Can’t fly your meeting all the way to Australia? No worries! Oz can come to you in the States. Here are three ways to bring Down Under up above.
1. The Animals
Native Australian animals, such as kangaroos, wallabies and koalas live in the U.S. too. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, home of Jack Hanna, offers a one hour outreach program to bring an animal presentation to corporate and group events throughout the country. Many zoos nationwide have similar offerings, so inquire with the zoo most local to your meeting venue.
2. The Food
Create a menu of Australian delicacies to serve at your event.
- Throw some shrimp on the “barbie” for an Australian-style grill fest.
- Tim Tams are chocolate covered biscuits that come in a wide variety of flavors. They used to be exclusive to Australia, but are now available at American grocery stores.
- Meat pies are beef baked in a pastry crust. Sydney’s popular Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is expanding to the U.S.
- Flat whites are similar to lattes, but stronger and many in the U.S. have discovered them on Starbucks menus in the last few years.
- Vegemite is a brown yeast extract that is meant to be spread on toast and sandwiches. Many people say this is an acquired taste.
3. The Experience
G’Day USA is a diplomacy program to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Australia and familiarize Americans with the land Down Under. Throughout the year, they host events in major U.S. cities. In January, G’Day USA will be focusing its attention on California with pop-up events at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, including an Australian Open Experience, and a gala in San Francisco.