Organisers of the Foodservice Australia trade exhibition scheduled for November in Sydney have announced that the event will be postponed to next year with new dates announced.
Event Director Tim Collett said “support from industry for this event has been overwhelming and we have been working really hard to make it happen, but recent outbreaks and the lack of clarity around border openings has simply made it impossible to commit to this year.”
The show will now run from 27-29 June 2021 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The floorplan and special events such as the National Restaurant Conference, Aged Care Catering Summit, Café School and Chef of the Year will all move to the new dates.
On the change of cities Collett says “we considered staying in Sydney but this is a national show and has always alternated. It was important to allow enough time for the restrictions to pass and for everyone to plan. We looked at all the options but think this is the best outcome for the industry”.
Collett says all existing exhibitors will be rolled over to the new dates and given free promotion between now and the show. This will include a virtual exhibition and a special edition of the show guide to be sent to buyers who registered for the 2020 show – acting as a handy industry directory and a rather unique souvenir of the year without shows.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for the food and hospitality industry, and for the event industry. But I know we will all get through this together. Our team remain intact and very excited about what can be achieved next year in Melbourne. I want to thank the industry from the bottom of my heart for all their support,” he said.
Visitors and competitors will need to register again for the new dates. Exhibitors will all be contacted individually to confirm the new arrangements.