Viet­nam cel­e­brates Aus­tralian cui­sine

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

AUS­TRALIAN wine, food and cul­ture are the toast of the town in Viet­nam dur­ing April as it wel­comes the third an­nual Taste of Aus­tralia event, the Food and Wine Jour­ney.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud took part in the cel­e­bra­tions and joined key Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tors and re­tail­ers to show­case the best Aus­tralia has to of­fer.

“From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, peo­ple across Viet­nam cel­e­brate great Aussie wine and food through­out the month of April,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“Our wine, bread, sausages, pulled lamb, macadamias, cheeses and grapes will be topped off by a cheeky Tim Tam, I’m sure.

“The event to­day had a strong wine fo­cus and of­fers wine ex­porters, re­tail­ers and dis­trib­u­tors a chance to build their brand and tap into grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in one of the world’s most dy­namic mar­kets.

“Big-name wines like McGuigan and Wolf Blass were tasted, along­side some new play­ers like Moss and Wood.

“Around 500 guests were at the event to sam­ple the best Aus­tralian food and wine we have to of­fer and raise a glass to 45 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween our two coun­tries.

“Aus­tralian wine ex­ports to Viet­nam reached $5.8 mil­lion in 2016–17 in a de­vel­op­ing mar­ket, tipped to grow off the back of con­tin­ued tech­ni­cal mar­ket ac­cess.

“Aus­tralian wine cur­rently at­tracts a 50 per cent tar­iff but thanks to the world’s largest-ever re­gional trade agree­ment, the TPP-11, the tar­iff will be re­duced to zero over 11 years.

“Aus­tralian beef, lamb, dairy, wheat, su­gar, wool, wine and hor­ti­cul­ture prod­ucts are also on show through­out the Taste of Aus­tralia events dur­ing the month of April.”

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.tas­te­o­faus­tralia.com.vn.

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