Food, wine on the ta­ble

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

The State Govern­ment has helped se­cure a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional trade event likely to boost in­vest­ment, cre­ate jobs and ce­ment Vic­to­ria’s place as a food and wine cap­i­tal.

Mel­bourne will host Global Ta­ble – the largest food busi­ness event in Aus­tralia’s his­tory – in Septem­ber next year.

The event will in­volve more than 5000 par­tic­i­pants.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford an­nounced the coup, which will in­volve a se­ries of in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cused busi­ness events that pro­mote Aus­tralia as the destinatio­n for in­vestors and traders to con­nect with busi­ness lead­ers from across the Asia Pa­cific.

Vis­i­tors will at­tend a di­verse pro­gram of events in Mel­bourne and across re­gional Vic­to­ria that meet the needs of au­di­ences, in­clud­ing re­searchers, re­tail­ers, en­trepreneur­s, food buy­ers and in­vestors.

Ms Pul­ford said it would po­si­tion Aus­tralia as an ‘ex­cit­ing destinatio­n to dis­cover in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy and new food prod­ucts’.

Food and Wine Vic­to­ria will present the event – draw­ing on its ex­per­tise from the Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val — as part of the govern­ment’s $15-mil­lion Taste Vic­to­ria pro­gram.

Or­gan­is­ers have al­ready con­firmed they will part­ner with Seeds&chips – The Global Food In­no­va­tion Sum­mit – the world’s lead­ing food in­no­va­tion event.

Taste Vic­to­ria will bol­ster the state’s thriv­ing food and fi­bre in­dus­try and help Vic­to­ria grow its pres­ence in the global food mar­ket and cap­ture ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A grow­ing food and fi­bre mar­kets pro­gram will be key to the con­cept, which aims to grow and safe­guard Vic­to­ria’s high-qual­ity, pre­mium ex­ports.

Ms Pul­ford said Vic­to­ria was the food and wine cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia.

“We’re proud to lead the way – not only in food and fi­bre ex­ports, but in bring­ing the largest food busi­ness and trade event right here to Vic­to­ria,” she said.

Trade and In­vest­ment Min­is­ter Philip Dal­i­dakis said as a govern­ment, it had set an am­bi­tious tar­get to grow food and fi­bre ex­ports to $2-bil­lion by 2030.

Food and Wine Vic­to­ria chair­man Radek Sali said Mel­bourne was the ideal destinatio­n for the ‘glob­ally im­por­tant’ event.

“From our farms, winer­ies, brew­eries and lab­o­ra­to­ries to our cafes, mar­kets, restau­rants and bars, I’ve got no doubt in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors will be im­pressed by what they ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing Global Ta­ble,” he said.

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