Asia Pac: Events in 2016

Maida Pineda speaks to Toni Clarke FCSI and Clara Pi FCSI from the Asia Pacific Division of FCSI to get the lowdown on the top events to visit in Asia in early 2016

FHA 2016

When: 12-15 April 2016

Where: Singapore Expo

Why attend: The biennial Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) Singapore Show is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of food and hospitality industry professionals in the region. It is the premier event in the APD calendar, showcasing the latest trends across six linked events: FoodAsia; HotelAsia; SpecialtyCoffee2016; TeaBakeryPastry2016; HospitalityStyle2016; and HospitalityTechnology2016. This year, they will unveil ProWine Asia, an international trade fair for wines and spirits. FHA is anchored by an international conference with over 100 industry speakers, including FCSI APD members who share their wealth of knowledge over four days of high-level debate and networking.

What FCSI members can expect: A strong FCSI presence at our Ask the Expert consultation area, our APD Board Meeting, Members’ General Meeting, members’ educational seminar and networking events.


Fine Food Queensland

When: 10-12 April 2016

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center

Why attend: Over 200 of Australia’s best national suppliers will be showcasing the latest products and equipment. The event features local produce, catering, bakery, and hospitality equipment, and packaging solutions. Find inspiration from the Australian Culinary Federation Chefs Competition, cooking and baking demonstrations, new free master classes and business seminars.

What FCSI members can expect: It’s an opportunity for the hospitality industry to experience the latest food trends. Includes an Ask the Expert area and a networking event.


Hotelex Shanghai

When: 29 March-1 April 2016

Where: Shanghai New International
Expo Center

Why attend: Shanghai International Hotel Equipment and Supply Expo (Hotelex Shanghai) is a worldwide professional trade show in the hospitality and catering industry. There are 2,082 domestic and international exhibitors from 130 countries, occupying 2.16 million sq ft exhibition space. This year, World Coffee Events will bring in the World Latte Art; World Cup Taster; World Coffee Roasting; and World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships, with competitors from over 60 countries.

“For consultants doing business in China, this is the event to understand the latest happenings in the international and local food scenes,” says Pi.

Clarke adds: “Hotelex Shanghai is for the rapidly expanding Chinese market. To meet this demand, Hotelex is also expanding to other cities such as Chengdu (August) and Guangzhou (December).”

What FCSI members can expect: FCSI Asia Pacific Division (APD) exhibits a booth with the green theme The 21st Century Kitchen, featuring sustainable equipment and food production, technology demos, and educational seminars showcasing FCSI’s brand and consultant members’ expertise. Since 2014, FCSI APD has worked with the organiser to produce half-day education seminars presented by FCSI consultant members. To celebrate Hotelex Shanghai’s 25th anniversary this year, FCSI APD is planning a whole day education session focusing on the “central food production theme”: technology, applications, food safety controls, plus a feature on past FCSI allied winners in sustainable foodservice and production equipment.

Maida Pineda

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