Unmissable. Unforgettable. Unthinkable not to be there!

The sales + promotion opportunity of the year for packaged food and drink brands.

Friday, 19 May 2023: Join us for this one-day Festival taking place at the Sydney StartUp Hub, 11 York St, Sydney. The following is the schedule for the Main Stage. Pitch Hub* and Express Lane^ schedules will be sent directly to successful applicants and ticket holders, respectively.

Time Details



If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade
Speaker: Chelsea Ford, Females in Food® & Foodpreneurs Festival


Competition Crystal Ball: The Future of Food & Drink Retailing
Panellists: Matthew Jinks, Random Harvest Gourmet + Nicky Jackson, Range Me


Sometimes You Need to Eat Last: Working With the Majors
Speaker: Diem Fuggersburger, Coco & Lucas’ Kitchen


Becoming An Influencer: Successful Sales Strategies for the Non-Sales Person
Speaker: Mia Van Tubbergh, Elm Professional


Conscious ‘Consumer-ing’: Get To The Heart of What Shoppers Really Want
Speaker: Becky Mead, Play Innovation


Not Just a Brand: Becoming a Household Name
Panellists: Cian Dawson & Courtney Brown, GYM BOD + Alice Storey & Georgi Larby, Pure Pops


Distribution: Scaling Up Your Sales Capability
Interviewee: Sally Gosper, Two Providores


PR Matters: Getting the Word Out There About Your Brand
Speaker: Celia Harding, PR Shed


Beyond The Piggy Bank: Seeking Investment to Survive & Scale
Panellist: Cass Spies, Twisted Healthy Treats + Craig Rochat, Land of Plenty Food


Meet The Buyers: Secrets to Getting Stocked
Panellists: Meredith Nightingale & Donovan Winston Kensley, David Jones Food + Tim Sykes, Gertrude Grocer


Future Foodpreneur: Where to From Here
Speaker: Chelsea Ford, Females in Food® & Foodpreneurs Festival


Happy Hour Networking


Click the button to download the complete Festival program.

*You must have a Festival ticket to apply to pitch to the retail buyers and your application does not guarantee you a pitching time slot. Pitching application forms can be found here.

^ There will be guidance from industry experts on the Main Stage of the Festival as part of your ticket, if however you want a guaranteed session either with one or with multiple industry experts, save your spot in the Express Lane. To do that, you will need a Festival ticket and an Express Lane Add-On ticket.