Come April, food and wine professionals from all over the globe will be congregating at the Singapore Expo centre to take part in Food and Hotel Asia 2016 (FHA) and ProWine Asia, slated to be held together from Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 15, 2016.
At a recently concluded press conference in Delhi, Ting Siew Mui, Project Director, Lifestyle Events at Singapore Exhibition Services, apprised journalists about what’s in store at these exhibitions.
Catering to people’s changing food needs, said Mui, FHA will consist of six different exhibitions, mainly Food Asia, Hotel Asia, Speciality Coffee and Tea, Bakery and Pastry, Hospitality Style Asia and Hospitality Technology.
“Primarily FHA is meant for people from the field of hospitality, food services and catering; we are expecting participation from around 3,000 exhibitors. We are also pleased that countries like Algeria, Morocco and the Czech Republic will be joining us,” she said.
Among the exhibitors from India, the prominent ones include Taj Mahal Palace and Starwood Hotels, FCML, Mahindra Hotels & Resorts and Field Fresh Foods (a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises & Del Monte Pacific Limited) apart from a host of others.
Some of the interesting additions to the FHA 2016 that has been organising this exhibition since 1978 is the Halal supermarket, competitions such as Coffee Latte Art Duel, self-guided food trails and the FHA 2016 International Conference where ITC’s former senior executive, Chef YB Mathur will be a key speaker.
Mui also shed light on her vision for ProWine Asia 2016, an exhibition that’s replaced Wine and Spirits Asia. “ProWine is very strong with knowledge acquisition as very experienced people from the wine and spirits industry will be a part of it. It’s an opportunity for people who are visiting and participating in the exhibition to taste wines from different countries. I am sure there will be a lot of takeaways from ProWine. Apart from the expertise, I am hopeful that they will realise how wine is so wonderful and must be shared at home.”
This time around, 17 international groups from 13 countries including Romania and Hungary will be taking part in ProWine which is being organised in conjunction with Messe Düsseldorf, a leading trade fair organiser. As always, there will be a lot of masterclasses with Tan Ying Hsien MW, Decanter China’s Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Deputy-
Unfortunately, none of the Indian wineries are taking part in ProWine Asia, as they are all “gearing up for ProWein Germany this March.” Though Ting is hopeful that they will come to ProWine in 2018!