Gourmets to meet safely at Riga Food 2021 in September!

The Baltics’ major food fair “Riga Food 2021” this year takes place at Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre in Riga three days – from 9 to 11 September. To ensure that visitors and participants could enjoy the exhibition safely and effectively establishing new contacts and cooperation, tasting, testing and comparing products, enjoying shows, participating in competitions and masterclasses, and boosting their businesses – green passes will be required to participate in of attend “Riga Food 2021”. *
"Given all the restrictions, it is important for us to find a solution to hold the exhibition this year thus allowing the representatives of the food industry to meet and communicate freely in person. Last year, when all food exhibitions were cancelled across Europe, running “Riga Food 2020” was a success. In order to reduce the risk of cancelling the exhibition, we will hold “Riga Food 2021” in the safe mode. Although the year of the pandemic has brought many challenges, it is gratifying that new innovative products and technologies have been created, which will also be available at the exhibition,” points out Rolands Nežborts, a manager of “Riga Food”.

Although “Riga Food 2021” will only be open to business representatives from countries with a Covid-19 certificate interoperable in the European Union, we expect that about 300 companies from more than 15 countries ? Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain - will present their goods and services in the exhibition this year.

Meet Latvian producers at the National Stand of Latvia
Dairy and meat products, bread, biscuits, spices, sweets, candies, syrups, jelly, many other high-quality and delicious food products made in Latvia will be available for tasting and purchase at “Riga Food 2021” in the National Stand of Latvia.

This year the National Stand of Latvia features the Ādaži Meat House, Nākotne Meat Processing Company, the largest potato starch producer in the Baltic States - Aloja Starkelsen, the production and wholesale company Valežs, Jaunpils Dairy and Rāmkalni Nordeco. Members of the Latvian Bakers’ Association - Dona, Lāči, N. Bomis bakery Lielezers, Hanzas maiznīca, Saldus maiznieks, Priekules maiznīca, Puratos Latvia and Lanordija, an Orkla Group company will represent the Latvian bread and confectionery producers.

“We’ve had a difficult and unpredictable time, however we haven’t put aside, even for a moment, our concerns about consumers and employees. While dealing with the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, bakers have found time and strength for creativity and innovation. We have sorted through our assortment, reassessed the nutritional value of our products and created new ones in both bread and confectionery product groups. To show our customers that everything is in progress, we have decided to take part in the exhibition together with our long-term partners and will gladly meet every visitor,” tells Kārlis Zemešs, a chairman of the Latvian Bakers’ Association.

Visitors to the Innovation Stand will have an opportunity to see the latest products and solutions developed by Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian entrepreneurs and food scientists.

International Matchmaking Event
Representatives of food companies, foods and technology producers and distributors are invited to participate in the digital International Matchmaking Event organised by the Latvian Technological Centre from 8 to 10 September. Registration is open until 9 September, so do not miss your chance! Register: https://riga-food-2021-virtual-business.b2match.io/

Riga Food Kitchen Table Conversations
The “Riga Food 2021” exhibition will have an open kitchen and a cosy lounge offering two days of meetings with chefs, food professionals and entrepreneurs. In the lounge, you will not only be able to enjoy different flavours tasting what each of these guests would offer, but also to learn delicious recipes and draw inspiration from personal success stories. You are welcome to meet Svetlana Riškova, a chairperson of Chefs’ Club, Deniss Ivankovs, a member of Chefs’ Club. Moderator of the Riga Food Kitchen Table Conversations ? Aivars Mackēvičs, a manager of travelnews.lv

BBQ Park
Launched last year, the Riga Food BBQ Park is a tradition to stay! All three days, a tempting aroma of grilled food will fill the exhibition grounds. The programme includes grilling competitions, chili eating competitions, masterclasses, tastings, etc. Visitors to the exhibition will get information about all types of grills and receive expert advice.

New products

“Riga Food” is the best place to get information on new foods, which are sometimes still in the development phase. Visitors can test and taste them and express their opinion allowing developers to improve their products. This year, Lielezers Bakery will offer SEA FOOD gluten-free seed snacks with pizza and cheddar cheese flavour. RBI will present a number of new products containing red palm oil, including the delicious Gold Cream treat with candied orange peels. Saldus Bakery will offer hemp bread, Dona — a wheat bread with butter and curd, and a bread soup. Puratos Latvia will introduce visitors to low calorie jams. The Polish company JETTING SYSTEMS Robert Karabon will present new Popcrop brand vegan protein chips. Read more about other new products: www.rigafood.lv

”Riga Food” is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1. Read more: www.bt1.lv

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Opening hours:
9–10 September 10.00–18.00
11 September 10.00–17.00

Entrance fee – EUR 3
Free entry for pre-registered food professionals!
Parking ticket: EUR 5

* In line with the epidemiological safety rules, exhibitions attended only by persons who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or have had Covid-19 during the last half-year shall be regarded green or safe environment. The green safety mode is most closely aligned to the time before the pandemic – neither the exhibition participants nor visitors will need to wear face and mouth covering, respect physical distancing, nor the number of visitors and opening hours will be limited.