Café Stage presented by Freedom Foods

Leaders in the café industry will be running interactive masterclasses and discussions to provide you with new ideas and inspiration to take back to your café. The Café Stage will host the World Tea Competition on Monday & Tuesday where you can see teams from around Australia compete for the winning title.

The Café Stage is proudly presented by Freedom Foods. All sessions are free to attend and no bookings are required.

All equipment used is proudly sponsored by Smeg Australia.

Coffee machines used are proudly sponsored by Coffee Machine Technologies Australia.

Monday 10 September

This will be the third year the WTBC (World Tea Brewers Championship) takes center stage at Fine Food Australia, where the best tea-ristas will come together and compete over 2 days to vie for the 2018 Australian WTBC Championship. The winner will also represent Australia at the China WTBC being held at the largest food exhibition in the world ‘SIAL Shanghai’ in May 2019 (flight & accommodation provided).

Tuesday 11 September

This will be the third year the WTBC (World Tea Brewers Championship) takes center stage at Fine Food Australia, where the best tea-ristas will come together and compete over 2 days to vie for the 2018 Australian WTBC Championship. The winner will also represent Australia at the China WTBC being held at the largest food exhibition in the world ‘SIAL Shanghai’ in May 2019 (flight & accommodation provided).

Wednesday 12 September

From alternate specialty milks to all day breakfast, and from sweet treats to gourmet dishes, Freedom Foods Group demonstrates how to cater to the changing needs of an increasingly demanding customer base.

A presentation / discussion between HWKR and Brandworks about how to successfully ‘do things differently’ - what works, what doesn’t work, where your inspiration for HWKR came from and why/how it’s worked so well etc.


A panel discussion between the owners of two of Melbourne's hottest eateries, who not only offer the tastiest menus to dine in, but have also reacted to the growing trend of 'take-out' and keep their offering tasting delicious right to your door. Find out how to cater to both the dine-in and dine-out markets successfully.


Food waste is a growing concern in the foodservice industry with cafes and restaurants throwing away nearly a quater of food bought. Danyang Ying will discuss how CSIRO are optimising the value from edible waste in the vegetable supply chain, by creating healthy food ingredients. Brocolli latte powder is one outcome of the project which will be demonstrated by Sam Keck from Commonfolk Coffee Company.


Learn about the importance of food and nuritition and the effects it has on our bodies. Learn about healthier options and ways to create delicious dishes that accommodate to health-conscious customers.


Thursday 13 September

How one of the city's favourite patisseries makes the perfect croissant - a step by step demonstration and story behind one of the city’s most famous croissants, and how they’ve turned a passion into business and keep on top of new trends to attract more footfall.


A demonstration from one of Melbourne's favourite health food cafes. Learn how to create the tastiest and most Instagrammable lattes. From matcha, to beetroot or broccoli, what’s hot and how do you work new trends into your cafe?


How to minimise waste in the kitchen, and how to repurpose food 'waste' into profitable dishes.


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