SINGAPORE, 30 JULY 2019 – Two of the region’s leading multi-sensory foodservice events are kicking off next month, bringing the latest innovations to regional visitors from the restaurant and cafés sector.
Located at hall A and B of Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre from August 28-30th 2019, visitors can attend Equip&Dine Asia, a holistic showcase of food service solutions, dining wares and industry trends that address the experiential needs of modern-day diners, and SEAsia Café Expo, which shines a spotlight on the region’s thriving café culture through equipment, accessories and quality ingredients used in the preparation of coffee, tea and gelatos.
During these events, visitors can experience two timely conferences and four interactive hospitality and culinary competitions, a contemporary central kitchen set-up for multiple F&B operations, and a state-of-the-art experiential studio for bespoke dining experiences.
Kicking off the event is The Business of Innovation conference, where F&B owners and investors will shed insights on navigating industry challenges and technological innovations through real-world practices. The Dangerous Liaisons: Foodservice Now conference continues the following day, featuring a fresh lineup of veterans and rising stars from the culinary world who will share their experiences on staying ahead of the curve in foodservice strategies and operations. Present at these sessions are prominent industry names, including Chef Janice Wong, Impossible Foods’ Henry Woodward-Fisher, KOI’s Chef Reynold Poernomo and more.
Those who love to play host will delight in Equip&Dine Asia’s Most Gracious Host Challenge, which sees passionate home cooks serving an unforgettable experience with a 3-course menu.
Samples of up-and-coming home chefs’ top-selling dishes as they compete in Equip&Dine Asia’s Most Gracious Host Challenge.
Be inspired to jazz up your own tables at home, as catering and banquet operations professionals representing major hotel chains in the region work their magic to deliver impeccably set tables at the Table Dressing Challenge.
At the media preview event of Equip&Dine Asia and SEAsia Café Expo,Keith Loh, Director, Caffeine Solutions and the organiser for Barista Redefined Challenge was addressing how customers no longer have the patience to wait for more than 10 minutes for their coffee and shares his views on how technology helps simplify café operations.
Dive into the world of gelato at the Singapore Gelato Championship, jointly hosted by SEAsia Café Expo and the Dessert Association Singapore (DAS), to get the scoop on Singapore’s finest gelato chef’s as they whip up flavours unique to Singapore. Be sure to also catch baristas in action at the Barista Redefined Challenge, as they use automated milk texturing technology to create beautiful latte art without the need to manually steam and froth the milk.
Guests were treated to gelato by Sharon Tay of Momolato and Dessert Association Singapore (DAS) while she shares the criteria used to assess contestants in SEAsia Cafe Expo’s Singapore Gelato Champion competition.
Frank Quek, Sales & Marketing Director of TY Innovations, an innovative solutions provider for the F&B industry, shared how the business is supporting startups in the foodservice industry as he illustrates how these businesses can improve operational productivity with technology solutions.
The events also feature a comprehensive mix of end-to-end solutions for front-of-house and back-of-house restaurant and cafe operations. At Equip&Dine Asia, Italian manufacturer Tecnoinox will launch TAP, an automated touchscreen smart oven for greater reliability in food preparation, while hospitality supplier Westlink Marketing Services will carry Churchill’s reputable tabletop products and other brands including Bragard and Victorinox.
Likewise, at SEAsia Café Expo, do not miss out on Boncafe’s award-winning Bean Ground & Drunk – organic coffee beans that preserve the natural aromas and essence of unadulterated coffee. Common Man Coffee Roasters will also impress with their new PuqPress, a precision coffee tamper that provides a fast, automated solution for absolute consistency when you tamp.
Drawing inspiration from Italian F&B concepts, ‘The Italian Summer’ by LEVELS Studio, an experiential hospitality design studio, will showcase how restaurant operators can deliver bespoke and multi-sensory experiences across different customer touchpoints. The LEVELS experience will be brought to life alongside industry partners Electrolux, Celli, Hobart, Precision, T&S, Williams, and Qson.
Ben Gregoire of LEVELS Studio presented an adapted version of ‘The Italian Summer’, a showcase of how restaurant operators can deliver bespoke and multi-sensory experiences across different customer touchpoints.
Luke Lee of Dine Inn puts a spotlight on the rising demand of home chefs in Singapore, and explains how dining is no longer simply about the food, but also the experience.
“The food and dining experience is so intrinsic to Singapore and our ASEAN neighbours that we felt it was important to create an event that both celebrates and advances the foodservice industry in the region. Through this event, attendees can get a first-hand look at the latest F&B concepts and equipment, which will be used to deliver multi-sensory dining experiences. This will be coupled with a lineup of renowned industry players across both events’ conferences and competitions,” said Ms Ting Siew Mui, Project Director, Equip&Dine Asia and SEAsia Café Expo.
Mr Justin Aow, President, Food and Beverage Management Association, added: “We’re extremely honoured to be partnering with Equip&Dine Asia and the SEAsia Café Expo to help bring together professionals in the regional F&B industry to share and discuss the latest advancements in our industry. We are confident that this inaugural event will not only support F&B veterans, but also inspire new players in our fast-moving industry.”