Record Trade Show attendance and new speakers announced for Hort Connections 2023

Preparations for Hort Connections 2023 are well underway, with the Trade Show sold out two months before the doors open, new speakers and events added to the event program, and AUSVEG opening funding opportunities for growers to attend the event.

This not-to-be-missed event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from June 5-7, 2023, and will explore the theme of “Knowledge for Growth” to ensure the industry is primed to take advantage of the next generation of research, technology, and business innovation to grow the production and value of the horticulture industry.

Trade Show – sold out
The Hort Connections Trade Show is officially sold out, with over 200 exhibitors taking part in the event to showcase the latest technologies, products, and services to Australian fruit and vegetable growers.

“The Hort Connections Trade Show is a highlight for many Hort Connections delegates, particularly for the many growers who attend the event to see the latest innovations and technologies that are available to make their businesses more productive and profitable,” said AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre.

“Trade Show floor space has been quickly snapped up by exhibitors, who see the value in being involved in the largest event in the Australian horticulture sector.”

Award Nominations
Nominations are open for the Australian and New Zealand horticulture industry’s most prestigious recognition, the Horticulture Awards for Excellence, which recognizes the outstanding contributions that individuals and companies make to the nation’s fruit, vegetable, nursery, and cut floral sectors.

The annual awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, during the Hort Connections 2023 Gala Dinner, cover a range of areas in horticulture, including recognizing remarkable growers in multiple categories, as well as researchers, sustainability practices, innovative agribusinesses, and the industry’s leading exporters. The Hort Connections Gala Dinner is sponsored by J-Tech Systems.

“There are 10 awards categories that will be presented as part of the Horticulture Awards for Excellence, including the highly coveted Syngenta Grower of the Year, Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year, and Hort Innovation Exporter of the Year awards,” said Mr. McIntyre.

“I encourage growers and industry members to nominate themselves or their colleagues for consideration before the Friday, April 28, 2023 deadline.”

Speaker Updates
A number of speakers have been confirmed for Hort Connections 2023, including:

  • Chef, restauranteur, food writer, and Australian food champion Stephanie Alexander
  • Former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer at Lonely Plant Gus Balbontin
  • Chief Science Officer at the International Fresh Produce Association Max Teplitski
  • Global Food Futurist Tony Hunter

For more information on the event’s speakers, please visit"

Grower Funding available
AUSVEG is pleased to announce funding available for growers to attend the Hort Connections conference and associated satellite events!

AUSVEG is offering funding support of up to $1,000 reimbursement for eligible expenses, including a Grower All Access Passes to attend the conference, accommodation associated with the conference, and flights. Funding is strictly limited. For local South Australian growers, there is up to a $750 reimbursement for eligible expenses (Grower All Access Passes to attend the conference and accommodation associated with the conference).

Growers looking to take advantage of this funding opportunity can contact AUSVEG on 03 9882 0277 or email

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