Approximately 65 participants of the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s South Australian Agriculture, Food and Wine Showcase visited the Waite on Tuesday 16 May. They included executives of key national and international associations aligned with South Australia’s primary industry focus areas, and South Australian industry representatives, researchers and influencers.

The objective of the Showcase was to promote the outstanding strengths of South Australia’s agriculture, food and wine production and research in order to position Adelaide as a destination of choice for global conventions.

The group’s Waite visit began with a lunch at Urrbrae House featuring quality South Australian produce. Dean of the Waite, Professor Mike Keller then welcomed the group and introduced key speakers to provide an overview of the scope and diversity of the excellent Ag, Food and Wine research being undertaken across the Waite Research Precinct and South Australia.

Speakers included Professor Rachel Ankeny, Professor Diane Mather, Professor John Williams, Dr Georgios Tsiminis, Professor Randy Stringer (University of Adelaide), Dr Liz Waters (Wine Australia), Dr Steve Lapidge (PIRSA), Dr Tim Muster (CSIRO). Professor Rachel Burton had also addressed the group earlier in the morning at the official breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

A tour of the Plant Accelerator and Waite winery concluded the visit. The feedback from the group was overwhelmingly positive with many commenting on how much they appreciated the opportunity to visit the Waite and learn more about the excellent research in our state.

The Adelaide Convention Bureau South Australian Agriculture, Food and Wine Showcase was supported by the Waite Research Institute.

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