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Fine Food Australia 2023 to deliver a massive show for food industry visitors

The nation’s only established tradeshow dedicated to all things food is returning to Sydney’s International Convention Centre over four massive days from 11-14 September 2023.

Presented annually, the show was last held in Sydney in 2019.

More than 850 Australian and international exhibitors representing the food industry will be showcasing over two massive floors in the areas of food; hospitality and retail technology; catering equipment; coffee, tea and beverages; bakery; dairy; flavours of the world; front of house; marketplace; meat and seafood; packaging; Tastes of Australia; and selected
international representatives.

The event will also include a series of presentations and informative sessions conducted by industry leaders to educate and engage visitors with latest industry news, trends and more.

A wealth of support

Supported by Platinum Sponsor MILKLAB, Fine Food Australia is also supported by the NSW Government and Investment NSW as a strategic partner who are also sponsoring The Source Kitchen. Other major sponsors include Mayers Fine Food for the Mayers Innovation in Patisserie demonstrations, Square Australia for presentation series Talking Tech.

Fine Food Australia 2023 is the only industry expo supported by key Government and association bodies including Austrade, Australian Culinary Federation (ACF), Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body (AFAB), Foodie Coaches, Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia (FSAA) and National Association of Food Equipment Suppliers (NAFES).

An invaluable visitor experience

Event Manager, Andrew Lawson, said, “We are thrilled to be back in Sydney for 2023 hosting the ultimate food trade event, to inspire, educate and unite this incredible industry, which is the backbone of our culture and communities.

“As far as visiting Fine Food Australia goes, this is really an unparalleled vehicle for uniting the industry. The event is an opportunity to reignite business conversations, innovation, and face-to-face connections with quality Australian decision-makers.

“Last year we had a phenomenal visitor turn out in Melbourne – 19,277 total visitors with 584 international visitors. A huge 95 per cent of those visitors were highly satisfied with their visit saying that attending the event was important to their business. Additionally, seven out of 10 visitors said they were likely to purchase a product or service from an exhibitor. This year we are confident that attendance and feedback will be even greater.

“We have long been a proud supporter of the food industry showcasing the latest our partners have to offer, whilst also providing education and insight from industry leaders through activations and presentations.  Whether you have a well-established business or are a start-up, we look forward to bringing the industry together over four fantastic action-packed days.”

Highlights and new additions

Talking Tech

New for 2023, Talking Tech, sponsored by Square Australia will delve deep into the influence, opportunities, and advancements in technology. Key insights will be shared from leading experts to help make life easier for foodservice and hospitality businesses and staff.

Key sessions include:

Using AI to Boost Business Profits – How restaurant management and marketing are being revolutionised by ChatGPT and AI solutions.

Training Tech – Cafe and restaurant owners share how they are using digital solutions for fast, effective onboarding and training.

Take Control of Your Restaurant Numbers – How successful business owners are using the latest digital tools to reduce costs with same-day information and easy-to-understand reports.

The Source Kitchen

Hosted by leading food and beverage consultancy, Straight To The Source, and sponsored by Investment NSW, The Source Kitchen sessions feature insights on Australian produce, ideas and provenance through interviews, ingredient spotlights, and industry workshops with farmers, artisans, innovators, and must-see
food demonstrations.

Key sessions include:

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle – Profiling how leading chefs and forward-thinking venues are waging an innovative war on waste with practical ideas for businesses to implement.

New Frontiers in Flavour, Innovation and Sustainability – The cutting-edge ingredients and products revolutionising innovations in food and drinks. Hear from speakers Lee Towle – Longview Green Garlic, Chris De Bono – Sanyou and Stacey Allen – Claystone Meats

The Sober Revolution – Understanding the Phenomenon of Non-Alcoholic Beverages. Hear from David Murphy – One Penny Red/Lyre’s and Katrina Patton – Pyewacket’s Traditional

Talking Trends

In the post-pandemic world, it’s even more crucial to keep up with industry insights. Returning for 2023, Talking Trends, powered by Food Industry Foresight, features guest speakers sharing a wealth of industry knowledge and conducting important discussions regarding the future of food.

Key sessions include:

What is in store for our industry and what’s changed since the pandemic – Learn about the main trends and developments and what the near future looks like. Hear from Sissel Rosengren – Food Industry Foresight.

The Hottest AI Apps to Transform Your Food Business – Hear from futurist Craig Rispin.

Finding true flavour in product or menu development – Unveiling the secrets to finding compelling flavours in products and hottest menu development for restaurants. Hear from Adam Moore – Culinary Revolutions.

Mayers Innovation in Patisserie

With leading pastry chefs conducting masterclasses on desserts, cakes and more, the Innovation in the Patisserie Stage presented by Vanrooy Machinery in collaboration with Mayers, showcased a wide range of high-end patisserie equipment and features exciting demonstrations from Australia’s best bakers, chocolatiers and pastry chefs.

Chefs appearing include:

Simon Veauvy – AP Bakery

Alejandro Luna – Sonoma Bakery

Lorenzo Librino – Lode Pies

Foodie Coaches Profit Workshops

New to 2023, hospitality and restaurant business consultancy, Foodie Coaches, will host workshops to help unleash business potential by taking profitability to the next level on Wednesday,
13 September.

ACF Culinary Challenge

This electrifying competition attracts chefs, trainees, and apprentices annually from around Australia. Watch foodie masters showcase skills as they compete against the clock – and each other in individual and team categories.

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat

Join Australia’s longest-running culinary competition, dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons.

Innovation Awards 2023

Celebrating excellence in the food industry, the ever-popular annual Innovation Awards will return to Fine Food Australia once more featuring Retail, Bakery, Foodservice Product and Hospitality Equipment categories.

New Product Showcase

See the latest products, equipment and ideas to hit the market within the last 24 months in an interactive showcase on the concourse of the ICC Sydney.

The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition

Now in its 34th year, this industry-endorsed competition provides an opportunity for bakers, pastrycooks, chefs, butchers, apprentices, and more to compete for sought-after titles of Australia’s Official Greatest Meat Pie; Australia’s Official Greatest Gourmet Pie; Australia’s Official Greatest Plain Sausage Roll; and Australia’s Official Greatest Gourmet Sausage Roll.

Bake Skills

Showcasing the talents of our younger generation of bakers and pastry chefs, visit the Bake Skills Australia National Pastry Chef Championships (11 and 12 September) and The Bake Skills Australia National Baking Championships (13 and 14 September). Also see daily demonstrations and taste samplings at their stand.

FSAA Foodservice Today & Tomorrow Conference

Delve into current issues and pressing topics, guided by eminent thought leaders and industry experts – the luminaries scripting the future chapters of the foodservice narrative. Engage in crucial conversations on sustainability, and innovation and listen and connect with former Sunrise host David Koch as he shares his views on the future of the Australian and global economy.

FSAA National Awards of Excellence

Held on 12 September, guests at the awards will have a chance to reconnect with industry leaders and celebrate those who have achieved
professional excellence.

For the last 39 years, Fine Food Australia has continued to be the definitive trade event for the food, beverage and hospitality industries
in Australia.


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