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World Butcher's Challenge Timetable 

Meat@IFEX Arena

Meat@IFEX, in partnership with Butchery Excellence International (Ireland), is this year hosting the World Butchers’ Challenge and with 12 talented and passionate countries competing, we are guaranteed to see the best battle of the butchers this March!

Independent judges, one from each competing country, will score the team based on butchery skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish and presentation.

Northern Ireland’s best cooks will also be sharpening their knives as on the third day of the event, the Meat@IFEX arena will also play host to Salon Culinaire’s Larder Knife Skills challenge.

Tuesday 20th March 2018

The World Champion Young Butcher & Apprentice

Introduction to Competitors

7:30 - 8:00

World Apprentice Butcher Competition

8:00 - 10:00

Judging, Product Cooking & Viewing

10:00 - 10:45



Introduction to Competitors

12:00 - 12:30

World Young Butcher Competition

12:30 - 14:30

Judging, Product Cooking & Viewing

14:30 - 15:45


Wednesday 21st March

The World Butchers’ Challenge Finals

Introduction of Teams for Heat One

7:00 - 7:30

Heat One

7:30- 10:45

Judging & Viewing of Displays

10:45 - 11:45

Introduction of Teams for Heat Two

13:30 - 14:00

Heat Two

14:00 - 17:15

Judging & Viewing of Displays

17.15 – 18.00


Thursday 22nd March
Meat@IFEX Showcase

Larder Knife Skills Live Event
Supported by Department for the Economy 

11:00 - 11:45

World Skills Butchery Showcase
Supported By Southern Regional College

12:30 - 13:15

Butchery Excellence Ireland Internship

13:45 - 14:15

The Norther Ireland Calorie Wise Awards
Sponsored by the Food Standard Agency NI

11:25 - 12:10

World Butchers Challenge Announcements

14:15 - 15:15



What the industry says about IFEX…

"IFEX provided us with a great platform to launch our new FoodCheck solution into the Irish market." Ciaran Gallagher, Marketing, Kelsius


Opening Times

Tuesday 20 March: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 21 March: 10am – 6pm
Thursday 22 March: 10am – 4pm

Latest News

‘Team Ireland meets President Michael D. Higgins!'
President Michael D. Higgins met with the butchers representing Ireland at this year’s World Butchers’ Challenge.
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