SA dishes up premium food and wine at Asia’s premier theme park

10 March 2015

South Australia’s delicious premium food and wine is now on the restaurant menus at one of the world’s most popular theme parks as part of a special celebration of the state’s produce.

Visitors to Ocean Park in Hong Kong will sample an array of dishes featuring South Australian ingredients at the Adventures in Australia Food & Beverage and Retail promotional event.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the showcase was a fantastic opportunity to promote South Australia’s food and beverage credentials to a key export market.

“Ocean Park is a hugely popular tourism and conservation themed amusement park that attracts almost eight million visitors each year,” Mr Bignell said

“This food and wine promotion is part of a series of activities to celebrate the official unveiling of the $5 million Adventures in Australia Exhibit at the end of March, with South Australian koalas the star attractions.

“The koalas were raised at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills before they were last year transferred to their new home at Ocean Park.

“It is fantastic visitors to Ocean Park will be given a true taste of South Australia, they can see the koalas and they can indulge in some of our best food and wine.

“China is the leading destination for South Australian food exports, and the market continues to grow.
“Having South Australian ingredients and dishes on the menus at Asia’s premier theme park is a tremendous opportunity for visitors to see for themselves why our produce is world class.”

The menus have strong South Australian influences, with the western menu being designed by Nigel Rich, Executive Chef from McLaren Vale restaurant the Elbow Room. Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment International Ambassador, chef Wong Wing Chee, devised the Chinese menu. The special menus will be available until May 2015.

Today’s event marks the start of Mr Bignell’s five day trade mission to Hong Kong and Shandong – Adelaide’s sister state in China.

Mr Bignell will visit influential Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong to outline a potential premium food, wine and tourism experience in South Australia to its members.

During his three day visit to Qingdao in Shandong, he will meet with key Qingdao agriculture government officials to discuss opportunities in the agriculture and tourism sectors.

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