The event celebrated South Australia through the stories of its people, and their incredible passion and commitment to their home. Brought to life via three short films screened at the dinner, in which proud South Australians demonstrated the combination of creativity, innovation, and heritage that makes Adelaide and South Australia unique.
Dinner guests were greeted on arrival at the National Wine Centre of Australia by global airline partner Virgin Australia’s ground crew, and were able to sample the airline’s signature Espresso Martini, accompanied by Coffin Bay oysters, shucked to order.
As the night unfolded, the Entrée was introduced to guests via a vignette featuring Dr Hagan Stehr AO, founder of Clean Seas Hiramasa Kingfish in Port Lincoln and Australia’s only commercial producer of Kingfish. Ben Bryant, Chief Winemaker of Jacob’s Creek, spoke to attendees of the heritage of this iconic winery, and took them through the tasting notes of Centenary Hill Shiraz. Lastly, Chocolatier Steven ter Horst spoke about his passion for quality, for South Australian produce, and for chocolate, before guests were treated to his impressive degustation dessert table.
Managing Director of Tourism Australia, John O’Sullivan said, “Our international guests have had no doubt an incredible time during their stay in Dreamtime’s host city of Adelaide, where they have been made to feel at home, and we know that last night’s event will stay with them as a great example of Australia’s exceptional event delivery capabilities. “As they continue on to their educational program, we look forward to extending their awareness of Australia’s natural beauty, exclusive experiences, excellence in business events and award winning food and wine.”
Australian Convention Bureau Chief Executive Officer, Damien Kitto said, “Over the past two days, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming international buyers and trade media to our home to experience first-hand the world-class capabilities of South Australia’s business events industry. As they continue their Dreamtime journey, we trust they will take with them some amazing memories and the knowledge of what this vibrant city has to offer. We look forward to welcoming them back one day.”
Dreamtime 2015 attendees now head off to other Australian destinations for three day educational visits, where they will experience the business events offering of Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.