FOODCON 2018

Monday November 26

Coffs Harbour Showground
8am to 3pm (coffee from 7.30am)

An event to connect the mid-north coast food industry

Create collaboration, make connections, share ideas,
gain knowledge, be inspired.

If you’re a farmer, fisherman, grower, manufacturer, distributor, chef, retailer, restaurateur, student of tourism, hospitality or agriculture, or business that supports foodies… this is the event for you!

YOUR FREE ENTRY INCLUDES: Kick-start coffee/tea, a full day of expert talks and networking sessions, morning tea/coffee and snacks, producer expo and tastings, delicious harvest lunch with local wine and beers.  

ABOUT FOODCON

FoodCon 2018 is a unique agrifood industry event, organised by Coffs Harbour City Council. It’s designed for the key players across the food value chain on the Mid-North Coast to connect with each other, showcase products and services, and to collaborate and inspire the future direction for our region’s food journey.

In 2017, changes to the format from previous Food Forum events brought together expert speakers and great local food with more ‘meet and mingle’ networking opportunities and the hugely-successful, expanded Producers’ Expo.

This new format created a winning combination, attracting more than 160 delegates – an increase in attendance of over 100% on the previous year. 

Connections were established from ‘paddock to plate’ between local farmers, fishermen, producers, food businesses, retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, food tourism operators, chefs and cooks, government services, business and education providers.

The connections and collaborations that are created by allowing people the opportunity to come together are invaluable and is what FoodCon is all about… 

COLLABORATION will be the theme for FoodCon 2018, building on the connections established at the 2017 event, and will be represented by inspirational and thought-provoking speakers and activities throughout the day including sessions on regional , individual and digital collaboration, the Harvest Hook-Up ‘speed dating’, and thought storming ideas for working together effectively.

Explore

Story telling for your business – why the story behind the product is so important.

Connect

Meet passionate producers and farmers. Share ideas and experiences.

Showcase

Produce, products, services – show the region’s best to chefs and food retailers.

Discover

Learn how you can use facebook to reach new customers and grow your business.

Enjoy

Taste the flavours of our region with a variety of food stations in a relaxed lunch.

Inspire

Share a gem of knowledge with the next generation of farmers, chefs and foodies.

GET INVOLVED!

Showcase your produce, products and food – share your success story.

Why Attend?

By networking and forming partnerships with expert local growers and producers, I am looking to be better informed and inspired about our menu planning and ingredient selection.

Paul & Victoria Harper

Owners & Managers, Cedar Bar & Restaurant

Producers, this is an opportunity you simply can’t afford to miss. Present your best produce directly to local chefs, meet other local producers, and witness the special variety of our region.

Andrew Mitchell

GM, Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Coop

FoodCon will be a unique opportunity to get the key players in one room over one day to make positive connections and inspire the future direction for our region’s food journey.

Darren Smith

Owner and Farmer, New Life Farm

This event is a great way to develop awareness of new producers and manufacturers in the marketplace in our local area and to discover challenges and solutions from our peers.

Sandi Cleary

Farmer and Producer, Blushing Blueberries