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The Business of Food event

The Business of Food: Practical pathways to launching and growing your food business

We are pleased and proud to announce that our event “The Business of Food” has been selected to be part of this year’s Business Victoria’s Small Business Festival and co-hosted by Kingston Council,  Bar & Restaurant Consultants and My Other Kitchen.  

Whether your dream is a cafe or you own a packaged food product on a shelf, let us show you practical pathways to bring your business to life.

This interactive event to be held on Monday 28 August 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Kingston City Hall, will feature an exhibition, panel discussions and keynote presentations from:

Rita.jpg        Rita Erlich

Renowned Journalist, Food Writer and Consultant

Rita is a renowned food writer and consultant, who co-edited The Age Good Food Guide for 15 years, from 1984 to 1998.

Rita writes about every aspect of food – restaurants, recipes, nutrition, history, culture, agriculture, wine – in newspapers, magazines and websites. 


Jarryd Burns

Co-Founder and Commercial Director

Thank You

Thankyou is a social enterprise that exists to fund life-changing water, food aid, hygiene and sanitation and child and maternal health projects locally and globally.

Jarryd has been both tremendously business-focused and passionate about making a powerful difference in this world. As a result, Jarryd jumped at the opportunity to be part of launching Thankyou Water in 2008.

He oversees the finance and operations functions at Thankyou, and in his role has lead to the expansion of over 50 products.



The purpose of the expo is to bring together the two sides of the small business sector involved in the food industry – those providing services to new business owners in hospitality and product development and those business owners looking for help to grow their young food business. 

Two panel discussions will follow on after lunch with panel 1 focusing on packaged products and panel 2 focusing on café’s and restaurants.


Why be an exhibitor?

This event allows you to showcase your business and speak to people who are in the research or growth phases of their own businesses in the food and hospitality industry.

New and growing businesses need access to service providers and businesses that can assist them to start or grow.

Interested in being an exhibitor? Email us for further information. 

Interested in Sponsoring the event?

There are a limited number of sponsorship packages available for companies that may be interested in sponsoring the event. We are looking for sponsors who are involved in or related to the food industry and share a common interest with the people/ businesses attending the event.

Contact us at for further information.