Starting out as a small trade exhibition held in the carpark of a hotel, Food & Hotel Asia continues to provide fresh inspirations to F&B professionals all over the world. New exhibitors this year include OWL International, Fraser & Neave, Yeo Hiap Seng, Sodastream Professional and more. Also part of the exhibition this time around is ProWine 2016 (modelled after the globally recognised ProWein in Dà¼sseldorf) in collaboration with Messe Dà¼sseldorf Asia. First time country group pavilions joining the event are Algeria, Hungary, Poland and The Netherlands. Asia’s largest gathering of food and hospitality industry professionals sees 3,000 exhibitors 70 countries in a 93,000 sqm area, powered by specialised events namely FoodAsia, HotelAsia, SpecialityCoffee&Tea, Bakery&Pastry, HospitalityStyleAsia and HospitalityTechnology. So put on your most comfortable shoes as we break down the highlights. For trade visitors only: Pre-register before 31 March for free admission, $80 thereafter. 12-14 April 10am6pm, 15 April 10am-4pm. Hall 1-9 Annex, Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive.

1 ProWine Asia 2016, Singapore Expo, Hall 10

The world’s leading wine and spirits trade fair debuts its first Asian edition in Singapore. Attend masterclasses and seminars, get to know award-winning varieties around the world, learn the basics of sake and food pairing, and develop great relationships with key wine labels.

2 The competitions are back FHA Culinary Challenges

The most prestigious culinary competition in Asia showcases budding talents in their pursuit of excellence. There are three challenges: the individual, the team and the new Sweet High Tea. FHA Barista challenge Hosted by the specialty coffee and tea association of Europe (SCAE), participants pit their skills against one another for the title of FHS Barista challenge champion, the best in Asia. FHA Latte Art challenge The 2nd edition takes place this year. The format comprises a personal battle, where baristas challenge each other and themselves to create a stunning cup of latte art in under 5 minutes. Asian Pastry Cup 2016 The 6th edition this year offers an official pre-selection platform to the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France.

3 Get certified

There’s also the opportunity to brush up on your skills in the coffee and tea area with certified tea courses by Australian Tea Masters ( competitions/certifiedtea-courses ) and certified SCAE courses by Bettr Barista and Smitten Coffee ( competitions/certifiedscae-courses/ ).

” ¢ Global tea menu (14 Apr, 10am-1pm, $267.50) brings samples of tea from all around the world to help you create your own specialty tea menu for your establishment. Mezzanine 6, Hall 6, Singapore Expo

” ¢ Hands-on basic tea-blending (14 Apr, 2-5pm, $267.50) offers insight into botanicals and flavours with help from tea blending professionals to create harmonious tea blends. Take home two of your own creations.

” ¢ Barista Skills (Foundation) is a full day course (12 or 13 Apr, 10am-6pm, $450) for those with no prior barista skills. Get the fundamentals right with proper techniques through espresso basics, milk basics and hands on practice, followed by an examination (six participants per day).

” ¢ Brewing (Intermediate) is a two-day workshop (12-13 April, 10am-5pm, $401.25-$909.50) that delves in depth into the world of coffee beans. Learn about grind profile, how to match grind to brewing method, and how to scientifically measure coffee strength and period of extraction (eight participants only).

4 Halal Supermarket, F2-02, Foyer 2

The first-ever Halal Supermarket by Singapore Exhibition Services and Malaysia-based DagangHalal provides buyers across Asia a convenient source for quality Halal-certified products. Look out for the new Self-Guided Trail–Halal Food & Beverages that maps out all exhibitors with Halal-certified products to help buyers source more efficiently.

5 First outdoor extension

For the first time, the space at FHA2016 will be extended to accommodate exhibitors from FoodAsia. There’ll be a wider selection of products and supplies ranging from fresh produce to ready-to-eat products, and confectioneries to beverages.