Lauren Eldridge

The Women in Foodservice Charity Event will return to Fine Food Australia in 2017 for its fourth year, this time including the inaugural Women in Foodservice Awards.

Hosted at Cyren in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, this year’s event will take place over a brunch on Wednesday 13 September. A panel of industry icons will share their experiences during a discussion that will cover all aspects of the food industry. Facilitated by food writer and restaurant critic Elizabeth Meryment, the event’s panellists include Christine Manfield, Vivian Zurlo, Lauren Eldridge, and Danielle Alvarez.

The inaugural Women in Foodservice Awards, will celebrate women who through dedication, drive and excellence are doing their bit to shape and grow their business and the industry. The awards will be presented in four categories: leader in a restaurant management role; leader in a front of house role; leader in a back of house role and leading woman in foodservice (restaurateur, business owner, supplier or service to the sector).

All profits will go to two charities: Women in Hospitality, an organisation that supports and fosters career development of women in the hospitality industry, and Outback Spirit Foundation, which has two goals: to help Aboriginal enterprises raise money to grow and market native ‘bush’ foods, and to facilitate agricultural and market links between buyers and sellers with their agricultural output in regional and national markets.

“Fine Food Australia is about learning, discovering, exploring and networking, and the Women in Foodservice Charity Event is all of that, with the impetus to support and encourage a section of the workforce that has previously been largely overlooked. Fine Food has always been about being at the forefront of industry innovation and change, and we’re proud to be leading the discussion on what matters,” said Minnie Constan, Fine Food Australia event director.

Fine Food Australia is the country’s largest food and hospitality event, showcasing everything from specialty and bulk foods, beverages, cooking and hospitality equipment and machinery, to bakery products, coffee and emerging food trends. The event educational classes, demonstrations, and competitions, as well as the opportunity to build relationships, drive business, and be inspired about the industry.


Fine Food Australia Women in Foodservice Charity Event

When:            Wednesday 13 September, 10.30am–12.30pm

Where:           Cyren, Darling Harbour

Tickets:          Available online:


Fine Food Australia

When:                        11–14 September 2017

Hours:                        Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–4pm

Where:                       ICC Exhibition Building, Sydney, Darling Harbour


Fine Food Australia is strictly a trade only event. Children are not permitted.

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