The leading trade show in Southeast Asia for artisan, gourmet, and fine food and drink products and solutions – Speciality Food & Drinks Asia (formerly known as Speciality & Fine Food Asia) – is back this year for its fifth edition. It is also once again being co-located with takeaway and delivery exhibition Food2Go, currently in its second edition.
Held from Sep 26-28 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Halls B & C), the combined show, organised by Montgomery Asia, promises to be the most diverse and exciting one yet, with a slew of new happenings as well as a greater showcase of chefs, bartenders, products and technologies.
With over 200 exhibitors and brands hailing from around the world, and with up to 8,000 trade visitors expected to descend upon showgrounds over the three show days, there are lots of business opportunities to be had, plenty of new products and services to experience, and lots of stage talks and panel discussions to glean insight from.
A highlight has got to be the cooking demonstrations being done by celebrity chefs Mandy Kee (MasterChef Singapore Season 4 contestant) and Victor Loy (Meadesmoore executive chef) at the Fine Food Live Stage.
Or witness a life changing showdown as New York’s Big Idea Ventures (BIV) – the world’s most active FoodTech venture capitalist – hosts the international finals of their first ever Big Idea Food Competition, which seeks to find the most promising innovation in alternative protein. The grand prize of a US$200,000 investment package and inclusion into BIV’s accelerator programme awaits.
If you’re like us, make a beeline for the Tap Room. We believe business is best done over a couple drinks, and with brews from the likes of Archipelago Brewery flowing freely, it’s bound to be a hot gathering spot for other like-minded visitors.
We’re also excited for the debut of the ASEAN Butchery Competition. Hosted by organisers Montgomery Asia and the Meat Traders Association Singapore, meat professionals will get to showcase their carving and presentation skills to claim the title of ASEAN’s best butcher and a grand prize of S$5,000.
The highly anticipated Singapore National Coffee Championship is back too. Organised by the Singapore Coffee Association together with Speciality Coffee & Tea Asia, Singapore’s top baristas will duke it out in a series of championships, with the winners representing Singapore in the World Coffee Championships 2024.
For educational content, there are many panel discussions and stage talks covering pertinent topics relating to the industry. “The Ethics of Dining Reservations” is one that definitely touches on a hot button issue, while “Future of Drinks” will see experts discuss one of the biggest transformations in the alcohol world – the rise of zero ABV beverages.
On the showfloor itself, a host of exhibitors, both new and returning, will be showcasing interesting new products and services. Cold brew coffee concentrate sachets from Wake the Crew have caught our attention, while the Noomoo booth is sure to attract those looking for an artisanal oat milk alternative.
“Following four highly successful editions, Speciality Food & Drinks Asia will once again bring the F&B industry together at a brand-new venue with a larger show floor for an unparalleled opportunity to source and network among industry players from across the region,” remarks Christopher McCuin, Managing Director of Montgomery Asia.
“With more international brands and products coming on board as exhibitors, and more onsite demonstrations, trade visitors can expect to be exposed to the latest and most innovative developments within the market.”
From panel discussions to competitions, product demonstrations to new launches, there are plenty for trade visitors to discover. For the most updated list of exhibitors and programme schedule, visit the Speciality Food & Drinks Asia website.
Speciality Food & Drinks Asia 2023, taking place Sep 26-28 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Halls B & C), is open to trade visitors only. Registration is free. Lucky visitors stand a chance to win a specialty goods hamper worth S$200, or even a Thermomix TM6 worth S$2,550.