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Connect with the Entire Event Industry.

See the Trends. Set the Trends.

The Special Event Conference & Tradeshow is the only annual event of its kind. A show of unrivaled influence and inspiration, it’s a spirited gathering of all the people, ideas, and trending innovations shaping the events and catering industry. Register today for the lowest rates of the year! 

Here are the top 5 reasons why you can’t miss Catersource + The Special Event 2022:

  1. Education – We attract the best speakers in the events and catering industry.  Earn continuing education credits in over 150 sessions including topics on catering, design, wedding, business development, sustainability, health & safety and much more! 
  2. Real Connections – In our world, relationships are everything.  Network with your peers and industry leaders to share ideas and solutions.
  3. Showcasing Events – Experiences that deliver ideas to create breathtaking, delicious, and seamless moments to wow your clients.
  4. Tradeshow – Explore and develop relationships with the vendors that will take your catering and events to the next level.
  5. Two Shows in One – Event planners and caterers need each other. This brings the entire event industry under one roof for an unparalleled immersive experience.

2022 Conference & Tradeshow Information

Dates: May 2-5, 2022
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Meet Your People. Find Your Solutions.

The Special Event tradeshow is a bustling marketplace—a vibrant agora bringing together thousands of the catering and event industries’ most invested professionals and solution providers. This is where welcoming exhibitor booths, relaxed happy hours, community-building receptions, award ceremonies, and bonus education all converge to celebrate our industry and drive it forward.

Expand Your Network

Receptions and happy hours where a simple “hello” to a fellow attendee often leads to an engaging discussion, business contact, or even a new friend.

Be More Innovative

Fun and enlightening festivities, tastings, and competitions show you the most creative food designs, cocktail R&D programs, and more!

Source Products and Services

We’ve got hundreds of cutting-edge suppliers from specialty foods to trending tech to design, transportation, and more—ready to help you wow your clients and customers.

Who Attends The Special Event?

We might come from different places, have diverse skillsets and unique talents, but we share a common bond: a sincere passion and enthusiasm for the events industry. There is a place for everyone on your team at The Special Event. Attendees come from all areas including:

  • Business Owners
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Operations Teams
  • Corporate Planners
  • Event Designers
  • Producers
  • DMC's
  • Hospitality Management
  • Event Rental
  • Entertainment
  • Floral Designers
  • Supplier Companies
  • Not for Profit
  • Associations
  • Universities

Get Schooled by the Best in the Business

We could all learn from proven industry vets—and from fresh new voices. The education opportunities at Catersource feature presentations from more than 100 industry luminaries who have been there, done that, and are armed with content that’s trendy, thought-provoking, and always influential.

The Special Event Conference Program

Four full days of access to 135+ sessions focused on all the strategies transforming the events and foodservice landscape.

Tradeshow Floor Theatre

Go from the closed session rooms to the energetic tradeshow floor where education and entertainment take center stage.

Bottom line: We know you, we understand you, and we produce a one-of-a-kind event solely focused on helping you succeed.