Countdown to The Restaurant & Bar Show of NZ 2012 begins.
The two-day event at ASB Showgrounds attracts a huge number of professionals from restaurants, hotels, bars, caterers, clubs and cafes along together with suppliers to the industry.
A host of renowned local and international bartenders and chefs also showcase their talents and global trends at the show. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the two day show.
The industry is big business here in New Zealand. It currently employs more than 135,000 people, with more than 30,000 jobs created in restaurants alone over the past decade. Around 1.5 million New Zealanders are served every day, and the industry is worth around a $1 billion to the New Zealand economy.
The atmosphere at the show will be alive with demonstrations, competitions and places to mingle and make new contacts.
New Zealand’s most talented cocktail bartenders are due to wow the crowds with their creative cocktails in the hotly contested Bar Masters competition sponsored by Monin. The event doubles as the inaugural Monin Cup and the winner flies to Kuala Lumpur to compete in the international semi-finals. The final stage of what is a global competition takes place on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
Following a series of regional heats around the country, finalists take part in the Stella Artois Draught Masters Final. Fifth generation brew master and world renowned beer tasting judge, George F Reisch from the United States is one of the guest judges at the popular event. Visitors to the show can take part in the Stella Artois 9 Step Pouring Ritual which forms the basis of the global competition.
One of the UK’s leading Sommeliers David Galetti is delivering a seminar and sous chef extraordinaire Monica Galetti of Le Gavroche in London (2 Michelin stars) shares her skills and experience in the Telecom MasterClasses.
The Wine Showcase features a selection of well-known wine companies alongside smaller, boutique wineries.
A new coffee competition is a feature of this year’s show. The Latte Art Championship challenges baristas to come up with their most creative art in a cup. The competition is the New Zealand qualifier of the World Latte Art Championship in Korea in November. The judging panel will include a World Latte Art certified judge. Heats will begin on the morning of August 19, with the finals on the morning of August 20.
Show Manager Linda Lang says the show team has been focussed on pulling together more competitions, more competitors, more seminars and more opportunities to watch, mingle and learn from each other.
“We’re really excited to be hosting some talented representatives from one of the world’s most famous restaurants as well as celebrating our local stars and giving emerging talent a chance to shine on the global scene,” she says.
The show also has a strong food focus with award winning chef Michael Meredith presenting a Masterclass about the importance of provenance, and a mini farmers market on site will showcase new and exciting products now available to chefs.
The NZ Culinary Fare (now in its 20th year) takes place alongside the Restaurant & Bar Show from 19-21st August. The three-day competition has more than 60 competitions, around 1000 competitors and opportunities for the industry and the pubic to watch the best in action and see the superstars of the industry compete for medals and national titles.
Registration is free and is open now via the show website. Also join us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @BEFestivals with the trend #R&BShow.