SEQ’s best food and beverage products and produce take centre stage at the 2022 Meet the Makers showcase

Working closely with growers, producers and manufacturers, from all over South-East Queensland, the Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN) is once again bringing many of them together for the annual “Meet the Makers” event.

Now in its fourth year, this must-attend food and beverage trade event continues to grow in terms of size, diversity and reputation and will be held on Tuesday 3rd May where over 100 exhibitors from the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay and beyond will showcase fresh produce and food and beverage products to buyers and industry.

FAN CEO Emma Greenhatch said the region’s only dedicated food and beverage trade event would create valuable commercial connections and opportunities for its members and the wider food and beverage industry.

“The start of this year hasn't gone as anyone had planned.... so now more than ever it's time for us to celebrate our regions' amazing growers and makers,’ Ms Greenhatch said.

“Meet the Makers 2022 is a wonderful opportunity to showcase, to a wide group of industry buyers and supporters, the amazing array and diversity of products and produce made or grown in South-East Queensland.

“The region’s fast growing beverage category will strongly feature at this year’s event – and we’re anticipating 30+ brewers, distillers and non-alcoholic beverage makers to showcase their products.”

Meet the Makers aligns with the strategies of FAN, and other regional stakeholders including the Sunshine Coast Council, Trade and Investment Queensland, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Noosa Council to make the region the Australian epicentre for scaling food and beverage manufacturing businesses through an ecosystem that drives collaboration and innovation.

FAN recently led a successful submission to secure funding for the development of Turbine, Australia’s first purpose-built, end-to-end collaborative food and beverage manufacturing, education and R&D precinct, that will be located on the Sunshine Coast.

Turbine is set to become Australia’s leading industry-based food and beverage research, education and commercialisation facility with the precinct expected to gain national and international recognition as a blueprint for collaborative manufacturing thanks to funding of up to $33.4 million from the Federal Government. The precinct is set to be operational late 2023.

Meet the Makers 2022 – is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council, Trade and Investment Queensland, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Council, MGA Independent Retailers, Whites IGA, Detpak, Ecolean and Focus Insights.



2.00pm - 5.30pm Buyer Session, welcomes:
Food & beverage retailers / distributors / wholesalers & procurement / restaurants / cafes / caterers / tourism operators / accommodation providers / event companies are invited to learn about the latest food and beverage products made in our regions.

Register here and use promo code BUYER when booking.

For further information

Nicole McNaughton
Communication and Clusters Manager
Food and Agribusiness Network
0433 603 575