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The taste and quality awards Athens Fine Food Awards (AFFA) 2023  ceremony has been successfully concluded.

At a special ceremony organized on Monday 20 March 2023 at the model academy “HotelBrain Academy”, the big winners and the list of products awarded with AFFA 2023 stars were announced.

For 2023, 25 products stood out for their quality, taste and innovation, while 92 products received one to three stars.

The evaluation was carried out by leading professionals in their field, as the jury included Michelin-awarded Greek chefs, chefs who serve Greek cuisine at a top level, professionals with experience in the use of Greek products, foragers and herb growers, specialized sommeliers, F&B Managers, creators of visual communication with important distinctions abroad and specialization in food, etc.

At this year’s event, the awards to the big winners were presented by:

1. Kostis Moschonas CEO of RM International (Platinum)

2. Ioannis Hatzitheodosiou, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce (Dry Food)

3. Nikolas Haris, F&B Manager, member of the evaluation committee of AFFA (Frozen Food)

4. Giannis Karvelas, certified Pro Olive oil Expert, member of the evaluation committee of AFFA (Olive oil)

5. Dimitris Fragostefanakis, Director of HotelBrain Group (Spirits & Beverages)

6. Christos Rizos, Director of HotelBrain Academy (Innovation)

7. Stavriani Zervakakou, chef (Newcomer)

8. Magda Peistiki, Editor-in-Chief of Food Services magazine (Organic & Functional)

9. Dora Michael, Gastronomy journalist, editor of the FNL guide and culinary marketing consultant (Packaging)

The ceremony was followed by an event in which tastings were offered, curated by the tastemaker Mr. Haris Tzannis, president of the AFFA jury, consisting of the products awarded at the ceremony. The preparation of the tastes, the drinks and the hospitality of the guests were carried out with enviable professionalism by the students of the first deaf section of the HotelBrain Academy who are preparing to man the hotels of the Hotelbrain Group in a few weeks.

Detailed names of winners here.

The largest exhibition of producers of artisanal products and delicatessen products, took place from Saturday 04 to Tuesday 07 February, at MEC PAIANIAS!

The award-winning exhibition EXPOTROF returned to the MEC exhibition center of Paiana, and the report of the exhibition closed with a positive sign despite the difficult weather conditions. At the opening that took place on the 1st day of the Exhibition, the Deputy Minister of Development and Investments, Mr. Nikos Papathanasis, the Deputy Minister of Rural Development & Food, Mr. Simos Kedikoglou, the Authorized Councilor of the Attica Region for Tourism, Mr. Thodoris Koutsogianopoulos, attended and addressed the greetings. The Attica Regional Councilor for Fisheries, Agricultural & Veterinary Policy, Mrs. Angelaki Dimitra, as well as the Head of Innovation and Outreach of the honored Central Macedonia Region, Mr. Sotiris Batos. In addition, the opening of the exhibition was graced by the presence of the Deputy Regional Governor of the Primary Sector, Thessaly Region, Mr. Billis Apostolos, the Deputy Regional Governor of the Primary Sector and Gastronomy, South Aegean Region, Mr. Zannetidis Filimonas, the Deputy Regional Governor of the Primary Sector, Region of Crete, Ms. Irini Houdetsanaki – Giakoumaki, the Deputy Regional Governor for Rural Development of Western Greece, Mr. Theodoros Vassilopoulos and the Deputy Regional Governor for Rural Economy and Rural Development of the Ionian Islands, Mr. Ioannis Armeniakos.

The goal is trade agreements

The 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition 2023 was attended by 275 companies and professionals from all over Greece involved in the primary production and marketing of food and beverages, as well as 10 companies from Italy in a special section. In terms of traffic, thousands of catering, wholesale trade and hotel industry professionals were registered.

As part of EXPOTROF 2023, more than 500 B2B meetings were held in the specially designed Buyers Square area with Greek and foreign companies from the hotel industry, such as HotelBrain, Mitsis Hotels, Atlantica Hotels & Resorts and Tor Hotel Group etc. From the catering sector, such as Tria Delta SA, wholesale, such as Hellinikes Hypermarkets Sklavenitis, Market In, Metro AEBE, Ok any Time Market, ANEDIK SA, distribution channels and export companies, such as AK INTERNATIONAL, THESMOS EMPORIKI OE, IREMIA, s.r.o. | Greek Market, P&P PROKOPIOU TRADING LTD, Dal Mare Group, EMPORIO EGNATIA and many more companies.

Parallel Events

On the stage of “Cooking Greece” with Ms. Eva Parakentakis as the main presenter and chef Kostas Bouyouris as the coordinator, 22 culinary events took place from the regions of Central Macedonia, Attica, Western Greece, Western Macedonia, North Aegean, South Aegean, Crete and Thessaly, while award-winning chefs presented unique signature dishes and cooking techniques.

