National Conference Postponed

The Australian Culinary Federation has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 National Conference until early 2023. 

In recent months we have seen severe flooding in NSW – including in the Hunter region which is our venue – the increased threat of more variations of Covid 19 & decreased industry staffing levels. This has meant that we have not seen the same response in conference bookings as was the case in previous years. 

After lengthy discussions with the venue & between the executive committee, it has been concluded that a postponement was in the best interest of both the venue & the association.

We know this will be a disappointment to all of you who have made bookings. Please be assured that you will all be refunded within the week. If you have made accommodation bookings with the hotel direct you will need to cancel these yourself, accommodation booked through the office has been cancelled 

We thank all our sponsors, members, supporters, and those involved in the conference. The ACF will announce a new date for the National Conference in 2023 shortly.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the office

Educate | Inspire | Renew

Conference Overview

Monday 25th
All Day

Wine Tasting


Welcome Cocktail Party
Crowne Plaza Haven Pool
Tuesday 26th
8am - 5pm
Semillon Ballroom

Trade Show
Semillon Ballroom

6.30pm - 6.45pm
Pre Dinner drinks

7pm - 11pm
Gala dinner
Semillon Ballroom
Wednesday 27th
Semillon Ballroom

Trade Show
Semillon Ballroom

Tour, Workshop & Dinner
Hungerford Meat Co
Thursday 28th
9.30am - 12.30pm
Add On Farm & Winery Tour & Morning Tea
Margan with Lisa Margan

Tuesday Sessions

7.30 Registration Open & Arrival Tea & Coffee

8.20 Delegates Seated

8.30 Master of Ceremonies Welcome -  NSW ACT & Regions Director Julio Azzarello

Welcome to country

ACF President "We are National now"

10.00 Morning Tea

10.30 Australian Cuisine the beginning and the future – Dr Jacqui Newling

11.00 Introduction to unique Ingredients – Panel Discussion

11.45 Australian Dining Trends – Sissel Rosengren

12.30 Lunch

Navigating the Dietary Highway - Panel Session

Difficult challenges the hospitality industry has experienced in the recent years - Panel discussion

4.30 Rare Medium Academy – Sam Burke

5.30 Close

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Gala Dinner

Guest Speaker Lisa Margan

I grew up in Sydney but have lived and worked in the Hunter Valley since I married a winemaker in the late 1980’s. Moving out of a city to take up a rural lifestyle is now called a ‘green change’ but apart from being in love with a winemaker, I mostly went kicking and screaming. Now this beautiful valley is my home. Andrew and I created a business, Margan Wines, based in the picturesque village of Broke. Established in 1997 Margan now boasts a five-star winery, 100 ha of sustainably farmed vineyards, a hatted restaurant and awarded cellar door.

Wednesday Sessions

7.30 Registration Arrival Tea & Coffee

8.00 Delegates seated & welcome Personal Development – Glenn Flood

11.00 Current Climate of Hospitality – Belinda Clarke

12.00 Leeuwin Coast Akoya Presentation - Glenn Dibben & Claire Back

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Global Food Security – Sissel Rosengren

15.00 Formal conclusion and thank you

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Young Chefs Conference

Tuesday 26th July - Thursday 28th July

Tuesday 26th Young chefs will travel from Sydney to the Conference by bus stopping along the at the central coast to visit Tim Eyes who runs several properties. he is going to give you insighton producing cattle, Sam Burke from Rare Medium Academy will be on hand to do a cooking demo for Lunch. Then you will head to the hotel to join the conference. That evening will be the Gala Dinner where Guest Speaker wil be Lisa Margan from Margan

 Wednesday 27th will be full day at the conference with an exciting workshop with Glenn Flood. Late afternoon we wiill all head off the Hungerford Meat Co for Butchery and Smokehouse Masterclass Dinner.

Thursday 28th we are heading to Margan for a winery tour, farm & kitchen garden tour, finishing up with morning tea. Then we will bus you back to Sydney for late afternoon evening flights home.

We have a fabulous opportunity for 1 young chef from each region to attend the conference - ALL expenses paid sponsored by Principal Partner Tabasco. 

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Butchery and Smokehouse Masterclass Dinner

Hungerford Meat Co, Wednesday 27th 4.30pm - 8pm

Hungerford Meat Co has a deep and rich history embedded in the agriculture of the Hunter Valley.

Working with as many small local producers and farmers as possible and taking care to use the whole animal – not just in our fresh cuts in the butcher’s cabinet, but also through our charcuterie and smoked meat range – we found we could better connect local kitchens with the region.

When Michael Robinson took over the butchery in 2016, his direction was clear. His ideals had been formed: sustainably produced, grass-fed where possible, rare breed where available. This is a butcher who has worked from the kitchen backwards, and then from the farm forwards. This is the traditional idea of the butcher, taking a place between the farm and the kitchen

Inclusions for the evening are - Tour, Masterclass, Charcuterie Tasting, Melanda Park pork on a spit, Beverages & Wine Tasting.

