2021 Event Updates
Fine Food Australia officially postponed to 2022?
In response to the ongoing uncertainty in New South Wales and across Australia regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Fine Food Australia to the new dates of 8 – 11 March 2022 at the ICC Sydney. While the Melbourne event will also run 5-8 September 2022, MCEC as planned.
I am a 2021 Exhibitor and/or Sponsor - what is the next step for me?
We understand the impact the pandemic is having on the industry and businesses within it, and so our aim is to support you by continually offering the most flexible and accommodating terms of any event in the food industry. So that you have the confidence to continue to do business when the time is right for you, we offer a number of options:
- Transfer to same state next year – transferring your stand booking to Fine Food Australia 8 – 11 March 2022, ICC Sydney
- Moving your stand booking to Fine Food Australia 5 – 8 September 2022, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at no extra cost/rate increase
- Providing bespoke solutions tailored to your needs
- Withdraw / refund
Please note – for all exhibitors who have secured a business funding grant, we have been informed that funding can stay with a Grantee for rescheduled events as a result of COVID-19 up until 31 December 2022. We have reached out to the Business Events Grants team for more clarification and will provide more information on this as it comes to hand.
We remain focused on working with you through these challenges, please bear with us as we work though contacting you all individually – your Client Manager will be in touch with you as soon as possible. However, should you like to speak to a member of the team urgently about your specific options, please contact Jacqui, Holly or Jerrie directly. We ask for your patience, as we anticipate a high volume of calls over the next few days:
Jacqui: +61 3 9261 4533
Jerrie: +61 3 9262 4695
Holly: +61 3 9261 4512
Thank you for your kind patience and understanding as we navigate these extraordinary times.
I already registered to attend Fine Food 2021 as a visitor - what happens to my registration?
We are pleased to let you know that you don’t have to do anything, we’ll transfer your registration to the new Fine Food dates automatically, however if you can’t make the new dates, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Fine Food Australia?
Fine Food Australia is the country’s largest trade exhibition for the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries. The event presents new and innovative products from around Australia and internationally, as well as live demonstrations, masterclasses and industry recognised competitions.
The show runs every year and alternates between Sydney and Melbourne.
What is Hospitality Unites?
HU is a 2-part event dedicated to uniting and supporting the foodservice industry. Delivering connections, conversations and useful strategies for whatever stage of recovery a business may be in.
Hospitality Unites is dedicated to hosting the foodservice community in person in Melbourne and online nationally.
Hospitality Unites is a content led initiative for everything foodservice – sharing stories from around Australia and providing solutions the industry needs to operate.
To learn more about Hospitality Unites, visit the website here.
When and where is Fine Food Australia?
The 2021 edition of Fine Food Australia has been postponed to 8-11 March 2022 at the ICC Sydney.
There will also be a Melbourne event, running 8-12 September 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
How is Fine Food preparing to be a COVID safe event?
The Fine Food Australia team is dedicated to ensuring all attendees can conduct business in a COVIDSafe environment as we prepare for the event.
See the ways we are preparing to be a COVID safe event here.
Who can attend?
Fine Food Australia is a trade only event for professionals working in the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries. As this is a business event for those people working in the industry, we ask visitors not to bring anyone under the age of 15 to the show. This is for their own safety as there is cooking equipment in operation on the show floor that could potentially pose a hazard to children. Proof of age and industry involvement may be requested at the door.
How can I attend Fine Food Australia? Is it free?
The easiest way to attend Fine Food Australia is to register online – by registering online you will be able to fast track your entry and save the $35 door charge.
Online registration for the event is free.
Once you register online, you will be sent an email confirmation with a barcode which you can use to print your entry badge onsite. Each visitor is required to complete an individual registration, in order to generate a personalised entry badge. Your badge will give you entry to Fine Food Australia on any of the days during show time.
Visitor registration for the 8-11 March 2022 event is open, register now to attend.
Can I register my colleagues too?
Yes, there is the option to register up to 5 additional colleagues during the registration process. Each visitor will receive a unique email confirmation to the email address provided.
Can international visitors attend Fine Food Australia?
We are monitoring the status of the Australian international border closely in regards to international visitors attending this year. As it stands, the border remains closed. Should this change prior to March 2022, we look forward to welcoming international visitors.
We recommend you also monitor the Australian border regulations to inform your business travel this year.
All international visitors need to apply for a business visa. The passport which you hold will determine whether you can apply online, or if you need to lodge a paper-based application. Before lodging any application please take note of any travel restrictions that may apply.
Applications need to be made well in advance at the Australian Embassy in your country or in some cases can be made online. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Please note that the organisers DO NOT provide visa invitation letters to international visitors.
What do I do if someone tries to sell me the Fine Food Australia databases and visitor lists?
This is a scam and you should ignore them. Fine Food Australia operates under strict data privacy laws, and we do not share our visitor or any other internal data with unauthorised third parties.
Any communication you may receive offering you to rent/buy or download our visitor or exhibitor contacts is a scam and should be deleted. We are currently exploring legal avenues to shut down these practices.
Can you tell me who is exhibiting?
The exhibitor directory will be available in 2022.
Can students attend?
Students enrolled at a tertiary level or registered apprentices may attend the show if they have the appropriate student identity card. All students will need to register online. Primary and Secondary school students will not be admitted, regardless of any courses they are studying.
Students must be mindful that Fine Food Australia is a business event. Exhibitors are present to engage in business conversations. Please be considerate of their time and of any promotional material available.
Can I bring my children with me?
As this is a business event for those people working in the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries and contractors servicing these industries, we ask visitors to not bring anyone under the age of 15 to the show. This is for their own safety as there is cooking equipment in operation on the show floor that could potentially pose a hazard to children. Proof of age or industry involvement may be requested at the door.
Tertiary students with valid student ID will be admitted. Due to OH&S, prams, strollers and trolleys (ie shopping trolleys) are strictly not permitted at the event. Under no circumstances are any children permitted into the exhibition halls during the setting up and disassembling of the show.
Will I need to bring identification with me?
Yes. Proof of industry involvement may be requested at the registration counters or at the entrance, and can include:
A business card in your name; or
Employee verification on company letterhead; or
Evidence of membership of a relevant professional or industry association.