Sunday, July 21, 2024

Foodservice Australia returns bigger and better

Foodservice Australia opens to the food and hospitality industry at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre this Sunday.

Event Director Tim Collett says: “After surviving lockdown the food industry is on the crest of a massive rebound. Everyone wants to reconnect and rebuild. A trade show is the obvious place to catch up and discover the new food and equipment trends. I have no doubt this will be the biggest and most important show we have ever run.”

Foodservice Australia runs from 27 February to 1 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. With over 450 exhibitors, the trade show will feature special events including the National Restaurant Conference, Aged Care Catering Summit, Chef of the Year Competition, Chef Success Workshops, Café School, Sweet Spot and the famous Bocuse d’Or.

There will thousands of new products to see and sample such as ingredients, convenience products, gourmet products, snacks and beverages. There are also dedicated sections for artisan producers and plant-based ingredients.

Visitors will be able to trial the latest catering equipment including ovens, fryers, slicers, toasters, knives, refrigeration, benches and coffee machines. There will also be the latest point of sale systems and packaging.

Mr Collett says they have worked closely with the government and industry to ensure the show can run safely and successfully.

“The MCEC is one of the safest indoor spaces in Melbourne. Everyone needs to be vaccinated and wear a mask except when sampling. But we are all used to this now and the show can move forward with minimal disruption,” he said.

Mr Collett said the event industry had been impacted by lockdowns.

“Nobody could ever have anticipated a 24-month shutdown. We have worked extra hard to keep people engaged through all the delays and cancelations. I am just so grateful our suppliers, presenters and exhibitors stuck with us. It is exciting to see events returning and we are absolutely ready.”

Visitor registration is now open. Entry is free however visitors must be over 16 and work in a food or hospitality business. For online registration visit

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