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Shanghai savours Tasmania’s best

Edition 164 Andre Kropp ... under the spotlight in Shanghai

Tasmania’s world-class produce took centre stage in Shanghai this month in a dinner that was a highlight of an eight-day China Trade Mission.

Savour Tasmania, held outside the State for the first time, featured a gala dinner for 300 local influencers in the tourism, investment and food and beverage sectors.

Wrest Point’s Executive Chef, Andre Kropp, worked with a respected kitchen team at the Peninsula Shanghai Hotel to prepare dishes, including salmon, wild abalone and beef.

The fusion dishes were served with Tasmania’s world-renowned pinot noir, sparkling wine and whisky.

More than 40 Tasmanian delegates on the mission mixed with local contacts at the dinner on 9 September.

The Premier, Will Hodgman, told dinner guests that Tasmania’s connection to China stretched back to the 1870s when the first Chinese migrants arrived.

“Our friendship has strengthened considerably in recent decades, and reached a memorable peak last November when we proudly hosted President Xi Jinping and Madam Peng in Tasmania,” Mr Hodgman said

“It was memorable and historic; and without doubt the most significant chapter in the story of cooperation, trade, cultural exchange and friendship between Tasmania and China.”

Mr Hodgman described the dinner as “another remarkable milestone in this rich story".

“We will savour some of Tasmania’s finest produce – from Huon Aquaculture, Petuna Seafoods, Greenhams, Tas Prime Oysters, Ralph’s Tasmanian Seafood, Tony Garth Seafoods and Hansen Orchards,” he said.

“Josef Chromy and Nocton Vineyards have provided their fine wines.

“They are excellent examples of many world class producers from Tasmania – a place of rare natural beauty; a precious, clean and safe environment. Australia’s gourmet food bowl.”

The trade mission, led by the Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, includes representatives of more than 25 Tasmanian organisations.

They are promoting agriculture, education, tourism, local government and the Antarctic to decision-makers in Tasmania’s biggest export market.

Mr Groom has signed an MOU on cooperation in polar research.

“The agreement will see the Tasmanian Polar Network explore options to provide services in Tasmania, including repair and maintenance, spare parts and technical support for snow tractors, mobile polar vehicles, power equipment and other machinery as required,” Mr Groom said.

“Australia and China have a close and long-standing collaborative relationship on Antarctic matters.”

Mr Hodgman has signed an MOU with the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The agreement will see increased cooperation in research, development, improvement and production of medicinal plants commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine.

“Tasmania has a world-class reputation for growing premium produce with ideal growing conditions,” Mr Hodgman said.

The trade mission concluded on 11 September.

Image courtesy of Wrest Point

1 September 2015, Edition 164

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