Some of the world’s most influential food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and broadcasters were in Tasmania on the weekend for Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia gala dinner.

Of all the venues in the country, popular conferencing and offsite event venue, MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) was chosen to host national and international celebrities including Heston Blumenthal, Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, Matt Preston, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Jock Sonfrillo and Mark Olive.

With a three course dinner prepared by Neil Perry AM, Peter Gilmore and Ben Shewry, guests were treated to a truly unique Tasmanian experience.

Buiness Events Tasmania CEO Stuart Nettlefold said the decision to host the event in Tasmania “really reinforces what our delegate research tells us – that Tasmania produces high levels of satisfaction around food and wine offerings, restaurants and standards of service”.

“MONA is just one of a number of world class off-site venues that we have in Tasmania that showcase the high quality food and beverage that the state is famous for – all less than 30 minutes from Hobart or Launceston’s major conferencing venues. These include Josef Chromy Wines, Peppermint Bay, Frogmore Creek Wines, Willie Smiths and of course Boags Centre for Beer Lovers and Cascade Visitor Centre to name a few.”

Tasmania is now playing host to the Chinese President Xi Jinping following the G20 in Brisbane and talks in Sydney.