Attendee FAQ


How do I register to attend International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York 2018?

To register for the 2018 NY Restaurant Show, CLICK HERE.

Your registration includes admission to the exhibition, special events and 30+ educational sessions. 


General Questions

When & where is the event held?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 Javits Convention Center

655 West 34th Street

New York, NY 10001

What are the event hours?

Sunday, March 4: 10am-5pm

Monday, March 5: 10am-5pm

Tuesday, March 6: 10am-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 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York?

Sunday, March 4: 9am-5pm

Monday, March 5: 9am-5pm

Tuesday, March 6: 9am-4pm

What does it cost to attend?

- $20 registration fee - Early Bird (Ends December, 2, 2017)

- $40 registration fee is in effect from December 3, 2017 through February 3, 2018

- $50 registration fee is in effect from February 4, 2018 through the final day of the Show, March 6, 2018

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 500 vendors showcasing front and back-of-house products, equipment, services and technology. Check back soon for a list of 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, 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, Japan Pavilion, Healthy Choice Exhibitors, The Pub, Gourmet Way, The appSTORE, TasteNY & Craft Beverage Showcase, Gourmet Way and the Dessert Cart Pavilion.

How can I book my hotel?  

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

Please note: Connections Housing is the ONLY official housing company associated with International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York 2018. 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 multiple garages near the Javits Center, but we have a special $17 for 10 hours parking rate coupon for two garages within walking distance of the Javits Center.
MP41 LLC - 475 West 41st Street 
MP Manhattan Plaza LLC - 401-471 West 42nd Street

Coupon must be printed before arriving at the parking facility, and surrendered to cashier upon entry to the garage. 

Where can I find information about the shuttle service?

Shuttle service is offered each day of the show to and from the Javits Center from host hotels.

Complimentary service is provided from the following locations to the Javits Center:

Penn Station                                             Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square

Marriot Marquis                                         Doubletree by Hilton NY Times Square West

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square              Doubletree Times Square South

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan            Four Points by Sheraton MidTown Times Square South

Staybridge Suites Times Square              Holiday Inn NYC Times Square

Millenium Broadway                                 Yotel


Hours of service:

Saturday, March 4          2:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 5            8:00 AM- 11:00 AM           3:30 PM- 6:00 PM

Monday, March 6            8:00 AM- 11:00 AM          3:30 PM- 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 7           8:00 AM- 11:00 AM          2:30 PM- 6:00 PM

What is the best airport to fly into?

The surrounding airports include: Laguardia Airport, JFK Airport, Westchester Airport, and Newark Airport.

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

The Javits Center offers wheelchairs and electrical scooters for rental. You must fill out this rental form prior to arrival if you require an electrical scooter.

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?

Welcome to New York City!  View the Delegate Discount Pass here -- this is your ultimate guide to exclusive savings throughout the City.  Redeem these offers by showing a printed or mobile version of the NYC & Company Delegate Discount Pass in its entirety at participating member restaurants and attractions, unless provided with a promo code for advance reservations, purchase or registration.

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?

You can pre-register for the show up until the final day of the show, March 6, 2018. Please note these important dates for price changes.

  • $20 registration fee - Early Bird (Ends December, 2, 2017)
  • $40 registration fee is in effect from December 3, 2017 through February 3, 2018
  • $50 registration fee is in effect from February 4, 2018 through the final day of the Show, March 6, 2018
What is the cost to attend?
  •  $20 registration fee - Early Bird (Ends December, 2, 2017)

  • $40 registration fee is in effect from December 3, 2017 through February 3, 2018

  •  $50 registration fee is in effect from February 4, 2018 through the final day of the Show, March 6, 2018

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 each 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 6 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 pre-registered, but did not receive my confirmation email?

To resend your confirmation email, click here and use the email address you registered with and the password you created to login.

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

Click here and use the email address you registered with and the password you created to login.

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