ULEAP, YOU LEARN
Highlights from this year's Speciality & Fine Food Asia and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia
The second edition of Specialty & Fine Food Asia (SFFA) and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia (RPB Asia) held on 17 to 19 July 2018 saw over 3,300 food, beverage and hospitality professionals and 160 local and international exhibitors gathered in one place. This year, organiser Montgomery Asia and its industry partners took the trade show up a notch by widening its slate of onsite programmes and interactive activities. For instance, an investor pitching series was launched for the first time, giving companies the chance to share their innovative ideas with industry panelists. The inaugural Asia Food Innovation Awards by FoodBev Media also celebrated the successes of various brands. The event’s mainstay—a ‘Fine Food Live’ segment of chef demonstrations and panel discussions—continued to draw in curious gourmets. Chef Isaac McHale from London’s one-Michelin-starred The Clove Club headlined the series, showcasing signature dishes from his restaurant such as haggis buns.
Along with new connections, something else forged at the event will have lasting effects. This is the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)’s new F&B modules offered on ULeap, a mobile learning application that offers quick, bite-sized lessons on aspects of the F&B industry and opportunities to participate in various learning communities. Standing for ‘Learning Enabled through Active Participation’, ULeap contains a treasure trove of knowledge provided by industry experts, institutes of higher learning, and professional associations, and is a platform for like-minded practitioners to discuss and share their experiences. Courses such as Association of Bartenders and Sommeliers Singapore’s Cocktail ABC and Nanyang Polytechnic’s forecasting in F&B are just some of the highlights.
NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng, who officiated the opening ceremony of SFFA, said, “As our F&B industry moves towards being more innovation-led and technologyfocused, we must ensure that our workforce is wellequipped to support this transformation.” With this easy means of learning on the go, taking a leap in learning won’t require a leap of the imagination.