The Northern Territory Convention Bureau and its seventeen industry partners at AIME 2015 provided more than 120 guests with an extra-special ‘taste of the NT’ at the Northern Territory function held off-site from the MCEC on the Tuesday evening of AIME.
These highly anticipated gatherings are renowned for their informality and have become an annual AIME tradition. Held this year at the renowned Melbourne restaurant, Pei Modern, it was a relaxed wind-down affair but with a gourmet culinary focus. The NT’s exclusive-access to the venue enabled a transformation of the usual restaurant space and many guests chose to enjoy the balmy Melbourne evening from the al fresco terrace.
Hosted AIME buyers and key Melbourne-based contacts enjoyed spectacular canapé cuisine courtesy of NT “Mate” and Masterchef celebrity, Lynton Tapp, who also happens to be chef at Pei Modern. Having grown up on a cattle station in the Northern Territory, Lynton has now established himself as a culinary identity around Australia. The cuisine served at the event highlighted the ‘wow factor’ of NT’s unique flavours and included buffalo ricotta croquettes with lemon myrtle, marinated & slow-cooked barramundi, wood-grilled prawns with seaweed butter plus superb brûlée bananas & wattle ice cream.
Lynton spoke briefly about his NT background and his love of the Territory, whilst introducing the impressive array of dishes being served to guests. Entertainment was provided by former Australian Football League (AFL) star player, performer and friend-of-the-NT, Russell Robertson who teamed up with renowned Australian singer-songwriter, Phil Ceberano to deliver funky background music.
Suzanne Morgan, Executive Director Business & Events for the Northern Territory Convention Bureau was delighted with the excellent turn-out for the NT’s AIME 2015 event. “The buyers greatly appreciated the chance to truly relax amongst old and new NT friends. Our exhibitor partners were thrilled to support an event that so effectively positions the Northern Territory as a leading destination of choice, from a culinary as well as a Business Event perspective.”
For further information on the NT, visit www.ntconventions.com.au