Dublin's Citywest Hotel saw thousands of representatives of the foodservice, hospitality, and speciality retail sector pass through its doors when it hosted Food & Bev Live 2020 on February 4 and 5.
Food & Bev Live 2020 was run by the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA), the chairman of which, Patrick Clement, stated, "With the addition of new features, national competitions, and the launch of the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Awards, we had high hopes for this year's event, and Food & Bev Live 2020 has exceeded all our expectations.
"We have worked hard on this show for the past two years. Our goal was to make Food & Bev Live as good as it could be, and the energy and atmosphere over the two days was incredible.
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"In the build up to the sold-out event, the signs were very positive, and we are thrilled to hear exhibitors are reporting that major deals have been done."
Food & Bev Live 2020 Events
Events that took place at Food & Bev Live 2020 included the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Awards (the IFSAs), the 2020 National Cocktail Championship, the 2020 Avonmore Irish Barista of the Year competition, the Chef Ireland Competitions, the National Pizza Championships and the first-ever national qualifying round of the Tea Masters Cup.
Additionally, Chef Network was a hub of activity at Food & Bev Live 2020, with networking and conversations about food and drink industry topics such as calorie counting and food waste taking place.
Food & Bev Live will return in 2022. Next year, IFSA will run hospitality industry trade event CATEX from February 16-18 at the RDS, Simmonscourt, in Dublin.
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