Experience. Engage. Empower.

The Mid-America Restaurant Expo attracts more than 4,000 experts, exhibitors and operators from throughout the Midwest to discuss the latest trends and topics affecting the restaurant industry. Its exhibit hall showcases the newest equipment and tools created specifically for restaurants, in addition to the most innovative food and beverage products available. Centered on collaborative education, the Expo features more than 50 educational seminars available to all attendees. The show is geared toward independent operators, regional chains, and is perfect for start-ups and veteran operators alike.

Show Hours

Sunday, January 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 14, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Show Location

Greater Columbus Convention Center - Hall B
400 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Child Policy

No one under the age of 16 will be permitted on the Mid-America Restaurant Expo show floor at any time. This includes infants and toddlers. Children ages 16 to 18 years of age 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.


2018 Expo Highlights

Get a feel for the Expo by checking out the 2018 highlights—featuring our vendors, competitions, outstanding speakers and dynamic keynote presentation!


Expo App



Who Loves Food Trucks?

Whether you are thinking of expanding your brick-and-mortar or have an established mobile restaurant, the Food Truck Park will be one area you won't want to miss!


Elite Speakers on tap for #MAREXPO

We have an AMAZING line up of Industry Leaders who will be sharing their secrets and words of wisdom with YOU at the Expo!


CONNECT Breakfast with Industry Influencers

Network with peers and build relationship assets for your business with influencer audiences such as PR Professionals, Bloggers, Foodies, Workforce Developers and Foodservice Innovators.

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I just want to say WOW! I don’t like to wish time away but I can’t wait for next year!

 Mike Haunert, Sysco Cincinnati

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The feedback and energy was outstanding!!! What a successful event!

Sheila Trautner, Taste Hospitality Group

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Expand Network

Attendance will be upwards of 4,000 high-profile, independent and mid-sized
regional restaurant operators. Expand your network with decision-makers, restaurant & food truck owners, general managers, executive chefs, F&B directors, purchasing
managers and caterers.

Gain Exposure

The Expo is the premier restaurant industry event in the Midwest connecting exhibitors and buyers in a progressive and dynamic environment centered around innovation, technology and trends. Expo attendees will continue to experience the best of the industry.

Build Relationships

The Expo is a high-energy tradeshow featuring multiple live demonstration stages, culinary competitions and food and beverage tastings all held in its expansive exhibit hall showcasing 350 booths and displays.


2019 marks the 27th consecutive tradeshow hosted by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Last year's show had more qualified buyers in attendance than ever before. Don't miss your chance to participate!


  • The Expo is competitively priced at $18.95 per square foot.
  • Value-added services include: Free ice, free refrigeration and freezer storage, plus a free listing and product description in the show’s program, on the Expo website and on the event app.
  • Each exhibitor receives 10 free guest passes for each 10x10 space reserved.
  • Held at a right-to-work facility, exhibitors save time and money doing their own move-in, set-up and tear down.


For exhibit application and show information, contact trade show manager, DEBRA SEIPLE at (877) 265-7469 or dseiple@ohiorestaurant.org

Positive comments throughout the floor and great industry pride evident throughout the two days! 2019 here we come!!

Sam Lindsley, Michael Symon Restaurants

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