Australia Day, next Saturday 26th January, 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 10 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 2013 G’Day USA 3-week program brings new business, education, entertainment, innovation, and tourism events to San Francisco, Dallas, Sacramento, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Houston. Check out the calendar of events at Australia Week.
G’Day USA Australia Week 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. 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!
G’DAY USA AUSTRALIA WEEK HOUSTON EVENTS
Friday Jan 18th ~ Energy Conference @ 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 19th ~ 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 500 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 auction with all proceeds benefitting the Texas
Charity Project Joy and Hope.
Saturday Jan 26th ~ Australia Day Dinner @ Hofheinz House ~ 7.00pm
On Australia Day this year and at one of Houston’s finest catering venues, Jason Gould 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. This is now SOLD OUT.
Thurs Jan 24th- Sat Jan 26th ~ Food & Wine Promotion @ Specs Stores
From Thursday, January 24th through Saturday, January 26th, visit Spec’s stores all over the city of Houston to a “Taste of Australia” featuring fine wines from the Land Down Under.
On Thursday, January 24th, at the Spec’s Midtown Location, join Spec’s Fine Wine Buyer, Bear Dalton at 6.30pm as he talks about what is going on with Australian wines and includes 9 wines. ‘Taste & Learn‘ event is free to AACC members but booking required via Macro Ammons at Specs Midtown.
Sunday Jan 27th ~ BBQ, Netball & Cricket Family Day @ Bear Creek Park (North off I-10) ~ 12pm-5.00pm
The 4th 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 try and wrestle back the prized trophy against the Poms. Bring your chairs and rugs and enjoy meeting other Aussies in Houston whilst downing a beef sirloins, sausages, gourmet salads from Whole Foods Kirby and Coopers beer. There will be entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting and junior footy clinic. Aussie tunes will be cranking throughout the day also.
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, wattleseed macaroons, Boomerang’s meat pies and sausage roll packs online to be picked up on the day.
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.
AACC Office: Phone: 713-527-9688 Email: info@AACC-Houston.org