Australia Day (next Thurs 26th) commemorates the establishment of the first settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is our 4th July celebration and back home it means a day off work enjoying BBQ’s, cricket, Triple J radio top 100 and the beach with family and friends. Overseas, it reminds us who are a long way from home, how lucky we are to be from such an amazing place and gives us an excuse to turn on the ‘occa’ for a day. In the US, it is celebrated as part of the G’Day USA festival in seven of the US’s biggest cities, promoting all things great about Australian business and culture and providing events for Aussies to enjoy with each other and our new US mates.
Originally formed in LA eight years ago, G’Day USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academia and the arts to successfully cultivate and enhance the long term and deep Australia-United States relationship. Besides LA, the 2012 G’Day USA 3-week program brings new business, education, entertainment, innovation, and tourism events to San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego, New York, Houston and Chicago. Check out the calendar of events at http://www.australia-week.com/.
G’Day USA Houston week starts tomorrow and comprises some fantastic events to celebrate our great country and being an Australian living in the US. All events require you to register online via the AACC Australia Week website below. For events requiring payment, you can also pay online or call/email the AACC office. Get in soon so you don’t miss out on a great week to be an Aussie in Houston! http://www.australiaweekhouston.org/
G’DAY USA AUSTRALIA WEEK HOUSTON EVENTS
Thursday Jan 19th ~ Tourism Event @ Hilton Post Oak
- Trade Event 3.00pm-5.00pm
- Consumer event 5.00pm-7.30pm
Whilst learning about Australia you will also have the opportunity to taste Australian wines and spirits and enjoy tasting a bit of Australia’s cuisine. This event is free but please register online.
Friday Jan 20th ~ Energy Conference & Reception @ Hilton Post Oak 8.00am-7.00pm
This all day conference is designed to provide a forum for oil and gas operators and industry experts from Australia and the United States to discuss their varying perspectives and lessons learned on development of oil and gas reserves in the U.S. and Australia. It includes keynote and session speakers in attendance from the Australian government and O&G corporate companies.
Saturday Jan 21st ~ Australia Day Black Tie Gala @ Hilton Post Oak ~ 6.30pm
The highlight of the week is the Australia Day Black Tie Gala held this year at the Hilton Post Oak. Expecting over 400 people, the evening will feature an Australian gourmet dinner prepared by local Aussie award winning chef Jason Gould, the “Stars of Australia Awards”, Oz music and culture, and a silent auction and big board auction with all proceeds benefitting the Texas Charity Project Joy and Hope.
Entertainment this year will include Jamie Durie back as the emcee, the Qantas Choir, Jack Vidgen (Australia’s Got Talent Winner) and Guy Sebastian (Singer, Songwriter and original Winner of Australian Idol). Hurry as tickets stop selling soon!
Check out last weekend’s Black Tie Gala in LA where some of Australia’s top celebs celebrated in style. http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/pearce-gets-top-honours-at-gday-ball-in-los-angeles-20120115-1q156.html
Thursday Jan 26th ~ Australia Day Wine Dinner @ Branch Water Tavern ~ 7.00pm
On Australia Day and at one of FH’s favourite restaurants, Jason Gould again takes over the kitchen to present a four course fine wine dinner showcasing Australia through the ingredients, preparation, and presentation. Each culinary dish is paired with different wines from Australia, celebrating its diverse culture and rich palette.
Thurs-Sat Jan 26th-28th ~ Food & Wine Promotion @ Specs Stores
From Thursday, January 26th through Saturday, January 28th, visit Spec’s stores all over the city of Houston to a “Taste of Australia” featuring fine wines and epicurean delights from the Land Down Under.
On Saturday, January 28th, at the Spec’s Midtown Location, join Jason Gould at 12:00pm as he performs a cooking demonstration incorporating traditional Aussie foods and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday Jan 29th ~ BBQ, Netball & Cricket Day @ Bear Creek Park (North off I-10) ~ 10.30am-4.00pm
The 3rd annual family BBQ and Sports Day is a great day out for all the family to celebrate Australia Day. Come with the kids to play/watch the Aussie cricket team defend their 2011 title against the Poms. Bring your chair and rugs and enjoy meeting other Aussies in Houston whilst downing a sausage and Coopers beer. There will be entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle and junior footy clinic.
BBQ food and beverages will be provided on the day but you must register and pay beforehand online! You can also order Aussie iconic delights such as lamingtons, vanilla slice, meat pies and sausage rolls online to be picked up on the day.
The Cricket match is a casual game and if you would like to play please let Dave Bryant(BHPB), Dave Banks(BHPB) or Dan Holwerda(Houston Lonestars FC) know or email FH at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are particularly looking for British players.
Netball will be included for the first time, with a fun game between Australia v’s International team. Please contact Jen Whitehouse on email@example.com if you can play in either team.
If you would like to help volunteer on the day with cooking, setup, etc, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more information on any of these events, check out the AACC Australia Week website for all details and to register for the events. http://www.aacc-houston.org/australia-week/overview
AACC Office: Phone: 713-527-9688 Email: info@AACC-Houston.org