The Beast and the Feast

The Beast from the East was no match for the culinary and cultural feast on offer at the South Australia Club’s Annual Dinner last week, where two hundred of London’s finest gathered at the beautiful Lindley Hall.

The Club was established in 2011 with the objective of bringing together people with an interest in the future development of South Australia. People from the worlds of business, politics, academia, media and the arts who know that South Australia is a great place to visit, invest in, do business and live.

With Rosé Gimlet’s in hand and a faux fireplace to warm everyone up, guests gathered in the iconic London event venue to hear from Agent General, Bill Muirhead AM on how the year ahead in South Australia was shaping up.

2018 has already seen the media giant Technicolor setting up in Adelaide, propelling South Australia as an international film production hub. Last month also saw Port Lincoln named the home of Australia’s first green hydrogen plant, the size and scale of which is globally significant. Finally, 2018 has seen initial planning commence for Australia’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels, two of which will be built at Adelaide’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.  South Australia is, after all, the defence state.

Guests were treated throughout the evening to a four-course menu designed by world-class chef, Kurt Zdesar. Each course featured a dish from one of Kurt’s London restaurants including, Fucina, Black Roe and Chotto Matte. Paired alongside the exquisite meal was a flight of Mitolo Wines, all the way from one of South Australia’s most iconic wine regions, McLaren Vale.

Accompanying the fine food and wine, was the brilliant musical duo – Belle Roscoe. The Melbourne siblings put on an excellent show, we look forward to watching their global success continue to grow.

“The night was a great success, and occasionally, we will even let in people who aren’t from South Australia!” the Agent General said with a mischievous grin.

“Although from across the border in Victoria, we were delighted to welcome Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Matt Anderson PSM to provide a key note address for the evening.”

For all queries regarding the South Australia Club’s London chapter – which is open to all nationalities – please contact Annabel Borchardt.

For a glimpse into the wonderful night that was, head over to the 2018 Annual Dinner event page for the gallery.