FOOD AND BEVERAGE THE AUSTRALIAN PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

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Australia’s world-class gastronomy is on show at the Australian Pavilion, as part of Expo 2020 Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Iconic Australian cuisine and beverages are on offer alongside a range of events, demonstrations and competitions as part of the pavilion’s 140+ events program. Guests will receive an unforgettable taste of Australian life and culture with the opportunity to sample unique food and beverages in the forecourt eateries, featuring gourmet Australian produce Tim Tams, Vegemite and Milo on the menu among other Aussie classics.

A Masterclass-style Junior Chef competition is also being held, featuring renowned chefs working alongside teams of school students, promoting ways of minimising food waste in support of the UN’s #StopTheWaste campaign.

The world is invited to experience the nation’s unmatched hospitality, cuisine and 60,000 year-old history through stories and flavours at the Australian Pavilion.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Australian Pavilion event program consists of five food and beverage events over six months 
  • The pavilion offers Australian-inspired food and beverages in the open forecourt, including sausage-sizzle style bao buns and Bega cheese and Vegemite toasties, to a gourmet selection of prawn laksa, braised lamb shank pies and more
  • Throughout Expo, the pavilion’s food and beverage offering is expected to use: 
    • 6 tonnes of Bega cheese including 104,000 cheese stringers 
    • 2.5 tonnes of Industry Beans Coffee air-freighted monthly 
    • 60,000 litres of MILKLAB milk (dairy and alternative) 
    • 25,569 Tim Tam biscuits and 2,592 Caramello Koala chocolates
    • 400kg of Milo chocolate powder
    • 240 jars of Vegemite 
    • 14 tonnes of True Aussie beef and lamb  
  • The pavilion has an extensive program of events where guests will enjoy bespoke Australian menus designed to showcase the incredible tastes of Australia, cooked by in-house chefs in the pavilion’s commercial kitchen
  • Five high-profile Australian chefs are scheduled to appear as part of the Celebrity Chef’s Program including Janine Booth, Mindy Woods, Greg Malouf, Diane Chan (from MasterChef Australia) and Aaron Brooks
  • Janine Booth and Aaron Brooks are being supported by Australian Pavilion partner Meat and Livestock Australia, and Greg Malouf by platinum partner Global Victoria, to showcase the best of Australian talent and produce
  • Beverages are served in reusable and recyclable cups with single-use bottles used
  • Water coolers are situated throughout the pavilion to ensure guests can reuse their water bottles and stay hydrated.

SPOKESPERSON QUOTES

Justin McGowan, Commissioner General of Australia at Expo 2020 Dubai, says:

“The experience of the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will instantly transport guests to Australia, designed to invigorate all senses including taste. 

“The pavilion’s selection of food, coffee, wine, beer, cocktails and snacks have been meticulously chosen to portray life in Australia, showcasing the world-class culinary our country has to offer.

“The world will have an opportunity to enjoy Australia’s unmatched gastronomy and see why Australia is a destination of choice to live and visit.

“Founded on 60,000 years of history, culture, storytelling and food, we invite the world to come and enjoy the spirit and nature of true Australian hospitality at Expo 2020 Dubai.” 

KEY EVENTS AT THE AUSTRALIAN PAVILION

To highlight Australia’s culinary heritage and tackle global food challenges, a series of food and beverage related events, competitions and forums will be held as part of the pavilion’s six-month program including many within Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Week held 20-26 February:

  • UoW Cocktail Function — 15/16 February 2022 (TBC), presented by the University of Wollongong 
  • Gulfood 20-25 February 2022
  • State Government Event, presented by Global Victoria — 20 February 2022
  • Junior Chef competition, presented by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program Foundation — 21 February 2022
  • Kitchen Garden Exchange Finale (Junior Masterchef-style activation with celebrity chefs) — 21 February 2022, presented by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program

FOOD AND BEVERAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN PAVILION 

The pavilion showcases the best of Australian cuisine, from the outlets in the forecourt, to the special events catered from the state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. 

The front of the pavilion site features an open forecourt and gathering space, which transports guests to the beaches, parks and barbecue settings of Australia. 

Alongside the tastes of traditional Aussie fare, such as Vegemite and cheese toasties and the iconic Aussie meat pie, a gourmet selection of tucker will be on offer, featuring laksa with Australian prawns and — last but not certainly least — sausage-sizzle style bao buns. 

