Hostex 2020

Delivering fresh innovation and opportunity

01 Mar - 03 Mar 2020 | Sun - Mon 9:30am to 5pm, Tue - 9:30am - 4:30pm

You can’t be in hospitality and not come to Hostex.

Chef Arnold Tanzer

Hostex is the show that delivers – and 2020 will be delivering what you’ve come to expect, and a whole lot more:

  • Three jam-packed districts
  • Over 200 exhibitors and thousands of innovative products
  • IndustryLive! free-to-attend topical and relevant seminars
  • Brand new Incubator Hub showcasing innovative products from undiscovered suppliers
  • Opportunity to engage with seven captains of industry – the Hostex 2020 ambassadors
  • One-stop-sourcing
  • Network, engage, learn, enjoy
  • Mixology, national barista competitions, culinary and equipment demos
  • And much more

Register now to invest your time at the leading hospitality, food & drink show for the African market.

Please note: The deadline for student registration has passed. Students will only be allowed access with written approval.

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Hostex 2020 Ambassadors

Seven industry movers and shakers will provide valuable insights for visitors and exhibitors through idea generation, endorsement, knowledge sharing, and engagement.

They are: Chef Arnold Tanzer, Food on the Move and MasterChef SA Producer; Chef James Khoza, President of SA Chefs Association and Sandton Convention Centre Executive Chef; Chef Jackie Cameron of Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine in KwaZulu-Natal and author; Chef Frans de Waal, of #HotCaterers; Vinny Maharajh, Head Concierge at Sandton Sun Hotel; Iain Evans, Publisher of Coffee Magazine; and Dave Walstra, Coffee roaster and wholesaler and Owner of Thirdspace co-working space and coffee shop.

Explore the ambassadors


Stay up-to-date with everything and anything Hostex.


Providing all the advice, insight and connections that food, drink and hospitality professionals need.


Encompassing a varied selection of seminars and activities from industry leaders.

Exhibitor List

Hostex provides the ideal platform for food, drink & hospitality professionals.

Book your stand

Hostex is the trade show that provides opportunities to those who matter most.

Hostex 2018 Highlights

Did you miss the 2018 edition of the show? Watch our highlights video to see what you missed!

High Quality Visitors
Visiting countries
South African visitors
Influence purchasing decisions
Premier visitors
* Stats based on Hostex 2018 show statistics

One Trade Show, Three Jam-packed districts

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"I was very impressed that there were more food suppliers this year. I am in the Food Service Industry and a few years ago there were not that many food suppliers and the focus was more on furniture for guesthouses and hotels. I am looking forward to engage with some of these exhibitors soon and hope something good will come from it. Thank you for your part to arrange such a successful event and I am looking forward to 2020."

"Hostex 2018 was a great sensory experience; from the hustle and bustle, the amazing different smells from the exhibitors to the unique stands. It was also great to see a lot of students who were eager to learn from the industry experts. I found the experience energising.""

"I attended Hostex for the first time this year and I thought the expo was exceptionally organised and easy to navigate. The welcoming staff were very friendly and happily explained to us where to park and which table to go to get our badges for entrance. The expo itself was diverse and interesting. I was exposed to brands previously unknown me and it was an amazing experience to taste new foods and drinks. I would happily attend the expo again."