ExpoCulinaire 2019 launches; Salon Culinaire moves from Gulfood

A series of culinary competitions accompanied by a new trade exhibition to take place from March 4-6, 2019
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ExpoCulinaire 2019 has been launched, aimed at chefs, pastry chefs, bakers and cooks - and will comprise a series of culinary competitions and a new trade exhibition.

Traditionally held in February within the Gulfood exhibition, the Worldchefs' accredited 22nd Emirates International Salon Culinaire will move to ExpoCulinaire 2019. The show will take place from March 4-6, 2019 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG) president Uwe Micheel said in a statement: "The Salon Culinaire started with just a handful of chefs in an exhibition that used one hall; it now commands more than 1,300 entries into one of the world’s leading culinary competitions. It has been a wonderful partnership with Gulfood and the support of DWTC has been much appreciated."

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He added: "An exhibition focused on our core interests, surrounding the region’s longest running event for chefs will take us to a new level. I am looking forward to our regular classes and to the new elements of ExpoCulinaire 2019."

ECG chairman Andy Cuthbert added: "It has been a pleasure to grow alongside Gulfood and to mirror its success with our competition. It is equally important to secure the most appropriate future platform for our specialised sector, ExpoCulinaire is an exciting opportunity to do that while maintaining our Q1 calendar slot."

Joanne Cook, honorary member of the ECG, commented in the official statement: "The last decade has seen a high level of verticalisation in food related shows in the UAE, but many of these have been split by product type alone and not necessarily by audience. ExpoCulinaire has been launched as a visitor/buyer driven event that will respond to what attendees find relevant and commercially or creatively in demand. I believe it will attract the right exhibitors since the visitors are already committed."

ExpoCuliniare 2019 is expected to attract more than 200 companies for its first edition, with an anticipated attendance of 5,000 trade visitors.

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