Fine Food Australia is the go-to event for anyone working in the foodservice, retail and bakery industries. This year, the event runs from 9-13 September at the ICC Darling Harbour Sydney and will celebrate the incredibly diverse and dynamic food industry.

Fine Food has been the business behind food for 35 years – welcoming restaurants, cafés, pubs, delis, retail, bakeries, quick-service restaurants and every venue in between to find the next idea to take their artistry and business to the next level.

With over 1,000 exhibitors and thousands more brands, this event was created to show the NEW in the industry, and you won’t leave short of ideas! Whether you’re feeding the critics or the crowds, taste your way through the best on offer for your menu and discover the latest ingredients, techniques and equipment to market.

The event covers every facet of the industry, including the latest in food and specialty tastes, healthy living, bakery equipment and ingredients, packaging, catering and hospitality equipment, international food, drinks and retail technology.

So, what’s in store for this year? With 8 stages, 50+ free live cooking demonstrations, 40+ free masterclasses and introducing new events such as our Aged Care Conference, there is plenty to experience. We asked Fine Food Australia Event Director and food industry veteran, Minnie Constan, what are the highlights of the program.

“Being the largest food trade event in the Southern Hemisphere keeps this event constantly reinventing to bring visitors what they need stay competitive and grow their business,” said Minnie.

“We strive to make every year better, keep ahead of trends and cover every aspect of the food industry, which is why over 23,000 industry professionals flock to the event from all over Australia and around the world,” she said.

Minnie’s list of must-see new features of this year’s show are:

FCSI Innovation Kitchens supported by NSW Government

Food ingredients are cooked in 2 immersive kitchens showing the best way to use ingredients within different business constraints. An opportunity to discuss your individual needs directly with producers.

MONIN Coffee Chain Challenge

How do high level chain cafes create that perfect coffee? You can learn all the tips and tricks from industry experts. If your cafe needs to pump out coffee fast, watching this exciting competition will give you the edge.

Talking Trends presented by NCR Silver

Powered by Food Industry Foresight, this is your one stop shop for all national and international trends affecting the food industry. A must-attend for anyone who regularly reinvigorates their business for the future.

Aged Care Conference – Dining with Dignity: Advances in Texture Modified Foods

Essential for those operating within the Aged Care market, this half day practical workshop covers the latest laws on the essentials of International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) and advances in texture modified foods.

Talking Shop presented by Freedom Foods

Industry icons tackle the real issues – what trends are here to stay, how can your business adapt and how are others successfully operating? This free event will arm you with new ideas for your business.

There are also Show favourites visitors look forward to every year including:

ACF Australian Culinary Challenge

This exciting competition attracts chefs, trainees and apprentices from around Australia. Watch as they showcase their skills and compete against the clock – and each other.

Bake Skills, Patisserie Stage and Live Bakery

All your baking inspiration is covered with three incredible show highlights. The Bake Skills Australia National Pastry Chef & Baking Championships s will both be held this year at Fine Food Australia. The Innovations in Patisserie Stage presented by Callebaut with equipment by Van Rooy will feature leading pastry chefs conducting masterclasses on all angles of patisserie and bakery, and the EOI bakery team will showcase new recipes and demonstrations and offer expert advice to bakers.

Meet the Buyer: Woolworths

A rare opportunity to secure one-to-one meetings with Woolworths Brand Managers and Product Developers, and gain insights into consumer research, operations, marketing and the global trends and opportunities that will help your business grow.

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award National Final

Ten winning teams have secured their spots to compete in Australia’s longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs. This competition consistently attracts the best and brightest young chefs in the industry.

The Official Great Aussie Pie & Sausage Roll Competition

A Fine Food Australia classic event – this competition crowns the nation’s best Plain Meat Pie, Gourmet Pie, Seafood Pie, Gluten Free Pie, Apple Pie, Brekkie Pie and both Plain and Gourmet Sausage Rolls. A homage to this great Aussie icon.

Women in Foodservice Charity Event

Facilitated by Jill Dupleix, the impressive line-up of speakers includes Kylie Javier Ashton, Kate Gibbs, Jacqui Challinor and Janelle Bloom. Taking place on Tuesday 10 September, this year’s gourmet brunch will raise funds for Eat Up Australia.

With unlimited potential for your career or adventures in the food industry, Fine Food Australia is the trade event to take your business to the next level.


When: 10 – 13 September 2018

Where: ICC Sydney Darling Harbour

Registration: Free registration at $35 door fee on the day.

Fine Food Australia is strictly a trade-only event.