An Aussie rendezvous


Get ready for a rendezvous with the lifestyle of Australia — the country Down Under. The ‘Australian Day Out’, a one-day fun fiesta is being organised jointly by Pac Asia and the Sports Bar and Café with support from the Australian Embassy on February 3 at the Nepal Academy, Kamaladi. The Himalayan Times is the official print media.

At a press conference held on January 31, Australian Ambassador Gra-eme Lade said, “Australia has become a very famous destination among Nepali students. So we are very pleased to support such an initiative. It is basically a fun day for the family.”

The event, which is a first of its kind, is being held to let the Nepali people get a taste of Australian culture, lifestyle, and business. Different stalls showcasing Australian products, cuisine, tourism will be put up. The event that will begin from 11:00 am will have a musical performance by Salil Kanika on the traditional Australian instrument called Didgeridoo. There will be special areas for children to enjoy.

According to Subash Gauchan, Business Development Director at Pac Asia, the event is a platform to help all students who want to pursue education in Australia. “We want to help these students from being misguided regarding the process of applying in universities there. The event is more about awareness and information rather than profit.”

Pac Asia will have stalls where people can get information regarding education in Australia.

Talking about Australian food, Ambassador Lade said, “The influx of immigrants has highly influenced the Australian cuisine. It can be called a fusion of traditional Australian food cooked in South East Asian style.”

He recommended the typical Australian desserts — Lamington and Pavlova.

All desserts will be catered by Hotel Radisson, while the rest of the food items are being catered by the Sports Bar and Cafe. Proprietor Gagan Pradhan recommended meat pie — a hand sized pot pie of minced meat and gravy.

You can try out the Aussies’ favourite barbeques being served in wide variety. The all-Australian menu is priced reasonably. To get the authentic touch, all the meat products are being imported from Australia. Entry tickets (Rs 50) are available at the Sports Bar, Himalayan Java and Jeans Café. And you might get lucky and win two tickets to Australia.

The other partners of the event are Nepal Australia Chambers of Commerce, Nepal Australia Friendship Society, Alumni association, Qantas, Nina and Hager, Lindamens Wine, Berri Juice, Bushman’s Gully, Frosty ice-cream and Foster beer.