More than 1,000 guests attended Taste of Australia’s Big BBQ at Hanoi’s Imperial Citadel of Thanh Long on August 22 to celebrate Australian food, beverages, and culture, and to mark the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between Australia and Vietnam.
The menu for the Big BBQ was curated by Taste of Australia Ambassador, top Australian chef Luke Nguyen, who opened the festivities at a BBQ station featuring renowned Australian lamb, grilled on a carousel created especially for the event.
“This is the largest event being held this year to mark the 50th anniversary and one of the biggest food and drink festivals Vietnam has seen. I’m excited and inspired to be here promoting the excellence of Australia’s produce,” said Luke.
As well as the fire-roasted lamb, guests enjoyed Australian salmon cooked on a cedar plank, 6-hour cooked Australian beef ribs, and kangaroo 'snags', or sausages, along with Australian wine, spirits, and juices. The event also featured a showcase of Australian packaged produce available in Vietnam and a stand promoting Australian education.
Guests were treated to a performance from Indigenous Australian performer, Thelma Plum, who had travelled to Hanoi to promote Australia’s rich culture.
The event coincided with a visit from Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong.
“Australians love Vietnamese food, and this was a great chance to give our friends in Vietnam a taste of Australia’s outstanding food,” said Minister Wong. “The BBQ was also an opportunity to mark 50 years of relations between our nations, which are underpinned by longstanding people-to-people ties, as well as our trade and economic links and peacekeeping relationship.”
The event was also attended by Hoang Thanh Tung, chair of the National Assembly Legal Affairs Committee and chair of the Vietnam-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Taste of Australia is an annual series of events organised by the Australian government in Vietnam to bring together producers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and organisations in both Vietnam and Australia to showcase the best Australia has to offer.
The Citadel is one of Hanoi’s most iconic and important historical locations. A UNESCO heritage listed site, the complex was constructed during the 11th century and served as a key political and military base of power for successive Vietnamese dynasties.
| ||TH Group showing the way in Vietnam-Australia ties |
TH Group is contributing to the flourishing investment cooperation between Vietnam and Australia, with its large-scale agricultural projects benefiting both economies.
| ||Australian investor poised to inject $60-100 million into Hoa Binh Construction Group |
Hoa Binh Construction Group has garnered interest from four potential partners for share issuance, including an Australian to is ready to invest $60-100 million. The group is focusing on capital mobilisation, debt recovery, loan restructuring, and divestment from underperforming subsidiaries.
| ||Vietnam beefs up multifaceted cooperation with Singapore, Australia |
Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Tran Tuan Anh hosted separate receptions for Singaporean Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski in Hanoi on July 5.
| ||ASEAN’s deal with Australia and New Zealand sees added benefit |
Vietnam will enjoy more advantages when expanding its trade and investment cooperation with Australia and New Zealand through amendments to a multilateral free trade deal between ASEAN and these two nations.
| ||Malaysia blocks live cattle imports from Australia after skin disease scare |
Malaysia has temporarily suspended live cattle and buffalo imports from Australia, the Australian government said, days after Indonesia paused some imports after lumpy skin disease (LSD) was detected in a small number of cattle after arrival.