Places to compare, to train professionally, to exchange ideas and to watch the theatrics of gastronomic innovation at work,
food fairs are truly unmissable events for those working in the field especially those that will take place in 2019. When we talk about food fairs, we are referring to the ‘business to business’ events that offer insights into up-and-coming food trends and allow us to understand which direction each product category is going in.
In this article, we have selected the top food fairs of 2019 that can’t be missed and we’re going to tell you when and where they are going to be held, what they focus on and why they might just interest you. Let’s get started!
Much like Vinitaly, the Verona-based fair, ProWein plays a dominant role in the wine sector. Attentive to trends and specifically dedicated to professionals specialising in this sector, it is held in Dusseldorf, Germany every year with its next showcase from the 17th to the 19th of March.
ProWein does have more to it than just wine though. It showcases the beverage in all its forms. The 5,500 wine exhibitors will be joined by producers of beer, cider and spirits alongside publishers specialised in industry literature, mineral water bottling companies and those specialising in equipment and services for bars, wine bars and restaurants.
The ‘International Wine and Spirits Exhibition’ (better known as Vinitaly) is without a doubt the largest fair in the wine sector based in Italy, if not the world. Dedicated solely to specialised professionals, it integrates a series of training activities to the huge VeronaFiere exhibition area which focus mainly on tasting. You learn by trying, not just wines and spirits but beers, oils and vinegars, and having discussions with various sommeliers and professional tasters.
This year, it will take place between the 7th and 9th of April in Verona with some new additions. Among these, there is the Vi.Te area (Vignaioli e Territori association), a space dedicated to ‘natural’ wines and sustainable, artisanal production, which together with VinitalyBio, the area of the show dedicated to organic wines (first hosted in 2014), demonstrates an ever-increasing attention to the environment in viticulture.
Given its international success, the International Food Show in Parma, a biennial exhibition of agri-food in the city’s exhibition space, has doubled its visitor numbers. Since 2017, there has also been Cibus Connect, a Cibus spin-off reserved for odd years, and marketed as a smart, 2-day edition which, in 2019, will take place on the 10th and 11th of April just after Vinitaly (in order to facilitate easy travel for international guests).
In full Cibus style, the entrance is reserved for food, service industry (hotel, restaurant and catering) and retail professionals with many conferences and meetings dedicated to them, in addition to the exhibition pavilions themselves. At the second edition of the Cibus Connect food fair, the number of exhibitors were almost the same as the main event with around 3,000. Among the ‘special areas’ which are present in these pavilions, one is dedicated to Slow Food.
The biennial B2B event dedicated to food and beverages, that is organised by FieraMilano, is taking place this year. It sets an international stage that is ideal for the presentation of, and often first look at, new products in each category.
It is the Italian reference event for buyers from all over the world that is reserved exclusively for professionals in the sector and is able to provide its visitors with a complete picture of food innovation and current trends as well as offering workshops, seminars, conventions and meetings on highly specific themes.
Covering all sectors of the agri-food industry, TuttoFood cannot be missed if you work in large-scale retail trade. Given its size, the food fair is divided into sectors, each of which houses the reference exhibitions: TuttoFrozen, TuttoPasta, TuttoMair, TuttoDairy, TuttoDrink, TuttoOil, TuttoWine, TuttoGrocery, TuttoSweet, TuttoBakery and TuttoSeaFood.
Two particular categories that you should pay particular interest to are:
- TuttoGreen which is dedicated to all macrobiotic, herbal and vegan products that are obtained from organic farming.
- TuttoDeli where we can find the delicatessen space with dehydrated ready-meals and typical, regional products.
This event will take place from the 6th to the 9th of May 2019 in Milan: the food fair of 2019’s unmissable Milanese event!
7,400 exhibitors from over 100 countries, bringing together over 165,000 specialised visitors from 198 countries. These numbers, which correspond to the last edition of the fair in 2017, give us an idea of the sheer size of Anuga which is not surprisingly recognised as, without a doubt, the most important exhibition of food and beverages.
Anuga will return from the 5th to 9th of May in Cologne, which is an economic and commercial outlet in Germany.