Around the world in 4 days

Food & ho­tel asia 2018 re­turns with a slew of gourmet of­fer­ings and hos­pi­tal­ity in­no­va­tions.

Epicure - - SEEN AND SAVOURED -

FHA 2018 was a roar­ing suc­cess as vis­i­tors from around the globe flocked to both Singapore Expo and Sun­tec Singapore In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from 24 to 28 April. As sup­port­ing me­dia of Asia’s largest food and hos­pi­tal­ity trade event, epi­cure was there to suss out the lat­est F&B trends. To wel­come the crowds, our booth was out­fit­ted with Mon­de­casa fur­ni­ture, a new Melitta Barista TS cof­fee ma­chine from Bon­café, and bot­tles of white tea from ITO EN.

Coun­try show­case

Latvia, famed for its lush nat­u­ral land­scape, made its FHA de­but with an im­pres­sive dis­play of nat­u­ral pro­duce such as berry-filled choco­lates from Nelleulla and sus­tain­able caviar from Mot­tra Caviar. The New Zealand pav­il­ion pro­moted green shell mus­sels from Marl­bor­ough Sounds in ready-to-eat vac­uum sealed packs, while the Western United States Agri­cul­tural Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (WUSATA) pav­il­ion in­tro­duced a slew of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and or­ganic pro­duce, like hard ap­ple cider and gluten-free or­ganic oats.

Nib­bles and sips

With so much to see over four days, many at­ten­dees were seen gath­er­ing at the Lavazza booth for their pick-me-up. The Ital­ian cof­fee brand in­tro­duced a new eco-friendly range, ¡Tierra!, where each cof­fee blend is cer­ti­fied by the NGO Rain­for­est Al­liance. Over at Bon­café, guests sam­pled an ex­clu­sive Ruby blend (us­ing beans from Costa Rica, Uganda and Bali) that was cre­ated to com­mem­o­rate 40 years of FHA.

The crowds also headed to the colour­ful MONIN booth to try their hand at latte art with the help of the L’artiste Latte Art pen, as well as to sam­ple a va­ri­ety of syrup flavours.

Trade vis­i­tors were treated to a scrump­tious feast with the live cook­ing sta­tions and pre­mium pro­duce at Culina, in­clud­ing Westholme Wagyu and oys­ters from Royal Oys­ter.

A glam­orous Clas­sic Fine Foods: Ori­gin party was held at The Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel Singapore on the first evening of FHA, where guests not only sam­pled fine in­ter­na­tional pro­duce, such as iberico ham, French caviar, An­gus beef, buf­falo moz­zarella and choco­late, but also met with the pro­duc­ers.

Sweet vic­to­ries

There were com­pe­ti­tions aplenty at FHA 2018. Team Malaysia took the cov­eted top spot at the Asian Pas­try Cup, with Singapore and Aus­tralia com­ing in sec­ond and third; all three teams earned a place at the pres­ti­gious World Pas­try Cup 2019 in Lyon. Team Malaysia’s win­ning cre­ation was a Taiko themed choco­late cake with a crispy streusel base and man­darin yuzu jelly, while the plated Wadaiko dessert con­sisted of salted al­mond streusel and ba­nana emas com­pote.

Amid tough com­pe­ti­tion, Yusuke Aoki of In­done­sia emerged master of choco­late desserts at Asia’s in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of Val­rhona C3 – Choco­late Chef Com­pe­ti­tion. Aoki will go on to rep­re­sent the re­gion at the in­ter­na­tional fi­nale of the An­nual Starchefs In­ter­na­tional Chefs Congress in Brook­lyn this Oc­to­ber.

Wine par­adise

Over 7,200 trade vis­i­tors made a bee­line for Prowine Asia (Singapore), in its sec­ond edi­tion. Among the 300 com­pa­nies from 33 coun­tries, the wines from ‘New Lat­i­tude’ ar­eas such as In­dia, Bali and Thai­land proved a pleas­ant sur­prise, while lo­cal mead pro­ducer Rachelle the Rab­bit gave se­lect guests a work-in-progress sam­ple of their Mao Shan Wang wine. At the French pav­il­ion, the Provence booth served their wines in at­trac­tive Ice Bag chillers, mak­ing it easy to sam­ple pop­u­lar Rosés such as Mai­son Saint Aix Coteaux d’aix-en-provence 2017.

Master­classes from lu­mi­nar­ies such as Tan Ying Hsien MW and An­nette Scarfe MW were also fully sub­scribed. The lat­ter con­ducted a brief but in­for­ma­tive im­mer­sion into Aus­trian wine, as at­ten­dees sipped their way through 11 wines. Not all the liq­uid trea­sures were at Hall 10; the U.S. pav­il­ion at Hall 7 also threw up some gems, in­clud­ing Colorado based Lee Spir­its with their smooth speakeasy-styled sin­gle shot gins.

Cool col­lec­tors

Over at the Sun­tec Singapore In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, cool­ing spe­cial­ist Kadeka show­cased their wine chillers at FHA for the first time with an eye-catch­ing booth. The hand­some dis­play com­prised the Kadeka Sig­na­ture se­ries in sexy black, and Seam­less de­sign in sleek stain­less steel. It was the ideal op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the fea­tures of the pop­u­lar Sig­na­ture se­ries, which is the first in Singapore to use in­verter tech­nol­ogy, mak­ing it more silent as it is more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. Mag­num col­lec­tors will be pleased to know that the wider shelf con­cept pre­vents the bot­tle la­bels from be­ing scratched, thereby pro­tect­ing your in­vest­ments even more care­fully. And in line with their im­pec­ca­ble hos­pi­tal­ity, Kadeka also served their vis­i­tors still or sparkling Tau wa­ter in glass bot­tle as well as bot­tles of Mai­son Les Alexan­drins Côtes-du-rhône 2015 chill­ing – at just the per­fect serv­ing tem­per­a­ture, of course.

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