Foodservice Australia brings hospitality industry together under one roof

The nation’s hospitality operators and suppliers will congregate next year at the new convention centre in Sydney for Foodservice Australia 2018.

Running from 27-29 May 2018 this dynamic industry show will host over 8000 restaurateurs, caterers, chefs, café operators, distributors, hoteliers, bakers and patissiers. They will be coming to see, smell, taste and buy the latest gear for their kitchens and restaurants.

Foodservice Australia is the fastest growing food exhibition in Australia. Each year has seen new features introduced such as the National Restaurant Conference, the Savour Patissier of the Year and the Bocuse d’Or. Next year will see the launch of an international chef team competition called The Battle of the Pacific.

Event Director Tim Collett says the show is moving to a new level next year, with the move to the new convention centre at Darling Harbour. He says “this stunning new building is located right in the centre of Sydney and gives us room for more exhibitors and special events. It will be much more accessible for industry visitors and we expect a jump in attendance”.

Collett says they are listening to feedback on the new building and have kept the show on one big level so visitors can see everything for their hospitality business in just a few hours. He says “the focus is on providing solutions to everyday issues as well as inspiration and new connections. By keeping the show focused there will be time for those one-on-one interactions that are the heart and soul of our industry.”

In today’s busy work environment attending a trade exhibition can be the most time and cost-efficient way to source new products, liaise with suppliers and network with peers.

“You could spend hours researching new food products and equipment suppliers on the internet, and send dozens of emails that may be ignored. Or you can spend a few hours walking around a show - literally tasting the new trends, comparing the options and talking to the people behind the brands.”

In addition to all the exhibitors there are a number of workshops and competitions running at Foodservice Australia. Some of these like Café School are free to attend and all the competitions are free to watch. Others like the National Restaurant Conference need to be booked in advance.

“We’re all busy and it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the day-to-day, and not spend time working on your business or company’s long-term success. Coming to a show not only introduces you to the latest trends and products to improve efficiency, it also invigorates you on a personal level, and opens your eyes to how exciting and diverse our industry really is.”

Visitor registrations have opened online and are free online before the show or $20 at the door. But remember this is a business event and entry is restricted to people over 16 who work in the food or hospitality industry.

For more information on visiting or exhibiting simply visit the website at or call 03 9999 5460.

Foodservice Australia 2018 ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

Sunday 27 May 10am-5pm Monday 28 May 10am-5pm Tuesday 29 May 10am-5pm

Events on the show floor:

National Restaurant Conference – featuring leaders and legends of the hospitality industry.

Savour Patissier of the Year – organised by Kirsten Tibballs from Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School, with renowned national and international judges.

Chef of the Year – professional chefs compete live in heats against the clock and each other for cash prizes.

Restaurant of the Year - The Battle of the Pacific – held by the Australian Culinary Federation, with teams competing live on the show floor.

Café School – free workshops throughout the show to help café owners take their business to the next level.

Pizza Championships – pizza chefs toss up a masterpiece for great prizes.

Regional Producers Pavilion – boutique and artisanal food and drinks from around Australia.