McIvor Times

BENDIGO FEATURED IN NEW TV SERIES WITH CELEBRITY CHEFS

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Bendigo and the region’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is celebrated in a new SBS Food TV series presented by celebrity chefs Adam Liaw and Poh Ling Yeow, started Thursday, October 7.

Adam and Poh’s Malaysia in Australia cooking series brings the two celebrity

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Bendigo is the only Victorian city to feature in the six-part series which will be broadcast in Australia on SBS Food at 8.30pm Thursdays from Ocotber 7. It will also be promoted and aired in Malaysia and across Asia in 2022, targeting millions of potential viewers.

The City of Greater Bendigo is proud to be a funding partner with Tourism Australia for the show which is part of the Australia Now VHULHV D 'HSDUWPHQW RI )RUHLJQ $൵DLUV DQG Trade initiative to enhance internatio­nal trade and tourism ties.

During the series, Mr Liaw discovers Bendigo and the region’s diverse food culture and produce. The celebrity chef visits award-winning restaurant­s Malayan Orchid and Masons of Bendigo and spends time at micro greens producer B&B Basil. Mr Liaw also tours the Great Stupa, the Bendigo Community Thursday Farmers Market, and ¿QGV D VSRW LQ &KDQFHU\ /DQH WR FRRN XS D famous Malaysian herbed rice salad using local produce to make a unique Bendigo dish.

City Manager Tourism and Major Events Terry Karamaloud­is said the City was heavily involved in the initiative to promote Bendigo and the region’s City of Gastronomy status as part of a new marketing drive to attract visitors from across Australia and to inspire Malaysian and Asian tourists to visit Greater Bendigo and the region in the future.

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Adam Liaw said the series was a valuable opportunit­y to highlight the connection­s between Australia and Malaysia.

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