• Cyril McAree

Food & Bev Live 2020 Opens for Business

The Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance, IFSA – Ireland’s only foodservice supplier’s hub is delighted to showcase the very best in its industry at their 2020 event – Food & Bev Live.

TAKING place in Citywest, Dublin from the 4th – 5th February 2020, Food & Bev Live – brought to you by IFSA, the organisation behind the phenomenally successful CATEX show – returns to kick start the 2020 hospitality season.

Attracting thousands of visitors, Food & Bev Live is a two-day extravaganza of foodservice excellence bringing together National skills finals, live demonstrations, new product launches and unique networking opportunities. The show has been building in stature over the past few years and now offers visitors innovative ideas, new products, technology and the business advice they need to grow their business in the years ahead.

Pic Shows: New for 2020 - the Tea Masters Cup comes to Ireland for the first time

Celebrating Ireland’s dynamic foodservice industry, and an increasingly competitive market, Food & Bev Live 2020 will continue the event’s rich history of celebrating excellence within the industry and will play host to world-class competitions including the National Barista Championships, the ‘hotly’ contended Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions and the Bartenders Association’s Irish Cocktail Championships.

Pic Shows: Oisin Kelly, who was crowned National Cocktail Champion 2019 at CATEX 2019

Speaking about the importance of providing a two day show that delivers for both exhibitors and visitors, Patrick Clement, IFSA Chairman comments:

“Food & Bev Live 2020 promises to serve up two days packed full of ideas, innovation and solutions for your business. From inspiring competitions to expert masterclasses, and an abundance of ideas, Food & Bev Live is simply the number one event for industry professionals in foodservice, hospitality and within the food and drink sectors in Ireland.

“Attending the show is free, so for people from across Ireland who work in foodservice and hospitality, it’s this year’s ‘must-attend’ event.”

Pic Shows: Patrick Clement, Chairman of IFSA, Stefano Fabbri, API Instructor and Margaret Andreucetti, Food & Bev Live Sales Manager

An industry Event for the Industry – what’s on at Food & Bev Live…

Championing best practice within the industry, sustainability will play a central role at the show. In a first, the show has launched the inaugural Irish Foodservice Supplier Awards – the IFSA’s – designed to acknowledge product and service innovation within the foodservice industry. The theme for 2020 will be Innovation for a sustainable future and the awards have been created to shine a light on suppliers who are at the forefront of industry’s response to the environmental crisis.

Serving Up The Best Talent

Food & Bev Live 2020 will continue the event’s history of celebrating excellence within the industry. Home to world-class competitions, visitors to the show will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the very best in the Country.

Over the two days of the show, Food & Bev Live will be hosting the National Coffee Championships, organised by the Irish Chapter of Specialty Coffee Association (SCA Ireland) baristas will compete to be named champion and have the chance to represent Ireland at the World Barista Championships.

The Bartenders Association’s Irish Cocktail Championships will see Ireland’s leading mixologists putting their skills to the test during the high-octane cocktail challenges. The biggest competition on the calendar, with interest from bars and restaurants all over Ireland, the winner will get the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships later in the year.

Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions 2020. With over 1000 chefs descending on Food & Bev Live to take part in Chef Ireland’s national culinary competitions – the Panel of Chefs of Ireland - organised competitions, will welcome competitors to a host of category competitions. In a FIRST, this year the cooking competitions are going green and the theme will be sustainability with an awareness of ingredients and the origin of foods.

NEW for 2020, Food & Bev Live will host Ireland’s first National Pizza Championships, in association with the Associazione Pizzerie Italiane (API) and will see chefs from across Ireland battle it out to be crowned National Pizza Champion. Also new for the February show, Food & Bev Live have partnered with The European Tea Society, bringing the first-ever national qualifying round of the Tea Masters Cup to Ireland. The competitions will take place in the European Tea Pavilion, a fresh addition to the two-day expo.

Chef Network Hub

The Chef Network Hub at Food & Bev Live is set to bring chefs together to connect, communicate and collaborate. With a dedicated social and hospitality space where chefs can meet, exchange ideas and discuss topics and issues of interest this is THE place to be if you are a chef looking to expand your knowledge and get involved in hot topic discussions.

The No.1 Reason for Visiting Food & Bev Live

According to our visitors, new products are the number one reason for visiting Food & Bev Live and in 2020, there’s set to be a record-number of new products and services. As a visitor, you will meet a huge number of exhibitors at this year’s show including big brand names - such as Bewleys, Bunzl McLaughlin, Calor, Caterline and Nisbets - who will sit alongside successful local companies including Genovese Foods to name but a few.

Many new names are joining the two-day show, including 2GoCup. Founder and CEO, Kevin Murphy comments: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at Food & Bev Live to showcase our sustainable deposit and return cup scheme - The first of its kind in Ireland. We are focused on building direct relationships with foodservice and hospitality operators across Ireland, so exhibiting at Food & Bev, is the perfect platform for us. It is also a great opportunity to experience what is upcoming and exciting in the hospitality industry. We’re looking forward to an exciting and successful few days in February.”

Bursting with industry-specific attractions, that serve up inspirational solutions for Ireland’s foodservice and hospitality sectors, Food & Bev Live is a unique opportunity for exhibitors and visitors alike to attract business from leading industry associations across the sector.

Taking place on the 4th and 5th February 2020 at the Citywest Events Centre, Dublin, Food & Bev Live is the hospitality event of 2020 not to be missed!

Registration is Free and now open via www.foodandbev.ie

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