During the recent Victoria Food and Beverage Trade week, visitors from all over Asia and other parts of the world gathered in Melbourne, Australia to sample what the best in F&B produce that the Victoria region has to offer.
With its agricultural exports continuing to grow, Australia’s Victoria State is eyeing more export markets for its diverse range of produce, including meat, grain, fruit and vegetables, and dairy products. Important markets for the region include China and South-east Asia.
Delegates to the event were not only treated to an exhibition of food and beverages from various Victorian farms and producers but were encouraged to taste the tantalising dishes prepared by local chefs using Victorian produce.
One of these ‘chefs’ was Philip Dalidakis, Australia’s Minister for Trade & Investment, Innovation & the Digital Economy and Small Business, who demonstrated to guests how locally sourced and sustainable mussels from Bay Sea Farms, can be turned into a mouth-watering dish with the help of butter (from Victoria, of course) and salt.
After his ‘culinary performance’ FoodBiz Asia’s Millette Manalo-Burgos, who was at the Victoria Food and Beverage Trade week, got a chance to interview Minister Dalidakis, who gamely revealed why he felt inspired to cook for the delegates.