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The Inspired by Australian Pork program is thrilled to be partnering with Foodservice Australia for the  upcoming National Restaurant Conference. The conference will be held on 24 June 2019 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.  

You’re invited to join expert speakers as they discuss a range of topics including the science of creating an amazing customer experience, industry trends, restaurant profitability and clean eating / sustainability.  

The conference will provide the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts on how to improve your business. It is a full day of ideas, inspiration and practical advice.

See what’s hot at Foodservice Australia 2019

The latest in food, drinks, catering equipment and hospitality supplies will be on show this June at a new-look Foodservice Australia, to be held for the first time at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
With more exhibitors and events than ever before, this industry focused show runs from 23-25 June 2019 and will attract around 10,000 industry professionals looking for inspiration, new products and new contacts.  
Event Director Tim Collett says “Melbourne is known the world over for its exceptional cafés, restaurants and bars, so we are looking forward to bringing the latest trends and products to this sophisticated market”.
Highlights of Foodservice Australia include the professional culinary competition Chef of the Year, the hands-on Café School and two huge conferences – the National Restaurant Conference and the Aged Care Catering Summit.
This year the show is hosting ‘The Sweet Spot’ which is a brand-new feature that focuses on trends in bakery and desserts. Hosted by Nerida Conway there will be free hourly workshops showcasing chocolate, gelato and patisserie.
Also new to Melbourne is the ACF Battle of the Pacific. Eight teams from around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific will pit their skills against each other and the clock to prepare a two-course menu in 40-seat pop-up restaurants built right on the show floor.
But the main game is always on the show floor where visitors can see the latest products and talk to the experts behind the brands. This year there will be over 400 exhibitors from tiny producers through to the biggest names in the industry.

Well known exhibitors in the food game include Mission, Freedom Foods, Lavazza, Parmalat, McCains, Edlyn, Birch & Waite, Everest, Nespresso, Riviana and PFD. On the equipment side exhibitors will include industry leaders Stoddart, Unox, Simco, Williams Refrigeration, Phoeniks, JL Lennard, Rational, FSM, Majors, Federal Equipment and JMH Furniture.
Collett says it is not just about the big names. He says “we work hard to help regional and specialty producers get involved. This is often where the new innovations can be found. We make it affordable and easy for them, and this year we have more stands in the Specialty Producers Pavilion than ever before”.
He recommends that visitors plan their time at the show to meet exhibitors, watch the competitions, network with colleagues and attend the workshops. He says “because this show is designed for the foodservice industry visitors can use their time effectively. Every exhibitor is relevant and ready to do business”.
Events at the show include:


Aged Care Catering Summit – the latest trends and innovations in hospitality for seniors.
National Restaurant Conference – featuring leaders and legends of the hospitality industry.
Chef of the Year – professional chefs compete live in heats against the clock and each other for cash and prizes.
Battle of the Pacific – held by the Australian Culinary Federation, with restaurant 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.
The Sweet Spot – a new stage with expert presenters showcasing all things sweet; chocolate, gelato and patisserie.
Specialty Producers Pavilion – boutique and artisanal food and drinks from around Australia.

Entry to the show is free but strictly trade-only. Visitors must be over 16 and work in a food or hospitality business. For information on visiting or exhibiting go to or call 03 9999 5460.
Foodservice Australia 2019
23-25 June 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Media Contact:
Kirsty Hunt
T 03 9999 5460 

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  • 2-3rd| Fantastic Food + Drink Sydney 
  • 7th   | World Doughnut Day
  • 8th   | Smoke in Broke 2019 NSW
  • 10th | Queen's Birthday 
  • 15th | Sausage making class with Romeo's Fine Foods
  • 17th | ACF networking dinner at INDU dining 
  • 18th | HTN & ACF Apprentice Chef Competition- Hamilton
  • 18th | DIY Dumpling workshop with Vanessa Miles
  • 20th | QSR Media Sandhurst Fine Foods Conference 
  • 21st - 23rd | The Sydney Good Food & Wine Show
  • 23rd - 25th| Foodservice Australia 2019 - Melbourne 
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