Bar & Restaurant Expo 2024 concludes annual event with an exciting day three

From left to right: United Bartenders Guild Team USA members Mariano Gil Jr., United States Bartenders Guild Shake it Up 2024 Champion Yolanda Gregg, United States Bartenders Guild Shake it Up 2024 Runner-Up Champion Jonathan Stanyard and Manny Picon Delgado celebrate during day 3 of the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 20, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)

LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, March 20, Bar & Restaurant Expo, the nation’s largest and most influential gathering of bar and restaurant owners and operators, concluded its annual event,  providing exclusive access to the latest trends, practical solutions and discussions led by bar and restaurant industry icons.

This year’s expo programming made distinct changes from previous years, lending a special focus to helping owners and operators unlock their profit potential. The highlight of today’s conference lineup was an interactive session entitled “Raise The Bar,” where top industry experts Art Sutley, Mia Mastroianni and Phil Wills explored the intersections of space design, mixology and operational excellence that together create a holistic and unforgettable guest experience, effectively boosting venue profitability. Attendees were invited to come with questions ready and share their own experience in this collaborative discussion.

To cap off this year’s event, Bar & Restaurant Expo recognized winners of various prestigious awards today on the Main Stage, including the Industry Excellence Awards, Industry Impact Award, and the first-ever Supplier Awards. These awards are designed to recognize excellence among professionals in the business, and honor those who have gone above and beyond to improve the industry as whole.

The national United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG) hosted its annual Shake It Up competition on the expo floor. The most talented bartenders in the nation demonstrated their creativity, speed and skill for an expert panel of judges. After many rounds of this competition, Yolanda Gregg was named the 2024 USBG National Champion and will go on to represent the USBG at the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Portugal this fall.

On the expo floor, exciting live demonstrations by popular chefs like Tim Witcher, Bobby Marcotte, Nick Liberato and more continued throughout the afternoon, with each chef making a delicious dish for guests to sample.

Bar & Restaurant Expo will return to Las Vegas March 24-26, 2025. For more information, visit here

From left to right: Chef Brian Duffy (CL) poses with Johnson & Wales students during day 3 of the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 20, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media Group)

About Bar & Restaurant Expo

Bar & Restaurant Expo has continued to evolve and mirror the fast-paced, trend-setting nature of the hospitality industry. The event has been providing the specific tools that bar and restaurant owners, operators, and managers need to grow their businesses, compete, and succeed in this hyper-competitive and dynamic industry. The Bar & Restaurant Group ispart of the Questex Travel & Hospitality Division and also produces World Tea NewsWorld Tea Academy, as well as Bar & Restaurant ExpoBar & Restaurant News, and Vibe Conference.

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