New food industry event opens this Sunday

Media release: 1 August 2018

New food industry event opens this Sunday

The inaugural Food & Hospitality Queensland opens on Sunday and Monday 5-6 August at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, featuring over 150 exhibitors with the latest food, drink and equipment ideas.

Aimed at chefs, restaurateurs, café managers, hoteliers, supermarkets and tourism operators, the event will showcase a huge range of products and services ­– from gluten free and functional foods, dairy products, baked goods, condiments, coffee and juices; to sustainable packaging, point of sale and reservations technology, crockery and cutlery, furniture, cleaning products, uniforms and financial services.

In addition to all the exhibitors there will be a range of special events including the inaugural Queensland Chef of the Year culinary competition, free menu workshops in the Brisbane Café School and a new Aged Care Catering Summit which will look at catering to our aging population.

State of the art catering equipment will also be a major drawcard. Leading suppliers include Rational, JL Lennard, Stoddart, Unox, Moffat, Skope, Robot Coupe, Winterhalter and Cyberchill. Local dealer Hospitality Superstore will have a substantial presence, with demonstrations and workshops on how to use the latest cooking and chilling equipment.

At the centre of the show, Queensland Chef of the Year will see 28 professional chefs competing over the two days against the clock and each other. In addition to the prestigious title the winner will take home $2500, amazing prizes from gold sponsors Unox and Australian Pork, and a free trip to Melbourne to compete in the Australian titles.

The new Aged Care Catering Summit sponsored by Rational will bring together expert operators and suppliers to discuss how to improve the menu for older consumers. Speakers include Cherie Hugo from The Lantern Project, National Food Service Manager at Aveo John Casey, Lynn James, CEO of the Maggie Beer Foundation, and Anne Schneyder from Nutrition Professionals Australia.

“This is an important conference for all who wish to ensure healthy, nutritional dining options that meet the demands for our fast-growing ageing population,” comments Casey.

Anyone in the daytime dining business will take away plenty of ideas from the Brisbane Café School, with a program of free workshops running all day including Beautiful Breakfast Bowls, Pizza Innovation, Espresso Masterclass and Training & Retaining Staff. The Brisbane Café School is proudly sponsored by Freedom Foods, Norco and Neli Coffee.

Also on the show floor, the Specialty Producers Pavilion will highlight boutique food, drink and ingredient suppliers from all over Australia. Exhibitors include Yojo Frozen Yoghurt, Juzcit juices, Dicky Bill Australia, Sweet Nectar, Tonicka, Wild Beverages, Wombat Food Group and Austral Fisheries.

Event Director Tim Collett says, “if you work in a cafe, restaurant, hotel, supermarket or resort then make sure you put this event in your diary and come along. There is just no better way to meet new suppliers, discover new techniques and improve your business”.

Entry to the show is free but strictly trade only – all visitors must be over 16 and work in a food or hospitality business. For more information go to or call 03 9999 5460.


Media Contact:

Kirsty Hunt

T 03 9999 5460