Food agenda: Coffee-pulling champion and food down under
Friday 27 May 2011
The highlights for this week's food agenda include the World Barista Championship, in which the best of the java best show off their coffee-pulling skills in Colombia. The annual Good Food and Wine Show Australia is also a favorite epicurean event for Aussies, where they can watch celebrity chefs give live chef demos and participate in beer tastings and cupcake classes.
8th Annual Thaifex- World of Food Asia
May 25 - 29
The largest food and beverage trade show in Southeast Asia, Thaifex brings together a thousand exhibitors and attracts more than 22,000 visitors from around the world. New this year, Indonesia will be participating in a country pavilion for the first time, while the South Korean presence will double from last year. The trade show is modeled after ANUGA, in Cologne Germany.
11th annual World Barista Championship
June 2 - 5
Each year, baristas from more than 50 countries vie for the chance to boast of their coffee pulling supremacy at the World Barista Championship. This year's competition will be held in coffee country, Colombia, where competitors will try to prepare the best espressos, cappuccinos and original signature drinks of their careers - all in 15 minutes. Baristas are judged on cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation.
Good Food and Wine Show Australia
June 3 - 5
This consumer-oriented food and wine show takes place across Australia from June to November, with the first event rolling out in Melbourne. Foodies are invited to watch celebrity chef demonstrations by famous Aussies like Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris. Other events include wine tastings, beer gardens, cupcake classes and cheese discovery seminars. Tickets are $29.50.
Institute of Food Technologists Food Expo
June 11 -14
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
It's a gathering of food scientists, suppliers and marketers who are on the forefront of the next food trends and innovations. The food expo includes Innovation Awards and Trends and Solution tours. Winners of last year's Innovation Awards included Caravan Ingredients who invented a new zero trans fat alternative for frying oils, margarines and salad dressings.
29th annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen
June 17 - 19
A culinary festival that invites the public to mingle with the gastronomic glitterati, watch celebrity chefs show off their cooking chops in live demos and sample the latest food trends and wine tastings against the backdrop of Aspen, Colorado. Chef speakers include José Andrés, recently named Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jacques Pépin.
30th annual Vinexpo: International Wine and Spirits Exhibition
June 19 - 23
One of the most important trade events for the wine industry, Vinexpo attracts 46,000 attendees from 135 countries to the show which acts as a launch pad for new products and where trends are identified. New this year is "Tastings by Vinexpo," where two designated areas will showcase high-profile tastings and professional presentations.
21st annual Food Taipei
June 22 - 25
Many industry players have used Food Taipei to launch their products into the Taiwanese market, as the trade show attracts 4,500 international visitors and more than 40,000 local visitors. Exhibitors range from everything from fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, meats, health foods, baked goods, wine and liquor to condiments and confectionary.
World Tea Expo
June 24 - June 26
A trade event seeped in all things tea, the World Tea Expo is expected to attract 6,000 attendees and 220 exhibitors this year. In addition to workshops on how to cook with tea, the event will also feature a Tea Infusion Challenge to determine the best ‘Infusionist' - a competition akin to crowning the best coffee barista. Competitors will be evaluated on their product knowledge, brewing skills and talents.
41st annual World Peashooting Championship
This year marks the 41st anniversary of this hallowed pea event, whereby participants don Viking hats and break out their trusty laser and telescopic shooters to hit their target and vie for the crown of World Peashooting Champion. The event has drawn competitors from the US, Scandinavia, France, Spain, New Zealand and Holland, and is held in conjunction with the Village Fair.
Summer Fancy Food Show
July 10 -12
As the largest specialty food and beverage event, the Fancy Food Show features 180,000 gourmet items ranging from confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic and natural products. Winners of the 39th annual sofi Awards Competition, which recognizes the most outstanding foods of the year, will also be announced during the three-day show by celebrity and Iron Chef Cat Cora. More than 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and 24,000 attendees are expected.
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