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Connect with the Entire Event Industry

Nothing goes together like food and events. It just made sense to bring the two shows together.

Event planners and caterers need each other. Catersource + The Special Event brings the entire event industry under one roof for an unparalleled immersive experience. Attendees have the opportunity to connect and have conversations with everyone within the events & catering ecosystem to help move the industry forward.

The combined event will bring together the most cutting-edge suppliers and the top industry professionals together to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn in one sensory-stimulating environment.

Two Conferences in One!

Event Inspiration

Event Stars

Event Suppliers

May 2-5, 2022 | Anaheim Convention Center

About The Special Event & Tradeshow

The Special Event (TSE) is an event that celebrates the industry. Bringing the best speakers together for top education, means you’ll learn everything critical to stay competitive. Along with the highest caliber suppliers, awards that celebrate you and events bursting with ideas, this is your annual place to make industry connections and find business solutions.

If you are an event planner, wedding planner, event rental company, caterer, florist, event entertainment company or any other professional working in events, The Special Event is for you.

Ambassadors from Both Industries

We partner with the best of the best to consult our team of event chairs and committees to create world class experiences. We are thrilled to announce Norm and Pawntra as our 2022 Anaheim show ambassadors.

The team is working on creating the best conference yet. Sign-up to receive emails for updates like registration opening, savings deadlines, who's speaking and more!

Norm Bennett


24 Carrots

Pawntra Shadab CTA, CIS, CITP

Vice President

Elite Productions International

Hear from the team!

“As the catering and event planning industries evolve and increasingly intersect, we recognized the need for a single source of inspiration and expertise. We are thrilled to continue partnering Catersource with The Special Event, further enhancing the experiences of attendees and broadening the activations and conference content to better fit their needs.”

Kathleen Stoehr
Director of Community & Content Strategy, Catersource

“This is exciting news for all of our customers. By partnering with Catersource, we are creating a powerhouse event for catering and event professionals and suppliers; a true one-stop shop for education, exhibits, networking and innovation.” 

Tara Melingonis
Show Director, The Special Event