At the same time, the Food Expert Stories section presented free workshops on contemporary topics with an emphasis on the local producer, as well as a discussion panel with the participation of leading professionals. Due to the extraordinary weather conditions, the AFFA 2023 Quality and Taste Awards ceremony has been postponed and will take place on a new date to be announced shortly. We sincerely thank all the exhibitors and visitors of the exhibition who, despite the weather conditions, supported us with their presence.

The president and managing director of the World Wine Tourism Organization Jose Antonio Vidal (GWTO) key note speaker at the 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition.

We are very happy to announce that the president and CEO of the World Wine Tourism Organization (GWTO), Jose Antonio Vidal, will be at the 9th EXPO as a keynote speaker in the context of Food Expert Stories. His talk on ‘The Future of Wine Tourism: Inspiring a New Future Together’ on Sunday 5 February at 12.30 puts the focus on the wine tourism industry, analyzing the present and future of the modern trend.

Jose Antonio Vidal, a great personality in the world of wine tourism internationally, will map during his presentation, the environment of the emerging form of tourism and highlight the prospects presented for everyone involved in the sector.

As part of the 9th EXPO, the president and CEO of the World Wine Tourism Organization, Jose Antonio Vidal, will present the Spirits & Beverages award at the AFFA 2023 awards ceremony.

A rich culinary program of parallel events full of knowledge, information and technique will take place at the 9th EXPO – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition, from February 4 to 6, 2023, at the MEC Paianas.

The 9th EXPO adopts a unique concept for domestic data, dedicating all days of the exhibition to modern culinary trends through three different stages. Information, technique and tasting is the triptych that characterizes this year’s events and is based on the three pillars of Sustainability, Farm to Table and Authenticity.

On the stage of “Cooking Greece” the host Chef Costas Bougiouris with the assistance of the main presenter chef and foodblogger Mrs. Evas Parakentakis, will welcome distinguished chefs from every corner of Greece to the stage and through delightful culinary events of the regions of the country, they will “travel » visitors to the exhibition in the Greek territory.

At the same time, on the stage of Cooking Greece, invited chefs such as the Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons Athens, Michalis Hatzikalimeris, the Pastry Chef of Varoulkos, Thodoris Mousidis, the Executive Chef of the Athens Capital Hotel – M Gallery, Dimitris Boutsalis, the Consultant and Restaurant Menu Creator and Hotels, Alexandros Koskinas talk to the presenters Konstantinos Bougiouri and Magda Peistiki about the culinary trends in Greece and abroad and cook live, their signature dishes, of today or tomorrow.

In the specially designed Food Expert Stories area, professionals in the food and beverage sector, in a single visit to EXPOTROF, are trained and informed at the same time. The 9th EXPO is addressed to every catering professional who wishes to strengthen his competitiveness with the unique vehicle of education and information and provides free trainings on modern topics, focus on the local producer and discussion panel with the participation of leading professionals. Every day distinguished guests from the field of gastronomy, marketing and social media will talk about the culinary trends that dominate at an international level, they will present us with success stories in a rich program of open space seminars. The leading chefs of the Greek cuisine Gikas Xenakis, Alexandros Charalambopoulos, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Konstantina Faklaris talk with Yiannis Devetzoglou and Taste ID about the ways in which Greek traditional cuisine can evolve, while the consulting economist Konstantinos Pantelis and the food technologist Athanasios Papageorgiou explain the necessity of certification for the operation of businesses.

The program of parallel events includes for the first time the Drink & Spirits event, where the producers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages of the exhibition will present their products to the visitors and introduce them to the secrets of winemaking, brewing and mixology, hosted by the talented bartender Kostas Bass.

9th EXPOTROF’s awards c

Two different awards will take place during the three days of the exhibition. On Sunday 5/2 at 18.00 the quality and taste awards of the Athens Fine Food Awards (AFFA) 2023 will be awarded, the only awards that honor and evaluate Greek food through the blind tasting process. Meanwhile, on Monday 6/2 at 3:30 p.m., the list of the 100 best restaurants in Greece for 2023 will be announced, as voted by the Dreaters audience.

Find all the parallel events in detail here

EXPOTROF is delighted to welcome Italian companies to its 9th exhibition, which will take place from 4 to 6 February 2023, at the MEC Peanas.

The Italian section, will participate companies of the food and beverage industry which are active in the area of production, standardization and export of premium products. Italian companies with products such as cold meats, cheese, pasta, coffee, pastries, wine as well as packaging and standardization companies come to the 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition with the aim of exchanging experiences and concluding commercial agreements. Greek producers participating in the exhibition will have the opportunity to come into direct contact with Italian companies, exchange experiences and promote their products in the neighboring country. At the same time, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to get to know authentic Italian premium products and learn the secrets of Italian cuisine.

