Unmissable. Unforgettable. Unthinkable not to be there!

The sales + promotion opportunity of the year for packaged food, drink & pet food brands.

The Festival comprises two different events, the Founder’s Luncheon on 16 May and the actual Foodpreneurs Festival on 17 May.

Thursday, 16 May 2024: Founder’s Luncheon: Exceptional Connections, World-Class Knowledge Sharing.

A unique ‘Chatham House Rule’ style luncheon experience to connect with other packaged food and drink brand owners; from those early on in their growth journey to seasoned food innovators and industry trailblazers with million-dollar brands. Exchange insights, and rub shoulders with your people, the people who ‘get you’ – all while cultivating powerful connections in an intimate setting.

Friday, 17 May 2024: Foodpreneurs Festival: Your Sales Opportunity of the Year.

Join us for this one-day Festival taking place at Swissȏtel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney.

The complete Festival program will be available to download as a PDF on this page closer to the event.

The following is the schedule* for the Foodpreneurs Festival Main Stage. Pitch Hub** and Express Lane^ schedules will be sent directly to successful applicants and ticket holders, respectively.

Time Details



Boiling Point: Powering Up When There’s a Power Imbalance
Speaker: Chelsea Ford, Foodpreneurs Festival & Chelsea Ford Co.


Funding Freedom: The Road to Financial Success
Panellists: Liam Gostencnik & Tim O’Sullivan, Bae Juice + Andrew & Kate Gordon, Naked Rivals


Building a Brand That Thrives In Retail, But Does Not Depend On It
Speaker: Matt Jones, Four Pillars Gin


Pop Up Speaker: Stephen Eyre, The Better For You CFO


Insightful Innovation: Get To The Heart of What Will Sell
Talk: Naishad Dalal, Food Entrepreneurship Academy


Money Back In Your Pocket: Getting a Financial Return on Your R&D
Talk + Case Study: Caitlin Emery and Julia Panovski, RSM with Amanda Falconer, Bestie Health


World Doughmination: Scaling A Brand Globally
Interview: Kathryn Bricken, Doughlicious – The London Dough Company


Pop Up Speaker: Joost Bekker, sc3sixty Logistics Management


Feast for the Eyes: Creating A Visual Impact Consumers Can’t Get Enough Of
Presentation: Nigel Lopez McBean, Terry & Matthew Squadrito, SQUAD Studio


No Is Not A Full Sentence: Sales Strategies For When You Get a ‘No’, ‘Delisted’ or ‘Ghosted’
Talk: Mia Van Tubbergh, Elm Professional


Pop Up Speaker: Sambhav Chadha, Augmentum Media


Category Ownership: Getting Retailers Eating Out of Your Hands
Panellists: Pedro Da Costa, Consult Group & Scott Mendelsohn, Raw C


Beyond the Shelf: Brand Loyalty or Bust
Talk: Luisa Ford, One Seen Bean


Operational Funding to Grow Your Business
Panel + Q&A: Rich Coombes, Nexus Advisory, Frederic Leforestier, En Roue Libre & Jonny Wilkinson, equitise


Pop Up Speaker: Nastasia Marjanovic, Straight Up PR


Unlocking Consumer Consideration: Insights from a Comprehensive Brand Study
Talk: Hannah Murphy, Tracksuit

3:38 pm

Distribution: Extending Your Reach
Panel + Q&A: Hayssam Bejjani, Cartel & Co, Melinda Dimitriades-Catt, Omnivorium & Nicholas Simms, NCES


Future Foodpreneur: Where to From Here
Speaker: Chelsea Ford, Foodpreneurs Festival & Chelsea Ford Co.

5:00 pm
Happy Hour Networking

Festival Closes


* Information is subject to change without notice.

** 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 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.