Even More on the Plate

Aug 18, 2016

Written by Open House Magazine

Fine Food Australia is appropriately returning to the nation’s food capital Melbourne for its biggest show yet.

Taking over the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from September 12-15, Fine Food Australia 2016 will have the biggest show footprint to date in the event’s history, with a host of new exhibitors and features to whet the appetite of visitors and exhibitors alike. More than 40 countries will be represented on the show floor by over 1000 exhibitors with thousands of visitors expected to attend.

Roaster’s Lane

Coffee and tea lovers will be heading to the new Roaster’s Lane which will cover all aspects of leaf and bean from tea master-classes to coffee tastings, and expert seminars discussing trends and industry predictions.

Bulla Pastry Stage

Sweet tooths can head to the Bulla Pastry Stage to see a host of acclaimed pastry chefs offering a series of presentations. Covering consumer eating trends that are impacting the whole industry and likely to resonate with most in foodservice, Liz Bawden from Bakes Eleven is just one of the chefs who will present sessions ranging from naked cakes, catering for gluten free and vegan consumers, and even harnessing the growing matcha trend. Deniz Karaca (Epicure & Cuvee Chocolate), Darren Purchese (owner Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio), Christy Tania, newly appointed
head pastry chef of the Langham Hotel Melbourne and baking expert Brett Noy will all be on hand to deliver valuable insight into the world of pastry.

MYOB Talking Food Stage

The line-up of experts and sessions for the MYOB Talking Food stage already includes Bruce Keebaugh, owner of The Big Group, talking all things catering; Sharon Flynn, owner of The Fermentary, talking about fermentation and food as medicine; Laura Neville, owner The Wandering Chef, and Saxon Joye from Longfresh talking about high pressure processing; and Ken Burgin, CEO Profitable Hospitality, talking about how to attract and retain the right staff.

Ask the Experts Advisory Centre

The Ask the Experts Advisory Centre will also provide visitors with the opportunity to meet one on one with experts across different areas of the foodservice industry for a free consultation.

Live Competitions

Things are also set to heat up with a raft of competitions celebrating excellence in the industry. From the Great Official Aussie Pie Competition and the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award National Final, through to the heat of the Bake Skills live challenge, the best of the industry will come together to battle it out for the industry’s most coveted titles once again.

A favourite of the show floor, the Australian Culinary Challenge returns this year with chefs, trainees and apprentices pitting their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of up to $20,000 in cash and prizes. This year the competition program will include the Fonterra Foodservice Battle of the Pacific, ACF Most Outstanding Chef 2016, a Yum Cha Challenge, extensive centrepiece and static displays, Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat, AusTAFE state finals and the Pastry Cup.

In the Fonterra Battle of the Pacific, 12 Regional and State teams will cook off against the clock to prepare a two course meal for 36 covers in total, while the winning teams from the regional heats will battle it out in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award National Final to see which two young chefs scoop the trophy.

Women in Foodservice Charity Event

The annual Women in Foodservice Charity Event will take place on Wednesday September 14, marking the third year of what has become a must-attend breakout event and networking opportunity.

With its biggest offering ever, Fine Food Australia 2016 is a non-negotiable date on the calendar for anyone in the foodservice industry. Register online for free entry before Friday 9 September and save the $30 door charge!

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