While Victoria takes up only 3% of Australia’s entire landmass, this region is the continent’s top food exporter with 25% of the value of exports compared to Australia’s other states. Indeed, with such over-abundance of F&B production, Victoria is aptly named as the nation’s “food basket”.
The recent Victoria Food and Beverage Trade Week was an opportunity for F&B industry players from other countries in Asia-Pacific to know more about the F&B products cultivated and produced in the Victoria region. Tours, such as the one organised for the media, also gave a more in-depth look on how farmers, wine-makers and other food producers in the region work closely with local chefs to offer visitors and local diners alike exceptional dishes prepared from Victoria’s fresh and sustainably cultivated F&B products.
Zenon Misko, programme coordinator, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and local food writer Richard Cornish (@foodcornish), who both expertly navigated the two-day media tour around the region, explained to FoodBiz Asia’s Millette Manalo-Burgos the importance of Victoria’s fresh produce to chefs nationally and internationally, and how offering dishes made from fresh and sustainable ingredients could elevate their culinary repertoire.