Catex is back and bursting with inspiration

Sarah Morrissey of the Red Cow Moran Hotel, one of the baristas who will compete at Catex
Sarah Morrissey of the Red Cow Moran Hotel, one of the baristas who will compete at Catex(Picture: Colm Mahady / Fennells)

Catex, Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, returns to the RDS, Dublin from 26 – 28 February 2019. With over 11,000 visitors expected to attend, it’s one of the most eagerly anticipated industry events of the year.



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7 February 2019

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Catex 2019 takes place at Dublin’s RDS this month from 26 – 28 February, and represents a prime opportunity for visitors to meet with more than 200 suppliers and manufacturers in the foodservice and hospitality industry, and also to watch chefs and baristas in action, and network with thousands of industry colleagues.

Catex, supported by Bunzl and Calor Gas, has firmly cemented its reputation as the ultimate destination for the hospitality and foodservice industry. Following the highly-successful 2017 event, the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA) has worked hard to create an exhibition that is set to be even bigger and better than previous shows and one which delivers exceptional value to both exhibitors and visitors alike

According to IFSA chairman and general manager with Total Produce Foodservice, John Cunningham, Catex 2019 will serve up three days of ideas, innovation and solutions. “From inspiring competitions to expert masterclasses, and an abundance of ideas, Catex is simply the number one event for industry professionals in foodservice, hospitality and within the food and drink sectors in Ireland,” he said.

“Attending Catex is free,” he added, “so for people from across Ireland who work in foodservice and hospitality, it’s this year’s ‘must-attend’ event.”

Exhibitor space at Catex is now sold out, with a waiting list in place, and more people have registered to attend Catex than ever before. Thousands of additional registrations are expected over the coming weeks.

Some of the events planned for Catex include:

Chef Network Hub

Chef Network brings chefs together to collaborate, share knowledge, and learn from each other and the Chef Network Hub at Catex 2019 will be a social space where chefs can meet and connect, as well as a working space where chefs will exchange ideas on the future of their industry; everything from sustainability, to how chefs are trained, the skills needed to run a food business, and food trends.

The Irish Barista Championships, organised by SCA Ireland, at which 12 baristas will compete to be named champion and have the chance to represent Ireland at the World Barista Championships. Demonstrating great skill and creativity, the Irish Latte Art Championships will also be taking place across the three days.

The Bartenders Association’s Irish Cocktail Championships will see Ireland’s leading mixologists putting their skills to the test during the high-octane cocktail challenges. The biggest competition on the calendar, with interest from bars and restaurants all over Ireland, the winner will get the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championship later in the year.

Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions 2019: With over 1,000 chefs descending on Catex to take part in Chef Ireland’s national culinary competitions – the Panel of Chefs – organised competitions, will welcome competitors to a host of category competitions over the three days.

For the full schedule of events, please visit Catex online –




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