In a major coup for South Australia, local premium food and wine will be featured at Hong
Kong’s premier tourist attraction, Ocean Park, later this year.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said key representatives of Ocean Park
Corporation, including Chief Executive Mr Thomas Mehrmann and Deputy Chief Executive Mr
Matthias Li, are visiting South Australia from 3 – 7 March.
They’ll be here to learn more about South Australia’s animals, our premium food and wine, and
in particular our sustainable food production.
“Ocean Park has eight highly-acclaimed restaurants and cafes, and South Australian cuisine
will be on the menu when their koala exhibit opens in December 2014,” Ms Gago said.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to introduce Asian, and in particular Chinese consumers, to
South Australian produce as part of the global push to raise its profile through the Premium
Food and Wine from our Clean Environment strategic priority.
“The showcase at Ocean Park is part of the agreement that Premier Weatherill and Tourism
Minister Leon Bignell signed last year in which eight koalas raised at Cleland Wildlife Park and
other species from South Australia will be on display to the many millions of annual visitors to
“What makes Ocean Park and South Australia such a good match is their focus on
sustainability, which complements by the sustainability and conservation measures we adhere
to at home.
“While in South Australia, some of the delegation will visit the Barossa Valley and Port Lincoln
to discover more about our pristine, sustainable food production, with a particular focus on
wine and seafood.
“Ocean Park’s chefs are currently looking at developing a wine pairing menu featuring South
Australian wines and produce as part of the cuisine showcase.”
Ocean Park, on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, is the world’s premier educational
theme park, combining entertainment and conservation education through a diverse selection
of world-class marine attractions, thrill rides and shows.
The financially-independent not-for-profit organisation offers a mix of entertainment, education
and conservation facilities to guests, and in 2012 received the highly coveted and prestigious
APPLAUSE AWARD, presented by Liseberg Amusement Park.
Recognised by the attractions industry worldwide, the award is presented at the International
Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo every other year in
honour of a theme park for its excellence in management, operations, and creativity.
Ocean Park is the first theme park in Asia to win this international award since its inception in
Since opening in January 1977, close to 130 million guests have visited Ocean Park, and it
now attracts more than 7.6 million visitors a year.
Part of the proceeds from Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean
Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.