Coming up at HORECA Lebanon

Coming up at HORECA Lebanon


HORECA Lebanon is returning to Seaside Arena, Beirut, from April 2-5, 2019. We take a look at what’s in store during the four-day hospitality and foodservice trade event

HORECA Lebanon is set to welcome 18,000 industry professionals from across the region and more than 350 local and international exhibitors from France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Poland when it celebrates its 26th edition this April.

Objective for 2019
“Our slogan for this year is ‘For a Better Industry’ as this sums up our objective; to be a regional business meeting place where we can shape the future of the hospitality and foodservice sectors in Lebanon and the Middle East,” says Joumana Dammous-Salame, managing director of Hospitality Services, the event organizer.

On the program
The exhibition will play host to a number of competitions, such as the renowned Hospitality Salon Culinaire, the Junior Chef Competition, the Lebanese Bartenders Competition, the Lebanese Barista Competition, the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contest, the Art of Service Competition and the Bed Making Competition. The Atelier Gourmand, the Wine Lab and the Annual Hospitality Forum also return, gathering the top chefs, oenologists and industry heavyweights.

New events
In addition to the regular features, new events include the Mocktail Competition and the Latte Art Competition. HORECA Lebanon will also host two special events to highlight Lebanese flavors: Al Matbakh, where well-known Lebanese and international chefs will honor local food heritage, and the Arak Lab, giving the opportunity to local arak experts to impart their know-how. Furthermore, the national selection for the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie will also take place at the show.


350+ exhibitors
2,500+ brands
18,000+ trade visitors
70+ international experts and guests
20+ daily events and competitions
900+ participants


More than 70 international experts from the world of food, drink and hospitality will be present to share their expertise. The Hospitality Salon Culinaire’s guest of honor is 3-Michelin-starred chef Christophe Bacquie from Hôtel & Spa du Castellet, France. Other international guests at the salon include: Jacques Charrette (France), Georges Damianou (Cyprus), Alan Geaam (France), Guillaume Gomez (France), Mehmet Gok (Turkey), Thomas Gugler (KSA), Samaan Hilal (Kuwait), Zyad Hilal (Kuwait), Tarek Ibrahim (Australia), Yasser Jad (KSA), Domenico Maggi (Italy), Christophe Marguin (France), Emil Minev (London), Jean-Marc Mompach (France), Christophe Morel (Canada), Francois Pozzoli (France) and many more. Elsewhere, the Lebanese Barista Competition and Latte Art Competition will be judged by international experts: Anthony Bedoyan (UAE), Branislav Beronja (UAE), Stavros Lamprinidis (Greece) and Safa Salehi (Iran), while the Lebanese Bartenders Competition and Mocktail Competition will be judged by: Spyros Kerkyras (Greece), Alexander Sourmpatis (Greece) and Andreas Tsanos (Spain). Michel Widehem (France) will be judging the Art of Service Competition.

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