TRA MarketplaceThe Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace starts Sunday – and this year promises to be even better than before.

Did you know? Texas is one of the hottest growth markets in the country with restaurant industry sales of $52.4 billion. The TRA Marketplace takes place in Dallas, which is booming with over 12,000 restaurants.

To help you prepare for the TRA Marketplace, we’ve ranked our top 5 highlights of the forthcoming show. Here’s the countdown…

#5. Lone Star Bash. With a mission to raise money for Texas ProStart and other TRA Education Foundation initiatives, the Lone Star Bash will feature a celebration of Cajun and Creole cuisine, Texas-style. Check it out on Sunday, July 9 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Click here for more info.

#4. TIPS. The Education Idea Center features industry leaders and experts sharing their insights on trends.  Technology, Innovation, Profits & Solutions (TIPS) are dynamic 30 minute interactive sessions on key operational issues. Click here to check out what’s happening on the TIPS Stage.

#3. Social media. TRA Marketplace loves to get social! Check out the event hashtag – #TRAMarketplace – on Twitter and Instagram:  We’ll be joining in the tweets, as well.

#2. Craft Beverage Garden.  Sample craft beers and liquors from the finest breweries and distillers in Texas. And it’s close to our booth (see #1).

#1. The Expo. The show this year boasts over 550 vendors including yours truly. Be sure to check us out in booth 329. We’re in a great location – right by the bar and the Craft Beverage Garden. Click here for the floor plan.

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The show hours are Sunday, July 9 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Monday, July 10 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on the show, click here.