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IFEX show to celebrate 25th anniversary

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L-r: Colin Neill, Hospitality Ulster; Andrew Davis, Retail NI; Sean Owens, IFEX Salon Culinaire director and Brendan Kearney, FSB NI.

Northern Irish foodservice trade show IFEX will be marking its 25th anniversary when it returns to the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast from Tuesday 29-Thursday 31 March 2022.

Widely regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s longest-standing trade exhibitions where foodservice and hospitality’s biggest players all come under one roof, IFEX with the support from associations including Hospitality Ulster, the Federation of Small Business, Retail NI and The Guild of Fine Food, is laying down the foundations to ensure next year’s show is a success.

Toby Wand, MD of organiser 365 Events Ltd said: “As one of the sectors most impacted by the pandemic, IFEX, marks a new dawn for foodservice, hospitality and retail as industry rebuilds following an unprecedented period of closures and restrictions.

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“IFEX is firmly-rooted in NI’s hospitality industry and celebrating its 25th anniversary, next year’s show is set to shine a light on the importance of IFEX to Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector and will provide a vital meeting place for those within the industry to reconnect, uncover new learnings, secure new business and discover relevant technologies to improve their businesses and customer focus.

“With four months to go, we’re delighted that so many key industry players as well as new brands have already joined the growing exhibitor list, so we’ve high hopes for the 2022 event.”

Many of Northern Ireland’s biggest names in foodservice have already confirmed, including distributor Stephens Catering Equipment, Henderson Foodservice, Golden Glen, Lynas and Sysco.

Central to IFEX is chef competition programme Salon Culinaire, headed up by salon director, Sean Owens. As a proving ground for student and industry chefs, Salon Culinaire is aimed to be the place where the ‘best of’ culinarians in Northern Ireland are formally acknowledged.

The event is intending to showcase the latest food and drink, technology, equipment and services trends. IFEX will feature a range of visitor attractions designed to inspire and engage, including a new Hospitality Skills Hub, the new IFEX Innovation Awards and the return of the Great Taste Market.

365 Events stated that the forthcoming exhibition will be operating in line with all public health guidelines.

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