Exhibitor Set-Up

Set-Up Day - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Set-up for the Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is scheduled for the day before the Expo at assigned times. Click the map to view set-up schedule

Upon submitting your exhibitor contract, you agreed to our set-up schedule for Tuesday, March 29, 2016. With rare exception, ALL exhibitors are expected to set up the day before the Expo.

Although your display may not take long to set up and your preference may be to load-in on the morning of the Expo - this sentiment is shared by enough of your fellow exhibitors that it can cause a significant traffic jam on the day of the show. It also bears mentioning that many of our larger food vendors truck-in fresh food on the morning of the show and need access to the loading dock. For these reasons, we ask all exhibitors to abide by the set-up schedule.

If it is impossible for you to set up on Tuesday, it is essential that you notify the show director in advance of the event.

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Day of Show - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The show hours are from 10 am to 4 pm. All exhibitors are expected to staff their booths during these hours. All exhibitors on the main show floor should be in place and ready to greet attendees at 9:30 am. We conduct a "soft opening" at 9:30 am allowing early-bird attendees to visit with exhibitors on the concourse. If your booth is on the concourse (booths numbered between 100-130) should be in place and ready to greet attendees by 9:00 am.

Although the show closing is advertised as 4:00 pm, we do accept attendees up until that time. As long as there are attendees on the show floor or at 4:30 pm - whichever arrives first - exhibitors should remain in place.

If you are a food vendor, please know that a local hunger relief charity will conduct a food rescue when the show closes. Please leave on your table any food products that you would like to donate. This includes open food products that you feel are safe for consumption. There is state legislation in place that relieves you of liability for such donations. Exhibitors are strictly prohibited from giving open food products to late-in-the-day attendees for purposes of taking off premises.

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Exhibitor Kit

For more information, contact show director:

Rebecca Dill



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Show Logistics

Show Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
10 am - 4 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Assigned times: 10 am - 5 pm

Show Venue:

Cross Insurance Arena One Civic Center Square Portland, Maine What types of companies exhibit? Those that sell goods and/or services to Maine's hospitality-based businesses who know that the Expo represents the biggest bang-for-the buck marketing opportunity of the year.

Contact Us

Show Director:

Rebecca Dill events@mainerestaurant.com

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About the Expo

The Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is the premier business-to-business trade show for Maine's premier industry - hospitality!

More than 120 exhibiting companies engage with hundreds of restaurant and lodging professionals in the most efficient and effective marketing event of the year.

Who may attend the Expo?

Owners and employees of licensed food service and lodging establishments are invited to attend the Expo to find inspiration, education and resources for their every business need.

Due to strict insurance regulations, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the show.

What types of companies exhibit?

Those that sell goods and/or services to hospitality-based business who know that the Expo represents the biggest bang-for-the-buck marketing opportunity of the year.