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Fine Food Australia celebrates 40 years

Now in its’ 40th year, Fine Food Australia continues to prove itself as Australia’s ‘biggest and leading’ trade show dedicated to all things food from foodservice to hospitality, catering equipment, to retail and bakery. Visitor registration is now open Fine Food Australia.

Fine Food Australia will return to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over four days from Monday, 2 September 2024 through to Thursday, 5 September.

As the trade event celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024, the show is set to be more expansive than ever, already featuring more than 425 Australian and international exhibitors representing the food industry, across categories including foodservice, hospitality, catering, bakery, retail, import, export, distribution, and manufacturing. “With the show floor already 85% sold out, Fine Food is set to be sold out soon.”

Reflecting on the event’s 40th anniversary, Diversified Communications Managing Director David Longman says, “As we celebrate Fine Food Australia’s 40th year, we reflect on how it has evolved, embracing innovation, trends & challenges of the culinary industry here in Australia. From humble beginnings to a large-scale international trade event, this milestone symbolises not just longevity but resilience and adaptability of the Australian food industry.

“Fine Food Australia is testament to the enduring spirit of culinary excellence and the platform’s role in shaping the future of food in Australia. With the unwavering commitment of the food industry, we look forward to honouring this journey and embracing the opportunities ahead as we continue to elevate the gastronomic experience for another 40 years and beyond.”

Fine Food Australia Commercial Product Manager Sinead Kavanagh says, “We are so excited to deliver Fine Food Australia 2024. With over 40 years of connections and stories to tell it’s going to be a huge edition where we celebrate the people and businesses in this incredible industry. We’re also excited to be launching two new features to the show that will enhance the experience for our visitors and help their businesses thrive, hopefully, for the next 40 years!”

The Fine Food event also promises to deliver a series of presentations and informative sessions conducted by key industry opinion leaders to educate and engage visitors with the latest industry innovations, trends and more.

Fine Food Australia 2024 is supported by industry associations including Austrade, Australian Culinary Federation, Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body, Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia and National Association of Food Equipment Suppliers.

Fine Food will draw together the ‘crème de la crème’ of the industry across the entire floor of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Exhibitors will include brands such as Mayers Fine Food, Bidfood, Milklab, Bega, Simplot, Mission Foods, Steinbok, Alternative Dairy Co, Square, Ready Bake and many more.

Highlights and new additions

This year, the Melbourne show will include traditional highlights and new additions as follows.

Talking Tech

The Talking Tech stage will delve into the influence, opportunities, and advancements of the latest technology trends and innovations for food service and hospitality. Join leading experts as they share key insights to stay ahead of tech advancements in the industry.

Talking Trends

Talking Trends returns in 2024, more relevant than ever in our ever-changing world. Stay up to date with key foodservice and hospitality industry trends, advances, and innovations. Join vital discussions that unravel opportunities affecting the food service and hospitality industry.

Mayers Innovation in Patisserie

Discover meaningful insights, grasp new techniques, and be inspired by industry pioneers at the Mayers Innovation in the Patisserie Stage, with leading pastry chefs conducting masterclasses on desserts, cakes and more.

The Source Kitchen

Experience creativity and innovation at The Source Kitchen, curated by Straight To The Source. Join experts Tawnya Bahr and Lucy Allon in exploring Australian produce and origin through engaging culinary demonstrations and workshops. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover insights from farmers, artisans, and innovators and indulge in diverse food demonstrations.

Bake Skills Australia

Join Bake Skills Australia at Fine Food 2024 to experience their annual competitions held on the show floor. Don’t miss the Bake Skills Australia National Pastry Chef Championship and the Bake Skills Australia National Baking Championships, showcasing the talents of the younger generation of bakers and pastry chefs. Committed to supporting quality, training, and professionalism in baking, Bake Skills Australia continues its mission at Fine Food Australia 2024.

ACF Culinary Challenge

Check out the ACF Culinary Challenge taking place on the show floor at Fine Food Australia 2024! Chefs, trainees, and apprentices showcase their skills in a series of thrilling competitions against each other and the clock, competing for a their share of cash and prizes. Top-tier chefs are invited to impress the Fine Food audience and be judged by a panel of registered ACF Judges.

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat

Check out Australia’s longest-running culinary competition! The Nestlè Golden Chef’s Hat is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons by offering apprentice and junior chefs a truly unique opportunity to showcase their skills in live cook-offs judged to globally recognised standards.

The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition

Paying homage to Aussie’s much-loved icon, the perfect pie – categories include, Greatest Meat Pie, Gourmet Pie, Plain Sausage Roll & Gourmet Sausage Roll.

40th celebration event

To celebrate 40 years of culinary excellence in the Australian foodservice and hospitality industry, Fine Food Australia are holding a celebratory evening on 2 September. Visitors can purchase tickets to join an “unforgettable evening blending nostalgia and excitement as we honour 40 years and look ahead to the future of our industry.”

The Fine Food Australia trade show is on from 2-5 September 2024 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. To register for free, visit finefoodaustralia.com.au.

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