The one-day biennial Food and Bev Live 2014 event is aimed at stimulating the Foodservice and Hospitality industry – no other national event dedicated to this purpose also stages a range of foodservice skills competitions, claims the organiser.
This year’s event sees the introduction of a number of new features.
Pouring the spotlight on the cream of Irish talent in the industry, a series of national skills competitions challenge individuals to scoop national titles at the show such as Irish Barista Champion and National Cocktail Champion, with the winners going on to compete further, representing their country for international titles.
Open to all bartenders working in Ireland, the National Cocktail competition is staged by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and is sponsored by Edward Dillon & Company. The winner will be crowned National Cocktail Champion 2014 and will represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Competition in Capetown, South Africa, running from 29th Sept to 4th Oct 2014. This competition will run on the National Cocktail Championships Stage from 11.30am-5pm.
The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe hosts the finals of the Irish Barista Championship with the winner going on to compete in the World Barista Championships taking place at the SCAE World of Coffee in Rimini, Italy in June 2014. These competitions run on the Irish Barista Championships Stage.
For chefs, Sodexo Ireland stages the very first ‘Sodexo Challenge @ F&B Live’. One of Ireland’s best-known chefs, Derry Clarke, has been commissioned to set a culinary challenge for selected members of the company’s 500-strong chef team called the Sodexo Chefs Challenge. The Challenge will run from 10.30am-2pm on the Sodexo Chefs Challenge Stage.
“Food & Bev Live is intended to be a go-to event for everyone in the industry for every need they have,” commented IFSA Chief Executive Sean Martin, “With all the new and existing features at the show for 2014 meeting the needs from education and advice to demonstrations and the showcasing of innovative products, I think we’ve prepared a must-see show for anyone looking to improve their businesses and/or careers.”
Amongst those exhibiting at the show:
3M Purifcation, Absolutely Fabulous Foods,ARC International, Artis, Asber Professional, Avonmore, Ballymaloe, Bewley’s Coffee Ltd, Bord Gáis Networks, Brady Catering Equipment, Bunzl Irish Merchants, Bunzl McLaughlin, Bunzl Rafferty Hospitality Products, BWG Foodservice, Calor Gas, Canore, Catering Equipment Maintenance, CBE, Churchill, Catering Management Association of Ireland, Coffee Perfection, Corcoran Food Equipment, Cup Print, Delpac, Display Specialists, Donkeymedia, Ecolab, Edward Dillion, Everyware Global, Exhibit, Expelliere International, Fagor Industrial, Food for thought, GH Enterprises, GOJO Industries-Europe, Goodness Grains, Gram UK, HACCP Records, Honest2Gooness, Hotel & Restaurant Times, Hugh Jordan & Co, Irish Hospitality Institute, Just Eat Ireland, Lumea Liquid Wax Candles, Marco Beverage Systems, Matthew Algie, Mauds Ice-Cream/Popckae, McDonnells (Queen St), MG Catering Equipment, Monin, Mood Master, Multivac, NCCO International, Nisbets, Noel Recruitment, Proflame, Rational UK, Restaurant Association Of Ireland, Rosie & Jim Gourmet Foods, Rubbermaid Commercial Products Ireland, SCA Hygiene Products Ireland, SMX Music…non-copywrite music, Solaris Tea, Steelite International, Stream Hygiene, The Hospitality Trust, The Nest Box Egg Company, The Norton Group, TheDiningRoom.ie, Trinity Purchasing, Ulster Bank, Valera, Wireless Solutions and Wrap Film Systems.
Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin, Food & Bev Live 2014 showcases over 60 of the country’s top suppliers. The event will facilitate industry promotion, networking and dialogue. It’s expected to attract an attendance of over 1,500 chefs, baristas, bartenders, Food & Beverage managers, hotel managers, restaurant managers, coffee bar & café owners etc.