Here is our guide to major industry events taking place around the world in 2020
When: 15-19 February
Where: Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Why: Bigger than ever, INTERGASTRA will host around 1,400 exhibitors across the 10 halls of Messe Stuttgart, displaying the latest industry trends and welcoming 100,000 trade visitors. It will run alongside the IKA/Culinary Olympics, where chefs from over 70 countries compete.
HRC/THE PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN SHOW
When: 3-5 March
Where: ExCel, London, UK
Why: One event, four shows, HRC brings together suppliers from across the hotel, catering and restaurant sectors. The Professional Kitchen Show covers everything from heavy and lightweight equipment to spares, dealers and designers.
When: 13-17 March
Where: Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany
Why: INTERNORGA will host around 1,300 exhibitors across its 1,000 sq m of exhibition space, offering a dedicated platform to reach 95,000 visitors. The international trade fair for hotels, restaurants, caterers and bakeries provides the opportunity to develop new business partnerships and share learnings for the year ahead.
HOTELEX SHANGHAI 2020
When: 29 March – 1 April
Where: Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai, China
Why: With more than 2,500 exhibitors and 159,000 visitors across 230,000 sq m of exhibiting space, Hotelex Shanghai is split into nine categories and special events will showcase the industry’s top talent.
When: 6-8 April
Where: Dubai World Trade Center
Why: GulfHost is back with more than 2,500 brands presenting 8,000 products across six core sectors within hospitality equipment. Drawing 25,000 buyers, the GulfHost Meetings programme facilitates connections with appropriate suppliers, to help identify key partnership opportunities in advance of the show.
When: 3-6 March
Where: Singapore Expo, Singapore
Why: Asia’s most comprehensive international trade show for the foodservice industry, FHA HoReCa covers five key segments, including foodservice and hospitality equipment. 2,000 exhibitors will showcase their products to 48,000 attendees. FCSI Asia Pacific Division will have a booth at the show and will be hosting a programme of events.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOW
When: 16-19 May
Where: McCormick Place Convention Centre, Chicago, US
Why: The National Restaurant Association Show explores the latest happenings in the industry. With numerous workshops and an expanded show floor, visitors can meet 1,400 exhibitors.
When: 3-4 June
Where: ExCel, London, UK
Why: The Commercial Kitchen Show promises visitors the chance to see all the best kitchen equipment, services and accessories from the biggest industry names all under one roof.
FISPAL FOOD SERVICE
When: 16-18 June
Where: Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil
Why: Fispal Food Service will feature 1,500 exhibitors of world-class equipment and services for the professional kitchen. More than 55,000 visitors will discover the latest developments and trends in the sector.
FINE FOOD AUSTRALIA
When: 7-10 September
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Why: More than 1,000 exhibitors will gather at Fine Food Australia from across the foodservice, retail and hospitality sectors. Last year’s event welcomed 23,762 trade buyers.
ESPACIO FOOD & SERVICE
When: 29 Sep – 01 Oct
Where: Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile
Why: Espacio Food & Service expects to host 1,000 exhibitors, including suppliers of raw materials, products and services and manufacturers of equipment, kitchenware, furniture and design.
SELECTED FCSI DIVISIONAL EVENTS
FCSI The Americas Division Conference (Camp FCSI)
When: 30 April – 2 May
Where: Austin, Texas, US
FCSI EAME Division Conference
When: October (date still TBC)
Where: Strasbourg, France