FSA19 - new venue

Media release: 22 October 2018

Foodservice Australia enters exciting new era

The country’s fastest-growing food trade exhibition, Foodservice Australia, is moving to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre next year to meet demand from exhibitors and visitors.

Event Director Tim Collett says, “We loved the historic Melbourne Exhibition Building in Carlton and have held very successful events there since 2013. However we have literally outgrown the space available and it is now time to move to a venue that will allow for more exhibitors, more visitors and more spectacular events”.

“Once again we will be holding the National Restaurant Conference and the Aged Care Catering Summit,” he reveals. “In addition the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) will have an expanded presence with its national competition, and our ever-popular Café School returns with the latest trends in the casual dining space.”

Collett adds “although the show is growing, we have not lost that personal touch and high service levels that our exhibitors have come to expect”.

Running from 23-25 June 2019, the trade-only show will attract over 10,000 industry professionals to see more than 400 exhibitors across the show floor, presenting food and beverage products, kitchen equipment, hospitality technology, entertainment, furniture and fittings, and much more.

Exhibitors have noted the growth and evolution of Foodservice Australia in recent years, with many commenting on the quality leads generated from the event.

“We couldn’t be happier,” says Craig Mitchell from tableware specialists Dudson. “This is a great way to network and get a good understanding of the market. Live events like this are so important for us, you need to touch and feel and get your hands on our product – it’s all about connection.”

David Meyer from Nextbrew was a first-time exhibitor in 2018 and says the response was phenomenal. “This is a great way to get in front of people and see their reaction to our product. The thing I like is that there are so many visitors from all sectors of the industry and it has really opened up new markets for us.”

Tim Collett says this exhibitor confidence means stand bookings are running well ahead of schedule. “We have stands ranging from 4m2-90m2 that are well priced and include lots of extras to make exhibiting easier.”

For visitors, the show will deliver a range of exciting features covering every aspect of the industry with two compelling conferences, elite competitions, practical workshops and inspiring demonstrations.

They include:

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

Aged Care Catering Summit – the latest trends and innovations in hospitality for seniors.

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

Restaurant of the Year – 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.

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

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

Entry to the show is restricted to people who work in the food or hospitality industry, and it is free to register online before the event. For more information on visiting or exhibiting, go to www.foodserviceaustralia.com.a... or call 03 9999 5460.

Foodservice Australia 2019

23-25 June 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre



< Black Star Pastry’s Christopher Thé was just one on of the renowned chefs inspiring visitors at this year’s Foodservice Australia.

Media Contact:

Kirsty Hunt

T 03 9999 5460

E kirsty@specialisedevents.com.au