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These days, we have less spare time than ever, which is why hospitality trade shows are such an important facet of the hospitality industry. How else are you going to see what’s new and interesting on the market, network, and find out what’s happening trend-wise, in one day and all under one roof? We’ve highlighted some of the top hospitality expos around the world, as well as one you can find in South Africa – the Food & Hospitality Africa show powered by Hostex.

Sial, Paris

Taking place every 2 years Sial is a biggie. It draws people from all over the world (the 2016 show had over 150 000 visitors) and has 21 exhibition sectors. The show covers all aspects of food and beverage sectors, including beverages and wines, poultry and meat, bakery and dairy, health products and equipment. Products are sourced from all over the world as well, and culinary demonstrations are held throughout the 5 day event.  www.sialparis.com

Food & Hotel Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

The 14th bi-annual show took place this year over 4 days, with 1200 companies from 50 countries represented in its exhibitor areas.  The show, which drew about 23 000 visitors, runs alongside the Culinaire Malaysia, where chefs compete in various categories in competitions organised by the Malaysian Association of Hotels, and there are also live cooking demonstrations, workshops, a wine village and a conference to partake in. www.foodandhotel.com

Hotelympia, London

Founded in 1935, Hotelympia has transformed from just a Hotel Restaurant & Catering Exhibition to one show with four different portions – The Professional Kitchen Show, The Foodservice Show, Hospitality Tech Show, Interiors and Tableware Show. The show provides a platform for industry from restaurants, hotels, pubs, casual dining and contract catering to meet, review and source from some of the finest suppliers in the market. www.hotelympia.com

National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago

The 4-day National Restaurant Association Show showcases everything that restaurant owners need to know, from technology and ingredients, to bar supplies, back of house, and innovations. There are hands-on workshops, as well as education sessions, culinary demonstrations, and an Italian food and wine expo. All of the exhibitors are vetted by judges from the National Restaurant Association, presenting a curated view of what’s big in the restaurant world. https://show.restaurant.org/Home

Food & Hospitality Africa, Johannesburg

Keeping in line with the international trends we’ve seen above, Food & Hospitality Africa is made up of five distinct sections. These include Hostex, which focuses on the hospitality sector with equipment, products and culinary demonstrations; IFEA, which hosts a number of international producers who showcase their products; Tea & Coffee Africa, filled with coffee equipment, beans and teas; The Drinks Cabinet, which showcases spirits, beers and ciders; and Contract Furnishing Africa. Last year’s show was a bumper event, which drew over 6000 visitors from the hospitality industry, and this year’s event will be taking place at Gallagher Estate from 6-8 May. www.foodandhospitalityafrica.co.za

If you want to visit South Africa’s top hospitality trade show, make sure to visit Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex, which will be running from the 6 – 8 May 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre. The show is a not-to-be-missed event where you’ll be able to check out all the latest equipment, products and trends in the hospitality industry, as well as network with industry leaders. To register for free, click here and for more information on the show, click here.

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