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Catersource and The Special Event
Feb 24 – 27, 2025
Broward County Convention CenterFort Lauderdale, FL

Showcasing Events

Creating breathtaking, delicious, seamless moments that clients can enjoy and share unites us all. Get ready for an opportunity to see updated event design curated for 2025.

Inspire Your Colleagues & Peers in 2025

Apply to Chair: Lead an experienced team of event professionals to create a memorable experience that will be talked about in the industry for years. CLICK HERE

Call for Venues: Show off your premier venue to meeting & event planners, caterers and suppliers. CLICK HERE

Call for Sponsors: Maximize your exposure with dozens of sponsorship opportunities that make your brand pervasive & compelling—before, during, and after the show. CLICK HERE

Catersource + The Special Event Showcasing Events

Venue Tour

Check out some of Austin's distinctive venues.

Monday, February 12, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Connect Social

Kick off your week right by connecting with friends and colleagues at our opening welcome reception.

Monday, February 12, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Opening Night Party

Immerse yourself in a trendy showcase with food and beverage highlights that will change your menus. 

Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Opening Keynote

Reinvigorate your creative juices with inspiration from the industry on the mainstage. 

Opening Keynote: Wednesday, February 14, 9:00am - 10:00am

SEARCH Foundation Annual Signature Event

The annual SEARCH fundraising event is designed to help the Foundation’s ongoing mission of supporting event companies in need.

Wednesday, February 14, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™

Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ provides a unique opportunity for event planners to experience and vet potential vendors and performers before booking them. 

Thursday, February 15, 8:00am (doors) - 10:00am

Tablescape Competition

Thursday, February 15, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Catersource + The Special Event Show Floor

Awards Ceremony

Join Catersource + The Special Event in honoring industry leaders on Thursday evening, February 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at our awards gala.

 Location: General Session Stage

Admission to this event is free with any pass type. 

Closing Night Celebration

Celebrate with colleagues amidst an entertainment-filled experience as we wrap up a great week for our industry.

Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm - 10:30pm at Superstition