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The evening’s host Australian consul general Andrew Ford with chief guest Atri Bhattacharya

The first Australia Day celebration marked a year of the consulate general

A highlight of the evening was Australian cuisine served for dinner, which many tasted for the first time — and loved

By Sudeshna Banerjee
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The Australian consulate general celebrated its first year in Calcutta by hosting Australia Day. Though the official date is January 26, the celebration at the Oberoi Grand was held in February, as the date coincides with India’s Republic Day.

“We have traditionally been great rivals on the cricket field but these days one in 50 Australians were born in India. Currently there are over 109,000 Indian students in Australia, the second largest international group after students from China. Over 360,000 tourists visited Australia from India last year — our fastest growing group of foreign visitors to Australia,” said consul general Andrew Ford, inviting guests Down Under for the ICC T20 World Cup.

A highlight of the evening was Australian cuisine served for dinner, which many tasted for the first time — and loved. The Fords were deeply involved with the planning of the menu with chefs Rajatjyoti Mukherjee and Takmeel Wassan Fitrat. “I handed them some Australian golden syrup and a bottle of Vegemite, a black yeast extract paste used as spread back home. They mixed it with the bread roll. It was a perfect idea,” said Christine Ford, the consul general’s wife.

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The evening’s host Australian consul general Andrew Ford with chief guest Atri Bhattacharya, principal secretary, department of consumer affairs, and (right) with wife Christine
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Guests at the Australia Day celebrations at the Oberoi Grand
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Guests at the Australia Day celebrations at the Oberoi Grand

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