Seafood Expo Asia 2018 showcasing trends of Asia-Pacific market
In less than two weeks, Seafood Expo Asia 2018 (SEA), organized by Diversified Communications, will open its doors at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for three days of showcasing the latest trends in Asian-Pacific seafood.
Running from 4 to 6 September, SEA is bringing over 200 exhibiting companies from more than 30 countries together, along with experts and chefs from around the world. This year, 11 countries will be present and showcasing their seafood for the first time: Bulgaria, Fiji, Greece, Kiribati, Monaco, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.
Some other countries, such as Ireland, China, Japan, and the Solomon Islands will have new pavilions, and 21 countries – including Thailand, Korea, the United States, Spain, France, and Taiwan are returning for another year.
One of SEA’s newest events, the Young Chef Challenge, is also returning once more for its second year. Featuring young chefs from around the world, the event gives them a chance to showcase their skills as they use sustainable seafood species to create innovative dishes.
The event will be judged by Gerhard Passrugger, Executive Chef from the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong; Pedro Samper, Executive Chef from The Langham Hong Kong; Vicky Lau, Chef and Owner of the Tate Dining Room & Bar; event ambassador Gabriel Choy; and guest judge celebrity chef Christian Yang. Yang will also be hosting his own master class on 4 September to demonstrate one of his creative seafood dishes.
Created to showcase the next generation of talent in Hong Kong, the challenge will task the young chefs with tackling Galician seafood, Australian green lip abalone, and Alaskan wild-caught sustainable seafood over the course of the three-day competition.
Seafood Expo Asia is also featuring an open market concept “Product Showcase.” Every exhibitor will get a complimentary entry into the product display, where any product – whether it is live, fresh, frozen, packaged, ready-to-eat, or more – will be on display.
In addition to showcasing seafood products – and what some talented chefs can do with them – a line-up of speakers, panelists, and experts will share some of the latest knowledge about the seafood industry in Asia and abroad. Starting at 11 a.m. the first day, Mandy Chan, an analyst with Euromonitor International, will review the opportunities that processed seafood has in the Asia Pacific Market.
Other topics include the changing face of retail in Asia, hosted by the Institute of Grocery Distribution; “Creating a Data Ecosystem for the Global Seafood Industry, with Alistair Douglas, a partner at Eachmile Technologies; and “Techology for Safer and More Sustainable Aquaculture,” hosted by Guangdong Evergreen Group.
The final event at Seafood Expo Asia 2018 will showcase the winner of the “Young Chef Challenge,” after three total rounds of onsite-cookoffs.