Attendee FAQs

What are the dates and location of the 2020 Mid-America Restaurant Expo?

The Mid-America Restaurant Expo will be held February 23-24, 2020 in Hall B of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

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What are the exhibit floor hours?

Exhibit show floor hours:

  • Sunday, February 23: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 24: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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What are the attendee registration fees?

  • $49 - Introductory special rate until November 1, 2019
  • $59 - Pre-registration rate from November 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020
  • $99 - Registration rate after February 15, 2020

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What does my attendee registration fee include?

  • Admission for both days to the exhibit hall featuring 350+ booths and displays
  • Over 50 education seminars and demonstrations
  • Admission to CONNECT at the Expo networking breakfast on Monday morning
  • Discounted room rates at official show hotels

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Who should attend the Expo?

Attendance is open to anyone directly involved in the foodservice industry.

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Are children permitted on the show floor?

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 ARE NOT PERMITTED on the Mid-America Restaurant Expo show floor at any time. This includes infants and toddlers, strollers, and carriers. Children ages 16 to 18 are permitted only if accompanied by an adult. This trade show standard is strictly enforced to help foster a professional, business-to-business environment for our attendees and exhibitors.

While onsite at the Expo, attendees must carry a photo I.D. in the event that identity confirmation is requested by security or staff. 

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What is the refund policy?

Use your credit card to register by 5 p.m. EST on February 15, 2020.  If you are unable to attend, we will credit your registration fee to your credit card. Only payments made by credit card are eligible for refunds. No refunds will be made for registrations paid for by check. All refund requests must be submitted in writing by March 6, 2020 to

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How do I make hotel arrangements?

The Expo has negotiated exclusive rates with hotels near the convention center. Please contact these hotels directly. For a complete list, please visit the Hotels page.

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What is the dress code?

Dress code is business casual.

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Who should I contact regarding EXHIBITOR questions?

Please contact tradeshow manager Debra Seiple at 614-246-0221 or

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Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Shoshanna Gross at or call (877) 265-7469.

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“What a great day at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo ! Thank you to the Ohio Restaurant Association  for hosting a great show with wonderful speakers. Together we are all stronger!” - Short North Piece of Cake 

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