Food & Hospitality Africa is attracting interest from food and beverage and hospitality industry exhibitors from all over the world following the show’s successful debut in May 2016.
The inaugural F&HA in 2016, which incorporated IFEA and Hostex featured over 300 exhibitors from 28 countries and 11 official pavilions. ‘The show included a range of additional features, such as seminars, demonstrations and competitions,’ says Nick Sarnadas, event director with show organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. ‘We are pulling out all the stops to make the 2017 exhibition even better.’
F&HA will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 7 to 9 May 2017, and incorporates all aspects of hospitality from sourcing new food and drink products, through to food preparation and serving ware. ‘Exhibiting at Food & Hospitality Africa makes good sense for companies that know their markets,’ Sarnadas adds. The 2017 show will start on a Sunday and run through to Tuesday, to better accommodate visitors from the hospitality and retail industries.
A new section in 2017 is the Drinks Cabinet. This section is being introduced in line with the ever-growing African drinks market and will provide a platform for manufacturers, producers, brewers, distillers, and brand owners to display their goods. Craft beers and ciders, world-class wines and spirits, innovative and delicious new alcoholic products, as well as non-alcoholic drinks, including syrups, energy and health drinks will be on show.
The success of Tea & Coffee Africa in 2016 means it now has its own expanded section, featuring everything related to speciality teas and coffees. This includes the Gauteng regional and national finals of the SA Barista Championships, the Cup Tasters Event, and the Latte Art Championships. The event is presented by the Speciality Coffee Association.
‘F&HA is a response to the evolving food and hospitality landscape in South Africa. We are looking forward to securing more value-add features to make it the leading industry event of the year. Last year, of the hundreds of visitors surveyed, 99 per cent said they would come back in 2017, 98 per cent would recommend the show to their peers and colleagues, and 82 per cent rated the show as important to them and their businesses,’ Sarnadas concludes.