AIME’s 2009 Welcome Reception is be held at one
of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions, an historic Melbourne
landmark and a venue that is an institution for Melburnians.
Officially opened on 20 March, 1878, the Queen
Victoria Market is one of the largest open air markets in the
southern hemisphere. The market is home to almost one thousand
traders who sell everything from exotic Australian fruit and
vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, meat, fish and
poultry, to hardware, manchester, clothing and authentic
Australian artefacts and souvenirs. Many traders are second- and
third-generation, truly reflecting the cosmopolitan make-up of
During the summer months the market also opens
at night when it plays host to a wider range of quirky wares,
exotic food bars, world bands and great fun. Last year, the market
attracted over 9.5 million visitors.
“The Queen Victoria Market, like Melbourne, has
a colourful history. It is here you will find the essence of
Melbourne; a melting-pot of cultures enjoying an eclectic mix of
cuisine, language and creative energy,” said Sandra Chipchase,
“The AIME Welcome Reception will be unlike any
other, a vibrant multi-sensory, multicultural event where you will
experience the best of Melbourne food and wine and the wonderful
fusion of tastes and food styles from around the world. Think of
it as a hawkers’ market with style, sophisticated regionally
inspired food and pulsating with big city energy.”
The creative concept, staging and design for the
AIME Welcome Reception has been organised with the assistance of
the event sponsors, Atlantic Group and Staging Connections.
More than 2,300 people are expected to attend
the AIME 09 Welcome Reception at the Queen Victoria Market from
6pm – 9pm on Monday 16 February 2009.
AIME will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre,
Australia, 17 and 18 February 2009.
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