Australian Food, Wine showcased

The 2009 Australian Food and Wine Show was opened at the New World Hotel Saigon on May 29, showcasing over 150 premium wine labels from Australia.

Mr. Tran Quang Dung (2nd L), the Director of HCMC Department of External Relations, Graeme Swift, Australian Consul General in HCMC (2nd R) cut the ribbon to open the 2009 Australian Food and Wine Show at New World Hotel (Photo: Truong Son) 
This year’s show, which also presents some of Australia’s finest foods, will have two smaller shows: one at noon May 29 for businesspeople and at noon May 30 for the general public.

The show will draw together leading Australian food and wine importers in HCMC, and provide opportunities for both commercial buyers and members of the public to sample a broad range of high quality Australian wines.

Tickets costs VND180,000 (US$10).

The event also has a gala dinner in the evening of May 29, featuring foods prepared by the top chef, Paul MacMahon, from the Australia’s Catalina Restaurant.

Besides some set wines for the menu, the gala dinner will also present five wining wines from the Wine Challenge, which took place on May 28.

The winning wines are: Frankland Estate ‘Poison Hill Vineyard’ 2006 (Riesling), Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2007 (Chardonnay), Knappstein Three 2008 (White Blend), St Hallett ‘Faith’ 2007 (Shiraz), Sandalford Estate Reserve 2007 (Carbernet Sauvignon) and Stonier Pinot Noir 2007 (Red Blend).

Two selected Vietnamese dishes complementing the wines will be Goi Ngo Sen Tom Thit (prawn and pork lotus shoot salad) and Bo Kho (Southern Vietnamese five spice beef stew).

Tickets for the gala dinner are US$120 per person, or US$1,100 for a table of ten.

The second annual Australian Food and Wine Show is sponsored by the Australian Consulate, ANZ Bank, the budget air carrier Jetstar, The Word magazine and the Australian marketing agency Red.

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By Truong Son

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