Newsletter - November 2017

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Foodservice Australia 2017
Foodservice Newsletter - November 2017
Yes, it's peak season for the food industry

Good morning

It is an exciting month for the food industry as we slip into peak season. In Victoria the Spring racing carnival is in full swing and all over Australia the hospitality industry is preparing for the festive season. I hope it is a prosperous and enjoyable Summer for all our readers with perhaps a little time off to enjoy the Christmas spirit.

In busy times it is tempting to focus on the present rather than plan for the future, but if you are a food supplier then now is the time to book your stand for the Sydney and Brisbane expos running next year. Both shows are selling fast and are your best chance to connect with buyers.

You can read more in this month's newsletter. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to drop us a line.

Tim Collett, Event Director





Racing season in Melbourne

While most venues around Australia will be busy celebrating the 'race that stops a nation' tomorrow, the hospitality industry in Melbourne is in the middle of a huge one week carnival.

Horse Racing

Onsite caterers at Flemington including The Big Group, Blakes Feast, Atlantic Group, Ed Dixon Food and Peter Rowland will be turning out amazing dishes for lucky racegoers. However it is the whole city that comes alive with all the parties and inbound tourism.

One of the builders of the Foodservice show, Harry the Hirer, are a key supplier to Flemington. We wish them well with their busiest week of the year. Note our office is open today but closed tomorrow for the cup holiday.

Melbourne Cup Carnival


Sydney show will be biggest yet

Exhibitor space is filling up fast for Foodservice Australia, to be held at the new convention centre at Darling Harbour from 27-29 May 2018.

Food exhibitors range from small producers through to the big names. They include Heinz, Sanitarium, Raw Materials, Frutex, Chobani, Norco, Mission, Tegel and many more. Equipment exhibitors include Stoddart, Dudson, JL Lennard, FSM, Scotts, Comcater, Robot Coupe, Mackies and Unox.

  ICC Sydney

Now is a great time to book your stand and start planning for the new business. Click on the links or call the team on 03 9999 5460.

More on visiting...
More on exhibiting...


Bookings open for new Queensland show

In our last newsletter we announced Food & Hospitality Queensland - running for the first time at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Centre from 5-6 August 2018.

Brochures on exhibiting in this exciting event have just been mailed. If you want to tap into 5 million hungry consumers in Queensland then watch your mailbox for details, or jump the queue by visiting the website and registering your interest today.

Visitor registration is also open. If you work in a cafe, restaurant, resort, supermarket or hotel then jump online and register. There is simply no better way to see and sample all the new trends. It's easy and free.

Beach Cafe

> Download the exhibitor brochure
> Free visitor registration


National Restaurant Awards

The Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards have just been announced in Melbourne. Major winners were Artisan Cafe (Cafe of the Year), Events by Aria (Caterer of the Year) and Tetsuya's (Restaurant of the Year.

Also announced last week were hatted restaurants included in the 2018 Good Food Guide, which is now national. Three hatters were Quay and Sepia in NSW; Attica and Brae in Victoria; and Urbane in Queensland. Click on the link for all the hats.

Restaurant Awards

Restaurant & Catering Award winners...
Good Food Guide hats...
National Restaurant Conference...


Exhibit Tips - understanding power

Power can be a big issue at food shows where ovens, fridges and big screens can suck up a lot of energy. Here are some tips to avoid any power shocks:

  • Power is like water through a pipe - if you order 4 amps then that is all that can squeeze through. If you try to force more then it will probably trip the fuse.
  • Smaller domestic appliance draw 4 amps. Commercial appliances often draw 10amps or more. Check the user guide for info on power information.
  • Order a power point for each appliance, or get one big one and split using a powerboard. Just add up the maximum consumption for all the appliances connected.
  • Some shows like Foodservice Australia include one basic power point with each shell stand but most don't. Check with the organiser.
  • Space only stands do not come with power. You need to order a basic power box and have your stand builder plug into that. You can't just plug into the wall or floor.
  • Three phase power is different to normal power outlets. It is generally available but should be ordered in advance. You can order a power box or hard wire connection

More exhibitor tips...
How to exhibit classes...
Why exhibit...

Hear from leaders and legends at the NRC18

Following the success of the National Restaurant Conference in Melbourne earlier this year planning is now underway for 2018.

This year speakers included Chris Lucas, Bruce Keebaugh, Daniel Vaughn and Gail Donovan. It was supported by Restaurant & Catering Australia and was a sell out success.


Next year the conference will run in Sydney on 28 May. Organisers are calling for your thoughts on potential speakers and topics. Just click on the link to register your interest.

More on the conference
Nominate a topic or speaker

Chobani encourages entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs starting out in the food business have until the end of this month to apply for the inaugural Australian Chobani Food Incubator Program.


This exciting program offers $10,000 toward your project and world class training at Chobani and the Monash Food Innovation Centre. It is open to anyone over 18 who is an executive or founder of an Australian start-up food company.

Chobani Food Incubator...


Win two books about cooks

Two great friends of the Foodservice show have released books just in time for Christmas, and we have signed copies to give away.

Chef Peter Howard's fictional novel The Cooking Game is a raunchy romp through the life of celebrity chef Evan Pettersen. Meanwhile Glenn Austin's A Book about Cook is a memoir of his life behind the stove and the characters he has met along the way.

You can win a signed copy of both books by going on our Facebook page, finding the post about these books and telling us what the title a book about your life would be.

Visit the Facebook Page...
Buy The Cooking Game...
Buy a Book about a Cook...

Peter Howard   Glenn Austin


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Register for 2018

If you want new ideas for your food or hospitality business then you need to visit the shows designed just for your industry. It is quick and free using these links...

Foodservice Australia
Food & Hospitality Queensland


Global Food Events

October saw many Australian suppliers travel to Milan for the Host exhibition. Every second year it showcases the latest catering equipment. This year saw a record 2000 exhibitors and 185,000 visitors.

If you are looking for overseas food events to attend then check out our global calendar.

Chef Globe


Watch for scams

Events are targeted by scammers just like every other industry. If you are exhibiting then make sure you watch out for companies selling 'genuine visitor lists' and 'free catalogue listings'. Both are scams with no connection to the show. If in doubt give us a call.



Industry Grows

The census figures just released show there has been a 40% growth in the number of chefs in Australia, and a 23% growth in the number of bartenders and baristas since 2011.

New boss of RCA Juliana Payne says the sector's employment figures are roughly in line with growth in the hospitality industry over this time.

More on census figures...


New team member

We are delighted to welcome Cassie Whalan, who is joining the food team as the show coordinator.

Cassie's role is to make exhibiting in the Foodservice show easy and rewarding. She will be working closely with account managers Liz and Sarah to make sure every customer receives individual attention from booking until well after the show.



Chef of the Year

Entries are now open for Chef of the Year and Patissier of the Year 2018. If you are good enough to compete against the clock and your peers in Sydney this May then now is the time to get involved.

Chef of the Year...
Patissier of the Year...

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