 vendors showcasing front and back-of-house products, equipment, services and technology. Click here to see 2018 exhibitors.

What special events / features take place during the show?

There are many Special events and features taking place at the show, including over 40 education sessions as part of the Education Program, The Torch Award and Beacon Award Presentations, culinary demonstrations in the Culinary Demonstration Theater, the New Product Showcase, and several Specialty Pavilions including the Food Trends Experience, Sabor Latino Food Pavilion, Healthy Choice Exhibitors, the APPstore, and the Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion.

How can I book my hotel?  

Connections Housing, the official housing partner, provides reduced hotel rates and travel discounts for your trip to Florida. View all available properties and book your reservation here.

Please note: Connections Housing is the ONLY official housing company associated with Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2017. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences.

Is there parking at the event and how much is it?

Parking is available at the Convention Center. For directions and pricing, please click here

What is the best airport to fly into?

The best airport to fly into is the Orlando International Airport.

Am I able to rent a wheelchair or electrical scooter for the event?

Wheelchairs and electrical scooters are available to rent at the Convention Center. 

How can I receive a directory?

A Show Directory is available at the Registration Counters when you arrive at the show.

What attraction or restaurant discounts are available to show visitors?

Orlando is full of attractions and restaurants! Check back soon for discounts! Click here for more information about surrounding restaurants and attractions.

What are the qualifications to attend?

This is an industry trade event open to all restaurant & food service professionals; it is not open to the general public. Please provide information about your position within the industry when registering.

What is included with my attendee badge?

Your Exhibits Plus Pass includes entrance to the Exhibit Hall, along with access to ALL Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum sessions, demonstrations and special events.

Are children allowed?

Children are not allowed on the show floor at any time; including infants. Attendees must be 18 years of age or over to attend.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

No refunds will be given for any cancelled or no-show registrations; there are no exceptions to this policy.

What is the pre-registration deadline?


What is the cost to attend?

Pricing information will be available soon.

What is the Student Admission Policy?

The Show Student Admission Policy is as follows, and will be strictly enforced: 

No more than 10 students may attend per educational institution, with every five students requiring one adult/educator chaperone accompanying them throughout the Show. Groups must follow a one-chaperone to five-student ratio while in the Exhibit Hall. Groups of more than six will be asked by Show Management to split into smaller groups. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the Show at any time, and there will be no exceptions. All student registrations must be submitted at the same time as an Excel spreadsheet with the following information: student or chaperone name, title (for chaperones only), school name, mailing address and email address for each registrant for confirmation letters. The Student Admission rate is $25 per person and a valid student ID is required at the time of badge pick-up. Student/chaperone registration lists and payment information may be submitted to McKenzie Farquharson at Please note: if our maximum student allotment is exceeded, student registration will be closed. 

Is there a group discount policy?

No, there is not a group discount policy.

Do you mail the badges?

No, you will receive an email confirmation after registering that you can print and bring to the show. At the show, scanning the barcode on that email will print your badge.

I need to make a change to my registration; how can I do so?

Information coming soon.

What are the dates for future events

The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place September 6-8, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.