The essential event for the hospitality industry returns to Melbourne, with a stellar line-up of speakers set to take the stage.


Hosted on Monday 31 July at Metropolis Events, the Hospitality Leaders Summit program will cover the all-important issues the sector wants to and needs to talk about including:

  • Staffing solutions and recruitment strategies
  • Social media and marketing tips
  • 2024 food and beverage trends
  • Menu design
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Utilising tech
  • A review of our food system
  • A cocktail masterclass and more.

Staff shortages continue to be a challenge for operators, but what exactly are the businesses going from strength to strength with their teams doing?

Sarah Dougas from Trader House, Nathan Toleman from Mulberry Group, and Lee Smith from Stokehouse will discuss their approaches to recruiting committed staff and holding onto them in the current climate during the panel session.

Sustainability should be front of mind for all hospo personnel, and it’s essential to learn from the best. Byrdi‘s Luke Whearty, Chae‘s Yoora Yoon, Oh.My‘s Blayne Bertoncello, and Alejandro Saravia from Farmer’s Daughters are set to serve up some serious inspiration during the eco-minded panel.

A mapped-out marketing plan is a must for venues to get the word out and keep it out, but it’s not always easy given the fast-paced nature of the industry.

Marketing and social media experts will provide valuable tips for delegates at the summit, with Karla Dawes from KDPO, Wendy Hargreaves from Bread & Butter Media, and Monica Styles from Canned Goods covering everything from branding guidelines and the social media platforms worth spending time on to the importance of creating video content.

The event will also see a live cocktail masterclass hosted for the first time, with Omnia‘s Sara Ramadan demonstrating how delegates can make a spicy Margarita.

Straight to the Source‘s Tawyna Bahr will return to MC the event alongside Nerida Conway, host and director of That Food Show and Wine Show podcast channel on Virgin Australia.

New speakers are still being added to the program, so now is your chance to purchase tickets for the special first-release price of $199 + GST and get together with one of the best industries in the country this July.