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Darwin Convention Centre launches innovative dining concept

New indigenous-inspired menu options for immersive culinary events.

The Darwin Convention Centre has launched a Seven Seasons menu inspired by the traditional owners of the Darwin region, known as the Larrakia people. the indigenous Gulumoerrgin

To the Larrakia people, the year is divided into seven seasons and this new dining concept, provides guests the opportunity to experience the dramatic changes of the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) seasons, as well as the impact these changes have on the sights, sounds, landscape and natural habitat of Darwin. 

Darwin Convention Centre executive chef, Toby Beaton, has developed a seven-course degustation and three-course banquet menu that combines local fresh produce and traditional indigenous food.

“When developing the menu, we didn’t just look at the ingredients. We looked at the history of the food, how it was gathered, how it was prepared and how it was cooked,” he says.

“We have provided guests the opportunity to be part of a journey that has been evolving over thousands of years. The menu is not only about the taste, smell and look of the food, it is about understanding the local land and how Aboriginal people have used the ingredients available to them.”

Larrakia Elder, Roque Lee, with indigenous ingredients

As well as Aboriginal food, the Seven Seasons culinary journey also includes a visual and sound experience, creating a full sensory culture immersion.

Audio and visual packages accompany each course, giving delegates a deeper experience and understanding of the Gulumoerrgin seasons.

“We wanted to provide our clients the opportunity to integrate the Seven Seasons menu into their event on varying levels,” says Peter Savoff, general manager of Darwin Convention Centre.

“Event planners can chose just the menu, or add on the production elements to give a deeper experience to their delegates.”

Stephanie Ong from Faces of Asia had the opportunity to experience the Seven Seasons dinner on a recent famil and was impressed.

“The thought behind the dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre was great,” she says. “The effect was really something for a special events planner to see – I was in awe.”