The Australian Wine and Food Show 2010

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The Australian Wine and Food Show 2010 were held on June 4-5 in Ho Chi Minh City to introduce Australian food and wine importers and exporters to each other while showcasing the Vietnamese market.

Talking with Thanh Nien Weekly, Graeme Swift, Australian General Consul in HCMC said this annual event is the occasion for everyone to try wines from different regions in Australia.

"It will give people the opportunity to understand what producers can do with a similar grape variety in terms of style and technique," he said.

Highlights of the show include an Australian Wine Challenge on June 3, and a Gala Dinner on June 4 at the New World Hotel featuring cuisine prepared by famous Australian chef Peter Kuruvita from the iconic restaurant-Flying Fish.

"We will have lamb from Victoria and scallop from Queensland, plus earthy flavors from mushroom. Some of the dishes are simple while other is complicated. I will also introduce a little bit of flavors from Sri Lanka such as coconut salat. I focus on the main ingredients, not the added flavors," said Kuruvita, who is inspired by Sri Lanka cuisine.

An Australian Food and Wine Week has been hosted in the week beginning May 31 2010 at various restaurants around the city offering special set-lunch menu with Australian flavors.

Besides, the Food and Wine Show public day will take place on June 5, 2010 from 12 to 4 p.m. and a trade exhibition will take place on June 4, 2010.

Tickets for the public day are VND200,000 per person, available from Vino (An Phu 1, Road No 2 Thao Dien), Bacchus Corner(158 Pasteur, District 1, HCMC), The Warehouse (178 Pasteur, District 1, HCMC).

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