Hostex, the biggest and longest-running food and hospitality exhibition in Africa, is returning to Sandton Convention Centre in March 2020, in direct response to industry feedback.

Gary Corin, MD of the show’s organisers, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, says: “Our long and successful history has seen us gain many learnings along the way – one of the most important being to hear and heed our customers, exhibitors and visitors. Hostex is a powerful brand that has been an industry institution for 34 years and we intend to see it thriving for the next three decades. We are now returning to the original biennial status, with the next Hostex scheduled for March 2020 in Sandton, in response to feedback from major industry players.”

Corin adds that Hostex and Food & Hospitality Africa has enjoyed its three years at Gallagher Convention Centre, but the show is looking forward to returning to Sandton as a major hub of culinary action in South Africa. “Sandton Convention Centre is an ideal location in the heart of the Sandton business district, easily accessible to the outside world and adjacent to one of the prime shopping, restaurant, hotel, and entertainment areas in the country.”

Hostex 2020 will run from 1 to 3 March, continuing its legacy as an industry platform that provides access to the burgeoning African market and delivers innovation and opportunity for all stakeholders.

The popular show will feature four primary districts – Hostex, Tea & Coffee Africa, Contract Furnishing Africa, and a brand new district, Food & Drink Africa. Strong features that have become firm favourites at the food and hospitality show with visitors and exhibitors and are set to return are The Skillery, a culinary hub presented by SA Chefs Association which showcases the talents and skills of South Africa’s chefs; the free-to-attend Host-ED seminar; Speciality Coffee Association of SA’s Barista; local taste at Food & Drink; a strong New Product Display; and more.

Corin says, “Hostex 2020 will be a place for international suppliers and local commerce to engage and network, a place where industry leaders meet, where new markets are penetrated, and where innovation thrives. We’ve had the commitment from industry and everyone who is anyone in the retail, foodservice and hospitality sectors will be there to make their mark.”

Hostex 2020 will attract over 250 exhibitors from more than 25 countries and feature thousands of innovative products, attracting thousands of local and international visitors.

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