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9:30am - 3:30pm, February 26 @ Craft & Co.

MCF Symposium is a day of curated talks, panels and workshops from some of the biggest names in Australia’s hospitality scene.

An opportunity to learn and hang out with the industry’s most innovative thinkers.

Martin Hudak

Mr Black

"What comes after the espresso martini?"

Driven by a love of coffee culture and good drinking, Martin Hudak acts as a bridge between bars, bartenders, baristas, and coffee lovers the world ov... read more
Sharon Flynn

The Fermentary

"Watch Your Bac(teria)."

With a mission to bring a variety of fermented food and drinks into homes everywhere, Sharon Flynn is considered a foremost authority on fermentation.... read more
Sandor Ellix Katz

The Art of Fermentation

"Watch Your Bac(teria)."

Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist, a James Beard award recipient, and "one of the unlikely rockstars of the American food scene" (so says... read more
Agostino Perrone & Giorgio Bargiani

The Connaught

"The art of mixing well redefined."

Since 2008, under the watchful gaze of Director of Mixology Ago Perrone, The Connaught Bar in London has become a cocktail destination for introducing... read more
Jaye O’Dwyer

Behind Bars

"Future of bar design."

Jaye O’Dwyer has over 10 years experience in Architecture and Interior Design, having worked in Australia and Scandinavia. Jaye has a passion for desi... read more
Monica Brown

Lotus International

"What happens when you publicly fuck up?"

Director of international communications agency Lotus International, Monica Brown is renowned worldwide for her management work with some of the world... read more
Tyson Koh

Keep Sydney Open

"The Legal Age. Drinkers are voters too!"

Keep Sydney Open is an NSW political party, formed in response to the lockout laws and their effect on venues and the night-time economy. As KSO's fou... read more
Paige Aubort

Coleman's Academy

"Empathy is your Identity."

Paige Aubort founded Coleman's Academy, the first national mentorship program for female bartenders in Australia in 2015,

These past fe...
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Jane Lopes


"The Excellence Fallacy."

Jane Lopes is the wine director of Attica. An American-born sommelier, she has worked at some of the most prestigious places to get a drink in the US,... read more
Dervilla McGowan

Anther Spirits

"The Secret Life of Botanicals."

Derv left bartending to become a Scientist and like the rest of her scientific breed she enjoys mucking about with things to see how they work. This m... read more
Alex Dowd, Jeremy Blackmore, Alex Gilmour

Cantina OK!

"You've been tasting spirits wrong."

Alex Dowd and Jeremy Blackmore began working together over a decade ago as Sydney underwent a seismic shift in the hospitality scene. Together they ha... read more

Industry Leaders

Highlights include Fermentation experts Sandor Katz and Sharon Flynn in conversation, Agostino Perrone & Giorgio Bargiani will be delivering a masterclass in hospitality, and Tyson Koh of Keep Sydney Open will talk about the future of Australian Bars. A day of interactive and engaging activities and learnings, essential for those working or interested in the cocktail industry.

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