Exhibitor FAQs

1.    What are the dates and location of the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo?
September 26 & 27, 2017 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace in Timonium, MD.

2.    What are the show hours for Exhibitors?
Both days are open to attendees from 10:00am – 4:00pm, but exhibitors may arrive at 8:00am.

3.    When can  Exhibitors start loading-in?
Exhibitor load-in begins on September 25th from 12:00 - 6:00pm and continues on September 26th at 8:00am.

4.    How much does an Exhibitor booth cost?
RAM Members receive discounted booth prices. We also reward our exhibitors for reserving a booth early. Non-Member companies are welcome to exhibit, but to sign-up and take advantage of member pricing, call Hilary at (410) 290-6800.

   RAM MEMBER:   NON-MEMBER: 
 EARLY: 
 Before
 10/31/16


 10x10 - $1,250
 10x20 - $2,500
 20x20 - $4,500

 10x10 - $1,600
 10x20 - $2,900
 20x20 - $5,000

 STANDARD:
 Before
 7/31/17


 10x10 - $1,450
 10x20 - $2,800
 20x20 - $5,000

 10x10 - $1,800
 10x20 - $3,200
 20x20 - $5,500

 LATE:
 After
 8/1/17
 10x10 - $1,650
 10x20 - $3,100
 20x20 - $5,500
 10x10 - $2,000
 10x20 - $3,500
 20x20 - $6,000

5.    Who attends the Expo?
Over 5,000 attendees from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.  are expected to attend Expo. Expo is not open to the public and you must be an employee or member of the hospitality industry in order to attend.  Attendees include but are not limited to:
 
Restaurant Owners
Bar Managers F&B Directors 
General Managers
Hotel Managers Bed & Breakfast Owners 
Executive Chefs
Caterers/Event Planners
Convenience Store Operators 
Bed & Breakfast Owners  School Cafeteria Staff 
Tourism & DMO’s Offices
Accounting & HR Personnel  Cruise Ship Employees Packaged Goods & Liquor Store Operators
Servers & Bartenders Purchasing Managers
 
6.    How many tickets can my company give away?
Exhibitors are encouraged to invite ALL of their customers and prospects to attend for FREE.

7.    Where do I find the schedule of events?
The schedule of events will be updated regularly here.

8.    What is the booth cancellation policy?
Any company canceling their contracted exhibit space after January 31, 2017 will forfeit their deposit.  All cancellations or space changes must be submitted in writing. No refunds will be made after July 31, 2017. It is expressly agreed by the exhibitor that in the event it fails to pay the space rental at the times specified, or fails to comply with any other provisions contained in these rules and regulations concerning its use of exhibit space, Expo Management shall have the right to reassign the booth location shown on the face of the contract or to take possession of said space and lease same, or any part thereof, to such parties and upon such terms and conditions as it may deem proper. In the event of a default by the exhibitor, as set forth in the previous sentence, the exhibitor shall forfeit as liquidated damages, the amount paid for the space reservation, regardless of whether or not the Expo Management enters into a further lease for the space involved. In case the Expo shall not be held for any reason whatsoever, then and thereupon the rental and lease of space to the exhibitor shall be terminated. In such case the claim limit for damage and/or compensation by the exhibitor shall be the return to the exhibitor of the prorated amount already paid for space in for this specific event.

9.    How does my company get additional exposure at the Expo?
Sponsorship packages are customized to showcase your company during different events and functions that are part of the Expo. Ads are also available for purchase in the printed Show Guide.

10.    Who is my main contact for any Expo questions?
Please contact Hilary Yeh, Director of Expo at the Restaurant Association of Maryland, with any show needs at (410) 290-6800 x 1022 or hyeh@marylandrestaurants.com


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