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Workshops, talks and innovative stands are not to be missed at Australia’s largest food trade show.

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Fine Food Australia.

Every September, Fine Food Australia celebrates the country’s incredibly diverse and dynamic foodservice industry, and this year the show returns on 10–13 September to our nation’s biggest foodie capital—Melbourne. 

Fine Food Australia is the largest food trade show in the Southern Hemisphere, combining 1000+ exhibitors with thousands more products. Every year the event draws on international and home-grown exhibitors, trends and innovations to be the one-stop destination to help you keep your finger on the industry’s pulse. 

The event covers every facet of the industry, including the latest in food and specialty tastes, healthy living, bakery equipment and ingredients, packaging, catering and hospitality equipment, international food, drinks, fit-out and design, and retail technology. With the show attracting an audience in excess of 24,000, the continued level of support of the event from the foodservice, hospitality and retail sectors nationally makes Fine Food Australia the annual go-to destination for any business operating in the food industry. 

food trade showIn 2018, the industry’s most important event brings a mix of old favourites and new attractions to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

Fine Food Australia is an event like no other, and the only place for the industry to gain new insights, product innovations, and expert advice, all in one place. If you are serious about foodservice, you need to be there!  

When: 10–13 September

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Registration: Free Registration at finefoodaustralia.com.au

Fine Food Australia is a strictly trade-only event. 

What’s on—and what’s new—in 2018

Organics, Natural and Free-From zones

Catering to the growing trend for healthy alternatives, the Organics Zone is back and larger than ever before! Focusing on organic products and sitting alongside the Natural and Free-From zone, this caters for all dietary requirements in one stop! 

The Lions’ Den 

After an incredible response to the launch in Sydney last year, the Lions’ Den is launching in Melbourne and opening up the floor to aspiring businesses with winning ideas. Watch as start-ups get honest, real-world feedback from the panel of CEO industry experts who have the market understanding, strategic foresight and business savvy to know what works.

Women in Foodservice

Launched in 2014, the Women in Foodservice Charity Event invites women in the food industry to come together, celebrate their knowledge and be inspired by successful women while networking with peers. All profits from the event are donated to charity.

In 2018, Australian journalist/food author Dani Valent will lead a discussion with innovators including Sharlee Gibb, Shannon Martinez, Melissa Leong, Katy Barfield and Jo Barrett about their inspiring adventures in food.

All Things Bakery 

Delivering new techniques, flavours, equipment and products, 2018 brings bakers together to share ideas and try new products. Combine that with the Official Great Aussie Pie & Sausage Roll Competitions, Bake Skills and the Live Bakery by EOI showcasing the latest in baking live on the show floor—and your bakery needs are covered! 

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Be up to date with the latest trends, products and equipment at the country’s largest food trade show.

Fitout and Design

New to Fine Food Australia, Fitout and Design showcases what’s hot—and what’s required—for a great venue fitout and design. The area will cover everything from tangibles such as furniture, carpet, tiles, and music systems to the brains behind the perfect fitout including builders, architects and operational specialists.

Pizza & Pastry Revolution

The Le 5 Stagioni Pizza Competition will return for another exciting year and will be heating things up on the show floor like only a hotly contested pizza competition can!  Watch the best pizza makers from around the country battle it out to be crowned the country’s best pizza maker by the man crowned the world’s best—Johnny Di Francesco of 400 Gradi. 

Education across multiple sectors

Three stages of education and workshops will run free sessions daily. What is common to all stages and sessions are the practical takeaways and learnings.

At the Innovations in Patisserie Stage presented by Callebaut, watch talented pastry chefs as they demonstrate key techniques for working with chocolate and pastry, as well as showcasing new equipment technology. Visitors will be inspired by the likes of Kirsten Tibballs, the Zumbo team, Darren Purchese, Jitsk Heyninck and Jonny Pisanelli. 

At the Talking Food stage presented by Silverchef, industry professionals share their knowledge on everything from sustainability to international expansion, and address controversial aspects of running a business in the industry. 

Australian selections 

The World Trophy of Pastry, Gelato and Chocolate is one of the most important event in the international pastry industry —and this year the selections to represent Australia at the biannual event in Milan will be held at Fine Food Australia. 

Watch chefs battle it out for prestigious titles—creating works of art from pastry, gelato and chocolate. Judges include Adriano Zumbo, Luigi Stivaletta and Barbara Castiglione.  

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