The Resort

With 100 acres to explore and enjoy, the 18 hole championship golf course set amongst the vineyards, tennis, basketball and the region’s largest heated pool, the Resort is your playground. Try your hand at volleyball, bocce, croquet, the gymnasium, giant chess and checkers or simply be pampered in the Ubika day spa.
The Hunter Valley is known for great food and wine. Our recipe for wholesome and delicious meals stems from three main ingredients; regionally sourced fresh produce, meticulous attention to detail and a sense of pride in what we create in the kitchen. We strive to support local producers and suppliers. Our Executive Chef sources the best seasonal ingredients from farmers and winemakers across the region and the state.


Crown Plaza Hunter Valley Resort Accommodation

Enjoy the best of the Hunter in one of their 414 luxury villas, rooms or suites. All configurations come with private balconies or courtyards, high speed internet and ergonomic work stations guaranteed to keep you productive.

Get a group together & book a Villa.

Please note that accommodation rooms are subject to hotel availability. Additional breakfasts are $28.00 per person per day when booked at the time the accommodation booking is made. If requested on the day, the normal breakfast price of $39.00 per person per day will apply.


Resort Standard Room
Each king room features a deluxe king bed or two deluxe double beds along with a spacious private bathroom, private balcony or terrace. $286 per night inc 1 breakfast in Redsalt Restaurant.
Deluxe Spa Suite
These beautifully-designed spaces feature 1 king bed & offer even more room for relaxation with a separate lounge and dining area, furnished private balcony or outdoor terrace and lavish private bathroom with a shower and stand-alone spa-jet bath. $286 per night inc. 1 breakfast in Red Salt Restaurant
1 Bedroom Villa is ideal for up to two people giving you a self-contained home feel with private kitchenette, separate lounge and dining area, private bathroom and your own private balcony overlooking the resort. Villa is serviced weekly or upon request (charges apply). 1 king bed or 2 double beds $290   per night inc 1 breakfast in Redsalt Restaurant
Two Bedroom Villa Gives you a self-contained home feel with private kitchenette, separate lounge and dining area, private bathroom and your own private balcony overlooking the resort. Available in King/King or King/Twin Double Bed layouts. Villa is serviced weekly or upon request (charges apply). $456 per night inc 2 breakfasts in Redsalt Restaurant
3 Bedroom Villa
The villa features a private kitchenette, separate lounge and dining area, private bathrooms and your own private balcony or patio overlooking the resort. Villa is serviced weekly or upon request (charges apply). 1 king bed+2 queens OR 1king+1queen+2singles  $535 per night inc 3 breakfasts in Redsalt Restaurant.


We are offering a variety of rates for the Conference in 2022, including individual event costs

Conference Only & Life Members POA

Full Delegate Package Members $700
Non Member $990
Welcome Cocktail Party
2 Full day Conference inc. M/Tea, Lunch , A/Tea, Trade show
Gala Dinner
Hungerford Meat Co Tour, Masterclass & Dinner
2 Day Delegate Package
Members $275
Non Members $350
Conference Tuesday 26th & 27th July inc Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, access to trade show.
1 Day Delegate Package
Member $150
Non Member $220
Conference Tuesday 26th July OR Wednesday 27th Julyinc Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, access to trade show.
Partner Package
Member Partner $450
Non Member Partner $605
Welcome Cocktail Party
Gala Dinner
Hungerford Meat Co, Tour Masterclass & Dinner
Young Chefs Delegate
Members $575
Non Members $660
Arrival Tour
Gala Dinner
1 full Day Conference
Hungerford Meat Co, Tour Masterclass & Dinner
Farm & Winery tour & Morning Tea Margan's Winery
Welcome Cocktail Party
Members $110
Non Members $165.00
Haven Pool, Crown Plaza
Gala Dinner
Members $220
Non Members $275.00
3 Course F&B Package, Crowne Plaza
Hungerford Meat Co
Members $150.00
Non Members  $220.00

Transfers from Hotel, Tour, masterclass, charcuterie tasting, Melanda Park pork on a spit,  beverages, wine tasting.


Food Tour
Members $110
Non Members $165.00
Transfers from Hotel to Margan Winery & Restaurant, Wine Tasting, Farm Tour, Morning Tea
Trade Show Table
$500 per day
Display your product or promote your company to the delegates for one or both days of the conference, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included. The trade show will be set up in the conference room to enable networking with delegates during breaks

Margan Winery & Kitchen Garden Farm Tour

Thursday 28th 10am- Noon

We established our business, Margan in 1996 in the picturesque village of Broke, Hunter Valley which is Australia’s oldest wine region. All Margan wines are Estate Grown and made as well as certified Sustainably Farmed

We have 100 hectares of distinguished Margan vineyards, across two locations

Margan Restaurant offers acclaimed agri-dining and is regionally awarded for its focus on estate grown produce. We planted our Kitchen Garden in 2007 and this has expanded to now be more than a hectare. Over the years we have added an orchard, olive groves, estate reared lambs, bees, and free-range chickens.

So, food and wine are what we love to do here!

This is an add on Tour & includes Winery Tour, Farm Tour & Morning Tea with Lisa Margan