Australian Food Overview
Australian food... Hmmm, where do we start? Sixty years ago fried onions, sausage rolls,
some pies and the chicken fillet would define the Australian cuisine.
Even thirty years ago pizza, Greek salad, rice and noodles would be regarded as exotic meals.
However, since 1990s we are finally getting culinary returns from vast international immigration. Yes, today Australia is more food diversified per capita than any other nation in the world.
However, it is the combination of the best and the freshest produce of the country with the best in the world recipes which results in the stunning menu. It is not surprising that mussels of Australia prepared by Chinese chefs are not matched by any other country.
The Tasmanian eel prepared by local Vietnamese culinary experts has not been beaten even in Asia. The prime beef of the country in the hands of Arabic-food experts forces tourists to lick their fingers. Sometimes you wonder why McDonalds has survived this onslaught.
Australia: Food Markets
Fortunately today, Australians can choose the food they like. There are plentiful Asian restaurants with top chefs in the world.
However, it is the access to worldwide products in everyday shopping which bring real benefits. You do not need to buy an exotic food - you can prepare it yourself.
There are plenty of markets which offer delicatessen from all over the world. This way you have a real low cost choice to prepare what you really like Springvale and Dandenong in Melbourne are famous for multinational food markets. There is basically everything you need to complete that special recipe. Big shops (Coles and SafeWay) also provide dedicated alleys for Asian products. The "big brothers" finally realised the potential business benefits from foreign cuisine.
Australia: Food Festivals
Australian food festivals are often combined with the wine festivals. It is a great way to experience Australian food in a great and fun atmosphere.
Each place has it own timetable. Often the dates coincide with holidays and the tourist season.
There are farms and vineyards which privately organise festivities. Barossa Valley is famous for this entertainment. Each tour operator will have a timetable for australian food festivals. There are numerous websites and publications which deal with the topic.