The IFSA Chair, Patrick Clement has written to CATEX exhibitors this week with a announcement regarding the dates for CATEX 2021.
"Following ongoing consultation by the board of IFSA with exhibitors and our partners and faced with the backdrop of uncertainly which COVID brings to us all, we have taken the decision to reschedule CATEX 2021 to 23-25 March 2021.
The rationale behind choosing this date was a combination of trying to keep CATEX 2021 ahead of the Spring/ Summer hospitality season, while giving ourselves some additional time to assess how COVID-19 will be effecting us all, and how we as a Country will be dealing with it in the New Year.
Our event partners, Eventhaus ltd, have been in direct communication with both the Department of Enterprise and Employment and the Department of Health all summer drafting a set of robust protocols and guidelines (see attached) for the safe return of trade fairs and exhibitions. This work has led the Government to include provision for the return of trade fairs and exhibitions once the Country and County are in either Level 1 or Level 2 as outlined in the Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for living with COVID document – see reference to large exhibition venues such as the RDS https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/18e18-level-2/#organised-indoor-gatherings.
As you are aware many of our Industry partners such as Chef Network, The Panel Of Chefs, The Bartenders Association, and The Speciality Coffee Association , all depend on CATEX as a showcase for their annual skills events and to recruit new members. It is vital that CATEX continues to provide this support platform next year, particularly when our Industry is experiencing such pain and loss right now.
As an exhibitor, we would ask you to support this rescheduling, and allow us to transfer your booking onto the new event date (stand location to stay the same). If for any reason you do not wish to participate at CATEX 2021 on the new March dates and would like to cancel your booking and request a refund, please email your request to email@example.com.
IFSA has worked hard over the last 6 months to provide timely, relevant and useful information to our members as they grapple with the challenges that the pandemic has presented. Initiatives such as the Foodservice Industry Re-opening Solutions, the IFSA & Chef Network Catering Business COVID-19 Operating Guidelines & Procedures and the ongoing News and Industry Updates are examples of the practical support that a trade association can offer to its membership in a time of crisis. We appreciate the support of our membership in keeping your membership subscription up to date and would encourage any other foodservice suppliers to join the community now as we all work towards recovery."