Finally, distinguished chefs from the Italian participation will cook traditional Italian recipes on the “Cooking Greece” stage, combining the Greek and Italian products of the producers of the exhibition.

The 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition, always a pioneer in actions that support Greek businesses, evolves and aims exclusively at the commercial agreements of its exhibitors. Listening to the needs of the market, EXPOTROF returns from Saturday 04 to Monday 06 February 2023 at Mec Peanias, as the first F2B [Food to Business] exhibition that provides solutions to essential business issues, such as the strengthening of Greek exports and interface with distribution channels.

Presenting products of high nutritional and taste value, EXPOTROF welcomes a multitude of producers and businesses for a three-day event full of commercial agreements. Through the Hosted Buyers program, organized at the 9th EXPO, entrepreneurs from Greece and abroad, who are active in the trade and export of food, catering, tourism, hotels and wholesale make appointments with the exhibitors in the specially designed area Buyers Square with the aim of getting to know the quality Greek products and developing their sales network. At the same time, specialized professional seminars will be held, dedicating each day of the exhibition to a modern culinary trend. Sustainability, Farm to Table and Authenticity are the triptych on which all the parallel events of this year’s event are based. Theory and Practice will meet in the spaces of the Premium exhibition with guests who will cook and discuss the trends that have dominated the gastronomy industry.

From Saturday 04 to Monday 06 February 2023, 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition welcomes more than 350 Greek producers of the most premium products, at MEC Peanias, in a three-day event full of professional meetings and educational culinary events.

EXPOTROF, the first F2B (Food 2 Business) exhibition of artisanal products of small production and delicatessen products in Greece gives the opportunity at the decision makers and professionals in the food and beverage sector to meet face-to-face with producers and building sustainable business relationships.

EXPOTROF attracts the highest level of buyers from around the world.

Find the updated exhibitors list here

Join the Hosted Buyer Program

A rich culinary program of parallel events will take place at the 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition, from February 4 to 6, 2023, at MEC Peanas.

The 9th EXPOTROF offers for the first year the opportunity to exhibitors/producers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, participating in the Drink & Spirits section, or with an individual stand at the exhibition, to present their products in a specially designed Drink & Spirits Bar area

Each day of the exhibition, the producers will present their products, such as wine, beer, spirits or non-alcoholic beverages, at a predetermined time for free to the general public and professional visitors of the exhibition, through a tasting event or cocktail creations of their choice.

If you want to present your products to the professionals of food and beverages section, all you have to do is register for the 9th EXPOTROF.

The 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition honors the Region of Central Macedonia this year.

Many professionals operating within the geographical boundaries of the Region will participate in the 9th EXPOTROF to present the “strong cards” of Central Macedonia, such as cheese products, olive oil, vinegar, juices, sweets and jams, sauces and pastries, and of course the wines of the region.

The Region of Central Macedonia, as part of its policy for the promotion and promotion of the region’s products, participates with a single venue in the 9th EXPOTROF 2023 – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition, which will take place from February 4 to 6, 2023, at the MEC PEANIAS in Athens.

The aimed of the region is to present, through producers and their products, the prominent position that the Region of Central Macedonia holds in the production of quality agricultural products.

In order to achieve the best possible coordination, organization and participation of the Region in the exhibition, interested companies wishing to participate in order to display their products through the single configured stand of the Region are requested to register their interest in the e-mails : [email protected] or [email protected] as soon as possible and no later than Friday, September 23, 2022.

Due to a certain number of stands, a priority order will be observed

A basic condition for the participation of businesses is that their products have been produced/standardized/processed within the Region of Central Macedonia, as well as that the name of the business or the label on the packaging of the products do not refer to another region.

More information: 2313330350 Ms. Glykeria Karalis, 2313330391 Ms. Tsiambali Hariklia, 2313330052 Ms. Maria Eleftheriadou.

EXPOTROF comes for the 9th year to offer its exhibitors effective means of promoting and developing their business activities.

From 04 to 06 February 2023, at MEC Paanias, the 9th EXPOTROF – The Greek Fine Food Exhibition welcomes important buyers from the retail (super market, grocery stores, delicatessen), Tourism (Hotels, villas, yachting etc) and Catering sectors (Restaurants, bars, wine), in a specially designed space, where companies will have the opportunity to meet directly with the producers of the exhibition and conclude commercial agreements with them.

In addition, all producers will have the opportunity to showcase their products for free and online, through the specially designed platform www.thedelifair.gr, for a whole year and to talk with businesses from Greece and abroad through virtual B2B meetings.

The aim of this initiative is to highlight the quality and uniqueness of local products, to stimulate business activity and to strengthen Greek extroversion.

If you are a professional from the food and beverage industry, attend the industry’s only F2B [Food to Business] exhibition.

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