The Restaurant Association of New Zealand and Eat New Zealand have joined forces this year to present the country’s inaugural food and hospitality hui – a two-day annual gathering that brings together the best local and international leaders in food and hospitality to share ideas ,tools and stories, to educate and inspire.

Food in New Zealand has traditionally been siloed across production, hospitality, and tourism – split between government departments and agencies – and it allows ‘passing the buck’ with regards to tackling the big issues.

Whether it’s the mental health of the people who make and serve our food, or connecting agriculture with tourism, or putting the spotlight on our distribution systems and how things end up on our plate, there is huge value in talking about food for the ultimate aim of making New Zealand the best food destination in the world.

“We firmly believe that if we stand together, we will be unstoppable and have a large influence in how our country sees its cuisine, in the context of its people, businesses and place,” said Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois. “This is both a challenge and an opportunity for those working in food and hospitality, but nonetheless, an exciting one!”

“We have the power to create enormous change with the hui,” said Eat New Zealand CEO Angela Clifford. “It’s an event that moves beyond walls of establishments and into the community and nation.”

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