Launceston hosts 25th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

As one of only 57 UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy around the world, Launceston is well placed to host the 25th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy (SAG 25) in July.

It is a city obsessed with fresh local produce and artisan products. The people here share a deep connection with the land, and this is reflected in the culinary experiences on offer here.

The event will welcome more than 100 gastronomic enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand to hear from internationally renowned experts and enjoy some of the world class cuisine from across northern Tasmania.

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Chair of the symposium organising committee and board member of the Tasmanian Agrifood Network (TAN) Andrew Pitt said the national event would be the first of its kind held in northern Tasmania.

“Our hardworking volunteer organising committee is proud to bring this symposium to Launceston,” he said.

“The theme for this year’s event is ‘island’ which perfectly encapsulates the fine produce that can be sourced and enjoyed across our state.

“SAG 25 will be a significant event for our food and beverage industry as it has an established audience who will exchange their knowledge and ideas with local producers.

“Visitors will be provided with multiple opportunities to sample local food and drink, meet with Tasmanian producers and experience Launceston’s restaurants all within a short distance of the UTAS’ new Inveresk campus.”

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Mr Pitt was a key member of the successful bid for Launceston to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2021.

“We are developing an identity revolving around food and beverage and this symposium will play a vital role in showcasing this identity to a captivated national audience,” he said.

Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig said this was a key example of how strategically aligned events benefited the Tasmanian economy and reputation beyond visitation.

“As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy Launceston is the perfect setting to showcase our world-class food and beverage industries and professionals.”

“Business events such as this are worth $199 million to the Tasmanian economy,” she said.

“These events attract world renowned experts to Tasmania whilst providing opportunities to share our culture, ideas and create opportunities for future investment.

“Twenty eight per cent of delegates bring at least one other person with them, 20 per cent explore regional Tasmania and 89 per cent intend to return with three years.”

For more information about the symposium visit here.