TRA Marketplace Announces New 2020 Dates Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

May 4

US second largest foodservice trade event will welcome the industry back in August

DALLAS, TX—The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace, the state’s largest restaurant industry event, will reschedule its dates to August 16-17, 2020. The original dates for the event were June 14-15, 2020. 

Part trade show and part educational conference, TRA Marketplace is one of the few annual events where industry insiders can gather to see new products from hundreds of exhibitors, learn from experts in their field, and network with their peers.  

The Texas Restaurant Association is rescheduling the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent damaging effect it has had on restaurants across Texas.  

“We are working closely with our partners within the City of Dallas and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to create an event that is safe for everyone,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “After such a devastating period for our industry, we look forward to welcoming everyone to a great event to learn, network, and talk about what’s next for this great industry.” 

Education sessions for this year will be expanded to focus on rebuilding our industry and creating a sustainable business. Patrick Terry, Founder, and Todd Coerver, CEO of P. Terry’s Burger Stand, will give a keynote conversation on growing a company and surviving the pandemic while staying true to their brand.  

Thousands of restaurant owners, managers, chefs, educators, and industry executives attend the two-day event. In addition to networking and getting access to incredible show-only deals, attendees will find everything from kitchen to curb, including artisan food products, linens, dinnerware, cookware, mobile technology, security, flooring, apparel, equipment, and supplies.  

The event also features a Culinary Innovation Station featuring newly launching companies, the Craft Beverage Pavilion featuring a variety of local and small batch brewers and distillers, and a GO TEXAN area for Texas grown/manufactured products available for purchase. 

The TRA Political Action Committee (PAC) Lounge will be the site of several political and legislative-themed sessions with VIP guests to be announced.  

Back for the second year is TRA Young Guns – a dynamic education and networking event created for young restaurant professionals or those new to the industry. TRA Marketplace will also host the Texas Restaurant Photography Contest for the second year. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the photographs, with funds benefitting the Texas Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation (TRAEF) TX Restaurant Relief Fund initiative. 

Events surrounding TRA Marketplace, including the Texas Restaurant Awards and Lone Star Bash will also be rescheduled, with details coming soon.  

About the Texas Restaurant Association 
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $66 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 48,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry.