Conventions & Symposia

Asia Pacific Convention 2023

37th Asia Pacific IBD Convention: Adelaide, March 20 – 23 2023

On behalf of the Asia Pacific Section of The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) and as Chairman of the upcoming Adelaide 37th Asia Pacific convention, we invite you to be part of this memorable event.

This is our opportunity to revitalise and showcase once again the value and enjoyment of our convention.  

All of us had faced and dealt with a very difficult set of circumstances brought about by COVID-19, but hopefully this convention allows us to reconnect face to face with old friends and colleagues and create new friendships among members of our brewing and distilling community, whilst being enlightened with knowledge and new technologies associated in our industry.

This convention has special meaning as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Section, which was inaugurated here in Adelaide the capital city of South Australia back in August 1953. We are honouring this milestone by way of our Convention theme “Celebrating 70 years, embracing our history and innovating for a sustainable future”. We encourage our brewing community both local and abroad to adopt and share this theme during the convention.

Our main agenda is to deliver a technical and social programme for local, national, and international delegates involved in the brewing, distilling and associated industries.

This will be a 3-day convention from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd March 2023, bookended by a welcoming function on the Monday and a farewell event on the Friday of that week.

The last Adelaide convention was held in 2002 and since then our city has grown and developed a vibrant scene of craft brewing and distilling that is on par if not the best Australia can offer. Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia for those of you who wish to experience the charms of our wine regions before or after the convention. Also known as the festival state, Adelaide is rich in arts and cultural venues that is surrounded by scenic parklands as well as offering some of Australia’s best pristine beaches and coastal towns. There are several arts and musical events happening before the convention, including WOMADelaide (10th – 13th March 2023) and The Adelaide Festival (3rd – 19th March 2023) not to mention the Fringe Festival, that delegates may wish to see during their visit.

We have chosen the world-renowned sporting venue of Adelaide Oval to hold the convention as this historic ground offers not only the facilities for lectures and supplier exhibitions but other unique experiences of Stadium tours, a thrilling RoofClimb and the best dining experience a top restaurant can offer whilst overlooking the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval. We have secured rooms at the Oval Hotel for guests to stay during the convention to offer convenience but there are other suitable accommodations in the city centre, which is only within walking distance of Adelaide Oval.

Information regarding sponsorships, exhibitions, calls for abstracts and delegate registration will be announced in the coming months.

DR JON MENESES, CONVENTION CHAIRMAN