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Exploring Australian flavor and culture in HCMC

By Kim Ngan

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HCMC – Taste of Australia 2024 is taking place on May 11-12 at Le Van Tam Park in District 1, HCMC. This year’s event marks its first opening to the public, providing an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience Australian cuisine and culture.

During the two-day event, visitors can savor typical dishes infused with Australian flavors, prepared by skilled chefs. Activities for children and family are also hosted at the event to create the bustling and vibrant atmosphere.

Besides entertainment activities, visitors can discover study opportunities in Australia. Renowned universities participating in the event will offer detailed information on programs, scholarships, and procedures for studying in Australia.

Several Australian food stalls at the event

A bowl of “phở” made with Australian chicken
A little girl gets her face painted
Children enjoy their time at the coloring station

Taste of Australia 2024 aims to introduce the rich cuisine, diverse culture and attractive study abroad opportunities in Australia to Vietnamese citizens and visitors, said Sarah Hooper, consul general of Australia in HCMC. It also bolsters Australia’s international reputation as a provider of high-quality, safe, and sustainable food and beverages.

Nguyen Van Dung, vice chairman of HCMC People’s Committee, stated that Taste of Australia has become a crucial link connecting people from Vietnam and Australia through cultural exchanges and business for years. This year’s event holds even greater significance as it occurs in the context of both nations elevating their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership in March.

Sarah Hooper, consul general of Australia in HCMC, delivers her opening remarks

Vietnamese Australian chef Tommy Pham, ambassador of Taste of Australia 2024, staged a cooking show using zero-waste ingredients. This presents visitors with a unique opportunity to delve into the sustainable and eco-friendly culinary trends.

Vietnamese Australian chef Tommy Pham in his zero-waste cooking demonstration
Tommy Pham introduces one of the ingredients to Nguyen Van Dung, vice chairman of HCMC People’s Committee, and Sarah Hooper, consul general of Australia in HCMC

The event features a special performance by Tribal Experiences from Queensland, Australia, who shares their ancient and unique cultural of Australia’s indigenous people through traditional dances. It also has the performance by students of Western Sydney University and a live band.

Tribal Experiences teaches dance moves to some of the audience
Tribal Experiences interacts with visitors

Notably, seven waste sorting stations of the ECO Solutions Vietnam Waste Station Project are set up at the event with an aim of effectively managing waste and categorize recyclable materials, thereby minimizing negative impacts on the environment. The project aims to create a meaningful space where visitors can engage in waste classification, contributing to environmental protection.

One of the seven waste sorting stations at the event
Volunteers from the project instruct a visitor on waste classification
A booth of VietHarvest, a social enterprise that collects quality surplus food and redistributes it to underserved communities in Vietnam

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