The annual BDCI Festival Dinner is always fantastic fun and a great networking event to catch up with industry colleagues old and new. This year BDCI are delighted to announce a change in venue to the historic Grade 11 listed Whitbread Brewery building in the City of London.

The Brewery occupies the buildings of Whitbread’s 18th Century beer-making empire. Its rooms, ranging from great halls to intimate chambers, are unique and will provide a fantastic new venue for BDCI’s Festival Dinner, which will be on Friday November 2nd.

Ted Hoefling, BDCI Treasurer said “The annual BDCI Festival Dinner is the highlight of the year for the UK meat industry and is a great way for the industry to support BDCI and raise funds, whilst having a very enjoyable evening. We are very excited with the change in venue this year. The Brewery, with iconic and historic past, has been transformed into an elegant and contemporary venue. BDCI recognises the way our industry is evolving and changing and we will be announcing some exciting changes of our own at the dinner.

This year’s BDCI Festival Chairman, Chris Aldersley, COO of Cranswick PLC said, “Having been in the meat industry for years, I have attended BDCI Festival Dinner many times, it’s always a great event, mixing business with pleasure and meeting up with industry friends and colleagues, so please help your industry’s essential charity BDCI and come along for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining evening.”

The Festival Dinner will start at 6.30pm with carriages at midnight. A well-known celebrity (details to follow at a later stage) will entertain guests with a speech and witty repartee.

The Auctioneer this year will be Cranswick’s very own Nick Mitchell. Nick works closely with Chris Aldersley in his role as Trading Director for the Fresh Pork Division. As well as a long career in the meat industry, Nick has experience as an Auctioneer at the Bi-Annual Charity Golf Days he runs on behalf of Cranswick for a local children’s charity, plus auctions at various other charity functions.

Nick said, “I have been attending BDCI Festival Dinner since the late 80’s and it will be a tremendous honour to play a part in helping to raise monies for the charity.”

For those that wish to party there will be a disco in an adjacent room after dinner and speeches, allowing those who wish to mingle and chat to remain in The Porter Tun room.

Not only have BDCI have kept the cost of tickets the same, as in previous years at £160, but this now also includes a drinks reception before the meal plus half a bottle of wine per person. Tickets have already started to sell quickly so make sure you reserve your seats now!

Tickets are now very limited. To check availability, please telephone 01727 896094



The annual BDCI Festival Dinner is always fantastic fun and a great networking event to catch up with industry colleagues old and new
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