UK trade show venue

The UK’s only trade show for the ice cream industry – Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 February 2019


The Ice Cream and Gelato Expo 2019 takes place in Hall 1 at the Yorkshire Event Centre, a UK trade show venue. It is the UK’s only trade show for the ice cream industry.

Visitors can expect everything from a huge variety of ice cream, to machinery, sundries, equipment and packaging.  Most importantly, an amazing array of ice cream to inspire and delight you!

Organised by the industry’s trade association – the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA).  With many ICA members experiencing a bumper 2018, the trade show comes at an ideal time for this years trends. Certainly a must-do event for anyone in the industry looking for a chance to network and launch new products.

“The Ice Cream Alliance is 75 years old this year,” commented Zelica Carr, Ice Cream Alliance CEO. “This will be our 69th trade Expo. With the best year in our history in terms of ice creams sales just finished, the industry is in a very strong position to go forward and face fresh challenges.”

Ice Cream Expo Harrogate
Ice Cream Exhibition 2019

Broadcaster to announce winners of National Ice Cream Championships


The 2019 expo will welcome TV and radio’s Nigel Barden.  Nigel will be announcing the winners of the National Ice Cream Championships held annually at the expo.

With a total of 16 categories ranging from the most popular flavours across to innovation in new flavours and presentation, as well as a ‘Newcomers’ award. Category winners are judged at the Expo and an overall UK Champion is also announced. Winners receive a coveted Ice Cream Alliance Winners Certificate and magnificent silver trophy

Nigel Barden is a food and drink broadcaster, who has worked with Simon Mayo and Chris Evans, on their Sony Gold award winning BBC Radio 2 shows for 12 years and is the food correspondent for BBC London.  He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards, Deliciously Yorkshire and host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

“We are delighted to have Nigel announcing the winners of our prestigious National Ice Cream Championships which we have been running for 75 years,” commented Zelica Carr, Ice Cream Alliance CEO.  “The Championships showcase the creativity and dynamism of the ice cream market.”

National Ice Cream Competition

Judging at the 2018 National Ice Cream Competition

Nigel Barden

Admission to the Expo is free to trade. For more details and to register please see Ice Cream and Gelato Expo.

Free parking makes visiting us easy.  For more details and to plan your trip please see our Visit Us section.

Looking for things to do in Harrogate?  For details on events and exhibitions coming up at the Yorkshire Event Centre see our What’s On guide.