Redeveloped 2018 Drinks Industry Show tailored to industry needs

Extensive pre-show industry research has resulted in a redesigned 2018 Drinks Industry Show that will deliver the sector the innovative, high-level boutique event it’s looking for.

The redeveloped show takes all the very best elements of the trade-only event, and incorporates a host of new features.

Event Director David Paterson, of Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Pty Ltd, said, “In preparation for next year, we undertook extensive industry research.  As a result, we’ve completely reinvented the show – right down to the opening hours attendees prefer: 11am-8pm.

“The show will give on and off-premise buyers of alcohol the ideal platform to meet and engage with suppliers of independent, craft product from Australia and across the globe. What we have planned for 2018 will achieve exactly that.”

Mr Paterson said the redeveloped 2018 show will be a highly useful business event that captures the industry’s energy and forward focus.

The show will also relocate to Dockside in the heart of Sydney’s thriving Darling Harbour entertainment district.”

Mr Paterson said successes from 2017 will be retained and augmented.

“The industry-leading workshops, seminars and taste testings will remain. There was very strong feedback about the quality of the speakers and the seminars, with both exhibitors and visitors valuing these educational components. Our 2018 program will be even stronger, addressing key industry trends and challenges. It’s a unique opportunity for the drinks trade to discuss and have their say in their industry’s future direction.

We’ll build on the networking event and next year run two, a welcome reception and a closing reception. Connected with that, we’re planning a Summer Party to bring the trade together over a glass, and share the exciting changes taking place for this boutique show.”

He said other major changes in 2018 would be a focus on “product first”.

“To match industry desires for this event, we’ve revised the floor plan and stand set-up. Exhibitors will be zoned according to their product type, with section numbers capped to ensure a complete market cross-section for our discerning buyers, and to present them with maximum value. Visitor quality will equally be a focus, with VIP buyers qualified and personally invited in line with their purchasing potential.”

Exhibitor space will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’ve devised a new uniformed stand model, too, where exhibitors are allocated personalised suites of equal size. It’s a stress-free exhibiting option for our suppliers and really does ensure product comes first.

“Exhibitions offer instant engagement with a target audience in a live environment, making them one of the most effective forms of marketing there is. The re-branded, redeveloped 2018 Drinks Industry Show will be the place to discover the latest products and knowledge to help grow Australian drinks-trade businesses across in this exciting, fast-moving industry, from craft breweries, cideries, boutique wineries and spirit distillers.”

The redeveloped Drinks Industry Show will be held from 18-19 June, 2018, in Sydney.



Major food trade show for Port Macquarie

As a major hub for the mid north coast region, Port Macquarie has been selected to host the upcoming Foodservice Industry Association (FIA) Tradeshow.

To be held on Tuesday 18 October at Panthers Port Macquarie, the show is intended to provide regional chefs, caterers and food buyers the chance to meet face-to-face with over 50 of the top food, beverage and equipment manufacturers and suppliers from all over Australia.

The trade only event is expected to bring visitors and exhibitors in their hundreds to Port Macquarie for this one day only event. One of the biggest drawcards for the event is the opportunity for regional chefs and hospitality professionals to meet the same suppliers as their city-based counterparts.

“I suppose one of the best things about the FIA regional tradeshows is the opportunity to come and meet the people behind the ingredients that chefs and hospitality workers use every day,” said FIA Treasurer Brian Elton.

With sampling and product demonstrations, the trade only show is the ideal opportunity to see and try the newest and most interesting foodservice products, plus gain inspiration for menus.  It is also a good chance to explore emerging trends in the food industry, by talking to the manufacturers and makers who supply it.

“Of course, the greatest opportunity for chefs is to get around and get some inspiration for their next menu. You can’t put a price on that,” Elton continued.

Businesses who are exhibiting on the day include manufacturers and distributors of brands such as Lion, Mrs Macs, Primo Smallgoods, Robot Coupe, Bakers Maison, Mission Foods and many more.

A first time for everything at Fine Food Australia

This year’s Fine Food Australia will include enough first time happenings to get even the most seasoned attendee excited. New experience junkies will delight in a host of new products and features at the show, including:

Roasters Lane

Dedicated to tea and coffee, the brand new Roasters Lane will cover all aspects of leaf and bean: from tea master-classes to coffee tastings, and expert seminars discussing trends and industry predictions.

Limited edition products

The Best New Products Awards are always a great place to find out what’s new and hot, but Byron Bay Cookie Company is taking newness one step further. This year they have announced something very special – a cookie that will ONLY be available at the event! Launching specifically for and at Fine Food Australia 2016, the ‘jam doughkie” concept merges two favourite treats – jam donuts and cookies!

World tea championships

With a maximum of just 12 contestants, the soothing reputation of tea may soon be shattered with this fierce competition! Entrants will be judged on brewing expertise, service professionalism, tea knowledge, and quality of tea served.

Footy fever

The heat in Fine Food Australia’s kitchens always makes for great viewing, and this year there will be new twists on two of the most popular contests. The much loved Great Aussie Pie Comp will pay homage to the host city’s obsession with AFL with the addition of the footy pie to their categories. Calls for oval / oblong shaped pies that depict team colours in edible form are now open.

Pizza with the lot

For the first time, the Australian arm of the World Pizza Championships will invite international competitors to travel for a slice of the action. Pizzaiolo from France, Mauritius, New Zealand, and Korea are confirmed to attend.

Illegal substances…

Find a corner of the floor to check out the kuzu (starch) you’ve scored, amongst other things, from Good Grub Hub. Extracted from a plant that is ‘illegal’ in Australia in its raw form, and of historical importance in its homeland, this Japanese starch is in high demand for its thickening properties that also adds a shiny gloss to soups and gravy with no starchy aftertaste.

When: 12 – 15 September

Opening Hours: Mon: 10am-8pm; Tue & Wed: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-4pm

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Registration: before Friday

Queensland to see dedicated food events in 2016

The ongoing strength of Queensland’s food industry has resulted in the announcement of two state specific food events to take place in 2016, both to be staged by Diversified Communications, leaders in food industry events.  

Food Technology Queensland (Foodtech Queensland) and Fine Food Queensland will both bring the best of international and national food trends to the sunshine state, where the food and beverage sectors are one of the largest employers and considered an industry leader. 

Taking place in April, Fine Food Queensland will return to Brisbane with a fresh face – literally. Considered the state’s premier food trade event, the 2016 show will have a core focus on fresh, healthy options for industry professionals, and a strong local feel.

Extensive research into both the event and the market has driven the shift in focus for the show, and promises real business opportunities for Queensland’s foodservice, hospitality and food retail industries. 

A new event for the state’s food manufacturing industry, Foodtech Queensland will launch at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 26 – 28 June, and will focus specifically on the state’s strongest food manufacturing categories.

Serving to connect businesses in these areas with new technology and ideas to help them grow their operations, the event will co-locate with The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)’s 49th Annual Convention, which attracts up to 400 food technologists and other food professionals. 

Covering all facets of the foodservice industry, Diversified Communications’ two Queensland events have been carefully developed to respond to the specific needs of Queensland’s relevant industries. As a result, tailored education sessions will form a key part of the 2016 event schedules, as will the translation of relevant national and international trends to local circumstances.

With combined visitor numbers of over 8,000, Fine Food Queensland and Foodtech Queensland provide the perfect opportunity for those in foodservice and hospitality to learn, network and grow their businesses. 

Fine Food Queensland:
When:                 10 – 12 April 2016; 
Where:             Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
More information:     Sales enquiries: 

Foodtech Queensland:
When:                 26 – 28 June 2016
Where:             Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
More information:     Sales enquiries: