What’s cooking at IFEX 2020
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Sean Owens, Caroline McCusker, Anna McKeever and Wojtek Bielanczuk
Caroline McCusker, IFEX Event Manager; Paul Cunningham, Head Chef, Brunel's Restaurant and Soraya Gadelrab, IFEX Event Director.
Patricia Kingston,Tourism NI; Joel Neil, Hospitality Ulster; Sean Owens, IFEX; Glyn Roberts, Retail NI and Caroline McCusker, IFEX
Students from Belfast MET, taking part in IFEX 2020
IFEX, Northern Ireland’s premier foodservice, hospitality, and retail event, returns to the TEC, Belfast from Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th March 2020. With upwards of 7,000 visitors expected to attend, it’s one of the most eagerly anticipated industry events of the year. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, registration for the three-day event is now live and free via www.ifexexhibition.co.uk
For those looking to source the newest food and drink products, catering equipment, technology and services or simply keep their fingers on the pulse on the hottest trends, the event promises to serve up innovative new business ideas and will combine quality produce with world-class features and masterclasses across the three days. Supported by industry stalwarts, Flogas and Stephens Catering Equipment, IFEX has firmly cemented its reputation as a staple industry event providing all the right ingredients to help visitors and exhibitors generate new business for the years ahead.
According to visitors, identifying new products is the number one reason for visiting IFEX and this year, there’s set to be a record-number of new products and services from 200 plus exhibitors. Accounting for over 20% of the exhibitor list, new names are a welcome addition to the show and attending for the first time are Lutosa SA, Karcher Craigmore and Grenke to name but a few.
Returning to the exhibitor list for 2020 includes leading names such as BD Foods, Golden Glen Catering, Henderson Foodservice Ltd, Hugh Jordan, Lynas Foodservice, Matthew Algie, Nestle (Ireland) and North South Retail who will all have an unmissable presence at IFEX.
IFEX Event Manager, Caroline McCusker, explains: “We’ve had a great response to IFEX 2020, with many of Northern Ireland’s biggest names in the foodservice and hospitality sectors already securing their space.
“IFEX has a longstanding reputation for being an excellent show with a vibrant mix of exhibitors, visitors, competitors and features, and the forthcoming event will be no exception. If you’re a stakeholder in the food, drink, retail and hospitality industries, IFEX is a show that’s not to be missed.”
For visitors who are looking for authentic produce, IFEX have once again partnered with The Guild of Fine Food to bring a unique opportunity to see and to taste Ireland’s award-winners all in one place at the Great Taste Market. Central to this year’s show companies such as Glens of Antrim Potatoes, Warbler & Wren, S.D. Bell, Yellow Door Deli, Goodness Grains, Woodlab Distillery and Ballymaloe Foods will be hoping to meet prospective buyers, who can bring their quality produce to a wider audience.
As well as the array of exciting food and speciality products on offer, IFEX has partnered with Hospitality Ulster to launch [email protected] Showcasing the newest drinks and freshest innovations all aimed at revolutionising your offering, [email protected] will feature exciting drinks producers helping visitors uncover the next big thing from new distillers and brewers.
Salon Culinaire – Ireland’s largest and most prestigious chef competition programme – will be at the heart of the show. A packed programme of live competitions across the three days, and home to NI Chef of the Year, means visitors to IFEX will have the unique opportunity to get up and personal with the very best chefs in the country.
Added to this mix a huge number of networking opportunities, a display of award-winning products, and a melting pot of new services and ideas, you have three unmissable days at IFEX 2020. You won’t be short of inspiration!
If you are in the foodservice, catering, retail or hospitality industry then IFEX is THE most important date of the year! Make sure you’re a part of it. Registration is now open, and you can register for FREE at www.ifexexhibition.co.uk