The outlets featured in the pavilion forecourt include: 

  • Melbourne Lane will be roasting Australia’s renowned coffee daily, along with traditional Aussie fare such as Bega cheese and Vegemite toasties, ‘avo’ toasties, braised lamb shank pies, and true Aussie beef sausage rolls.
  • The Local Aussie Grill’s fine selection of Aussie tucker, featuring laksa with Australian prawns and sausage-sizzle style bao buns. 
  • The Local Aussie Bar serves Australian wine from Treasury Wine Estate including Wolf Blass, 19 Crimes, Mountain Goat, Little Creatures among other beverages, alongside bespoke Australian-themed cocktails such as Aussie and Stormy and Australian Lemon Myrtle Punch, with a wide range of thirst quenching non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’. Grazing platters of Australian charcuterie, cheese, dried fruits and nuts will be available to beautifully complement the beverage offerings. 
  • Pana Organic will have the scoop on vegan, organic, allergy-friendly ice cream from Melbourne.

Highly skilled and passionate baristas will be serving Expo visitors a true taste of Melbourne at the forecourt’s Melbourne Lane. A Melbourne-grown Industry Beans espresso blend aptly named ‘Fitzroy Street’ will be on offer, along with cold brew and Aussie treats and desserts.

CELEBRITY CHEF’S PROGRAM 

As one of the few country pavilions to feature a fully equipped on-site commercial kitchen, the Australian Pavilion has cooked up its very own Celebrity Chef’s Program. The program will showcase five high-profile chefs, including Janine Booth, Mindy Woods, Greg Malouf, Diane Chan (from MasterChef Australia) and Aaron Brooks, to shine a mouthwatering spotlight on Australian food, culture, quality produce and world-class culinary talent through a series of menus and events.

Each month throughout Expo, a different chef will be brought to Dubai for five to seven days to demonstrate and share their passion and skill with the world. Events will include live cooking demonstrations, interactive cooking workshops, VIP dinner events and walking tasting tours. Chefs will design their very own Menu of the Month to be served within the Australian Pavilion’s VIP function areas.

KEY PARTNERS 

Australia is delighted to be working with key partners across the government, hospitality, tourism and food and beverage sectors, including: 

  • Global Victoria and the Victorian Government are platinum partners of the Australian Pavilion, representing the home of world-leading coffee, food and wineries 
  • Queensland and New South Wales governments as major partners
  • Hospitality Solutions Group (HSG) is a global hospitality solutions provider, fitting out the pavilion with catering equipment and ensuring social distancing requirements are met through people counting technology 
  • Treasury Wine Estates, Meat & Livestock Australia and Bega Cheese are iconic Australian food companies, providing high-quality wines, outstanding chefs and products such as cheese, Vegemite and peanut butter to elevate the dining experience
  • Olsson’s Salt is a family owned and operated premium Australian sea salt producer that will be seasoning cuisines at the pavilion

Zip Industries creates award-winning water technologies, to help reduce plastic bottle usage with drinking water solutions in pavilion VIP and staff spaces.

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN PAVILION:

Situated in the heart of the Mobility District at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Australian Pavilion pays homage to a nation built on mobility. From our earliest histories to the modern day, the movement of people and ideas is embedded in our nation’s DNA. As one of the world’s most multicultural societies, Australia brings a powerful understanding of how the transfer of people, innovations and culture work together to build economies and enrich lives. The pavilion theme, Blue Sky Dreaming, encapsulates Australian optimism and creativity and celebrates Australian diversity and collaboration, envisaging a future of infinite possibilities founded on 60,000 years of innovation.

From under the gleaming canopy of its cumulus cloud-inspired roof, the Australian Pavilion visitor experience will tell Australia’s story, from ancient indigenous know-how to modern day discovery and invention. Visitors will be invited to share, see and hear about our people, land, history and innovation connecting communities locally and globally. The pavilion provides a compelling experience of Australia through immersive storytelling, bold artistic art installations, and true Australian hospitality through Australian inspired-food and culturally diverse entertainment.

The pavilion will also host a strategic program of events connecting Australian business and industry to global trade and investment opportunities, and demonstrating the best of Australian products, services and expertise to other participating countries.