Delegate registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2019, the biggest business and networking destination for the Australian horticulture industry, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 24-26 June 2019.

This not-to-be-missed event will explore the theme of “Growing our Food Future”, bringing together thousands of attendees from the local and international horticulture supply chain to discuss on-farm and supply chain practices, review consumer behaviour and consumption trends, and focus on the future of food production.

Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ). These annual events have rapidly become a central fixture in the Australian and New Zealand horticulture calendar, with over 3,250 delegates expected to walk through the doors of the 2019 conference.

The Hort Connections 2019 conference will incorporate unparalleled networking opportunities for everyone in the horticulture supply chain, a trade show showcasing leading local and global businesses, and world-class speakers.

As part of the registration launch, AUSVEG and PMA A-NZ are excited to announce the first confirmed speaker: celebrity chef, author, TV presenter and MasterChef winner Adam Liaw, sharing his expert insights into trends in the food service sector.

Hort Connections 2019 is being supported by the Victorian government, with Agriculture Victoria signing up as the State Partner. Victoria has a booming horticulture sector with a combined value of over $2 billion, which is supported through initiatives like the Victorian government’s Horticulture Innovation Fund.

Hort Connections 2018 was an industry-shaping event for Australian horticulture, and included:

  • Around 3,000 delegates from domestic and international horticulture, with visitors from over 30 countries.
  • Over 1,300 attendees at the Hort Connections Gala Dinner.
  • A massive trade show showcasing over 200 local and global supply chain companies.
  • Over 15 world-class speaker sessions, research presentations and panel discussions.

Delegates can register online at the following address:

Quotes attributable to AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre:

“We’re proud that Hort Connections has become such a huge event for the horticulture industry, thanks to support from growers and other delegates who are returning year after year to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.”

“Next year’s Hort Connections conference in Melbourne is being designed to deliver as much value as possible for growers and everyone else in the horticulture supply chain, from presenting world-leading research to offering a huge range of business opportunities on the trade show floor.”

“We’ve already seen more than a third of the trade show floor snapped up by exhibitors and we’re more than seven months out from the event, so we’re excited to offer what’s turning into a massive business and networking space.”

“We’re looking forward to hearing Adam’s first-hand insights into food service trends. As businesses at every point in the horticulture supply chain become more sophisticated, this will definitely be a can’t-miss session for delegates.”

“Anyone thinking about attending Hort Connections 2019 should take advantage of the early bird rates on offer and register for what’s shaping up to be an industry-leading event.”

Shaun Lindhe – AUSVEG National Manager – Communications
Phone: Phone: 03 9882 0277, Mobile: 0405 977 789, Email: