Hostex Cape features full line-up of events and exhibitors

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Hostex Cape promises a busy line-up of events and over 220 exhibitors in one hall at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Its popular regular offerings include the South African Chefs Association's (SACA) Chefs Village and the HomeGrown/SME Village.

New features include second Global Pizza Challenge (first time held in Cape Town), Wine Circle, Greenstuff Village and Green Hotel.

Exhibitor director Lynn Chamier says: "Hostex Cape is ideally timed to assist the industry in meeting the demands of the 2010 tourists, giving visitors a one-stop destination from which to source the products and services to ensure they are able to do so."

"This year's exhibition will expose visitors to new products and trends that will better enable them to provide a world-class service to the influx of tourists that the hospitality industry will be greeting when the soccer begins in June."

The SA Chefs Experience presented by Nestl Professional - also referred to as the Chefs Village - will once again be home to a range of demonstrations of the latest culinary products and trends, as well as competitions such as the City & Guilds Junior Top Chef Competition, the Cape Restaurant & Hotel Competition, the McCain Tribute to Good Taste, the Nestl MAGGI Mash Competition and the Spekko Rice 3 Meal Extravaganza.

A mini-plated Cape Salon Culinaire will also take place at the stand, showcasing this intricate culinary art. The best of the country's chefs will be in action and the winner of the Bryan Montgomery Bursary will be announced.

The Greenstuff Village and Green Hotel is a first and caters for the international move towards a more environmentally conscious approach to all aspects of hospitality.

In addition to an exhibition area of suppliers of green products and services, the Greenstuff Village will feature a Green Hotel in the form of a series of rooms typically found in a hotel, with a comprehensive showcase of green products.

This is the first time the hospitality industry will be able to experience a hotel that is green from floor to ceiling, inside and outside, furnished, equipped, serviced and operated with only green products.

The Wine Circle is another addition to the exhibition that caters specifically for a select number of winemakers who will showcase their brands and cultivars in a targeted and informal environment. The circular seating area facilitates networking and catching up with colleagues.

The Global Pizza Challenge is expected to draw participation from restaurants, coffee shops and pizzerias all over the Cape. Organisers will be pre-selecting approximately 20 independent pizza makers who can demonstrate their gastronomic masterpieces first-hand during the competition's national cook-off.

Categories include chicken or meat, seafood, vegetarian and speciality or dessert, and judging will be done under the auspices of SACA. All recipes will be assessed by a panel of internationally-recognised chefs and judged on their originality, balance, creativity as well as excitement factor.

One of the highlights of the last day will be the Unilever Foodsolutions By Invitation Only competition, which will see six of the country's top chefs prepare a three-course meal from a mystery basket of ingredients for a cash prize of R40 000. The event will take place on Wednesday, 10 March from 11:00 on the Mac Brothers stand.

The HomeGrown/SME Village has grown since it was first launched some years ago and gives producers of local goods and services and niche service providers a dedicated section to exhibit.

The Hotel & Restaurant team, as the official media partner to Hostex Cape, will be present at the show to meet with readers and report on the daily activities.

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