I'm guessing from your ticker that the trip is to London (oooh - lucky you!). If that's correct, then you shouldn't have too much trouble with the etiquette.
The receptions and banquets are far more about the networking than the food, so nobody is going to be paying any attention to what anyone else is eating. I would say that the best tip is to keep moderation in mind, and try a little bit of whatever strikes your fancy. Carrying around a half-full wine glass is generally a good way to avoid taking other things that are offered, since your hands are obviously "busy".
As for the formal dinners, that can get a little bit more tricky. I have found that the best thing is to eat a bit of everything until I'm satisfied. Nobody will think less of you for leaving things on your plate, since the Brits are generally just as bad as us North Americans for serving overly large portions. Again, it's about the personal connections, so spending more time at the meal making conversation than eating is prettty much the norm.
Go, enjoy (in moderation), eat as healthy as you can for the other meals, and focus on having some great conversations with new people. Have a blast!
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