IFEX is Northern Ireland’s largest industry showcase of the latest products in food & drink, interiors, catering equipment, technology and services. IFEX features a range of visitor attractions designed to inspire and engage, but most importantly to impart expert insight into how to run a more profitable business.
IFEX Salon Culinaire
Salon Culinaire at IFEX is a series of culinary classes and competitions designed to nurture and discover Northern Ireland's finest culinary talent. Consisting of three key categories - Street Food, the ChefSkills Theatre and Edible Art - Salon Culinaire raises the bar in terms of culinary skills in Northern Ireland.
Recognising and discovering some of the industry’s most promising chefs, The ChefSkills Theatre is a high-profile culinary competition, where many of Northern Ireland's celebrated chefs were first recognised, including Michael Deane, Chris Bell and Roisin Gavin!
Watch rival culinary teams go head-to-head to slice, style and serve a range of vibrant new dishes. This year's competiton will feature teams of eight, primarily from local culinary colleges, operating under realistic service conditions to prove they can deliver exceptional food under pressure.
Edible Art will showcase the skills and talents of the industry as competing chefs create impressive decorative exhibitions made our of a range of foodstuffs. The finalists stunning creations are on display in what can truly be described as an 'edible art gallery'.
See, smell and taste the latest drink trends at our NEW IFEX Bar. Including cocktail demos, tastings and business advice from drinks experts.
IFEX Innovation Awards
The IFEX Innovation awards showcase new stand out products from our exhibitors. Look out for our finalists in the “Equipment, Design & technology” category, and sample the entries in our Food & Drink category. The awards are judged by an independent panel of experts who are looking for all round excellence.
NI Hospitality Skills Hub
Addressing an industry wide problem, the NI Hospitality Skill Hub is a hands on demo area where new skills can be learnt from barista to mixology (at the IFEX Bar) and house-keeping to front of house expertise land.
Great Taste Market
IFEX 2022 has once again partnered with The Guild of Fine Food – the organisers of the prestigious Great Taste awards to bring you the Great Taste Market. It is the perfect opportunity to see and taste some of the 2021 award winning products.