After being postponed three times prior, Napier Conferences & Events hosted the 46th Business Event Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) AGM and Annual Conference last month, which saw 150 people from across the industry visit Hawke’s Bay to attend.
Conference and Events Manager, Jacqui D’Ath said it was great to kick back into gear and host a successful and well received event after a challenging couple of years for the sector.
“As part of the conference we hosted a Hawke’s Bay style ‘long lunch’ which was kept as a surprise for the delegates until the day.” She said Dish Foods impressed guests with a line-up of beautifully presented gourmet local produce. “The main affairs included a slow cooked beef cheek served with horseradish, creamy onion jam, merlot jus and chimichurri, as well as a decadent pork belly accompanied by pumpkin miso, black barley, pickled cranberries, pink onion & coriander.”
The cuisine was nicely complimented by beautiful table settings and a luxurious ambience. Jacqui said guests were welcomed with a Pineapple and Lime Giblet cocktail on arrival and were treated to a performance from local artist Daniel Munroe who played throughout the duration of the lunch.
“To top it off, and to give delegates a teaser as to what would come at the Gala dinner, Art Deco Trust Convertible Coup, “Connie” was on show at the lunch as well.”
Themed ‘Ignite the Future’, BEIA’s first conference for the New Zealand industry in three years enabled delegates to reconnect in an energising environment, and start the conversations around the challenges opportunities and business models needed for the events sector, ahead.
28 November 2022