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New South Wales

Sydney: Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

18 February 2016

The Eight Restaurant, 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney, 2000

The Annual Chinese New Year Banquet is the signature social event in the Australia China Business Council's event calendar.  Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in style with business, Government and community leaders and enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year banquet.
Invite your clients and organise a table booking which includes branding and priority seating in the VIP area.  ACBC will contact you for attendee details prior to the event.
An auction with proceeds going to Half the Sky Foundation will be held on the evening. To view more about the Foundation and the fabulous prizes that have already been donated see below. To donate an auction item please email acbcnsw@acbc.com.au.
Date: Thursday 18 February 2016
Where: The Eight Restaurant, 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney, 2000
Time: 6:15pm for 6:30pm start to 9:30pm
Dress code: Business/national dress
Tickets: Member ($108.00)
Non-member ($148.00)
Branded Member Table of Ten ($972.00)
Branded Non-Member Table of Ten ($1332.00)
Prices include GST
About Half the Sky Foundation 

Half The Sky Foundation Australia Limited (HTSA) is an incorporated charitable organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status in Australia.

HTSA undertakes its development work in China in partnership with US Half the Sky Foundation, its Chinese sister organisation, Chunhui Children, and the Chinese government at national and local levels.

While there are still many children to reach, thanks to the kindness of current Australian donors, HTSA support the below National Model Centres, which also operate as provincial training bases for other institutions across their province.

·        Changsha Children’s Welfare Institution in Hunan province

·        Kunming Children’s Welfare Institution in Yunnan province

The aim of HTSA’s development work is to improve standards of orphan care across China on a sustainable and scalable basis. Projects involve the establishment and operation of best practice models and methods of care for orphaned and disadvantaged children. They also focus on providing widespread training to assist child welfare institutions across China.

In recognition of its remarkable contribution to the development of the children’s welfare sector, in 2008, US Half the Sky Foundation became one of the first registered foreign NGOs in China.

By 2010, Half the Sky was invited to become the Chinese government’s official training partner to improve the skills of welfare workers and administrators across the country. The Half the Sky approach to child nurture and healthy development is now recognised as the ‘gold standard’ for China’s child welfare system.

Auction Prizes 
This auction is made possible by the kind support of Colliers International and the team at Cooley Auctions, auctioneer from hit televison show The Block. 
Prize One: The Beauty of Afternooon Tea, Etiquette Course for 4-6 people by Academy Epicurienne (valued at $2950)
  • Manners and elegant rituals at tea – table settings and essential accoutrement, how to use the correct cutlery and utensils, handbags and posture, napkin placement and use, scone and serving etiquette, holding the tea cup, the ritual of tea pouring, spoons and stirring.
  • The secret rules for a perfect afternoon tea – why remaining faithful to the classic combination of finger sandwiches, scones served warm and sweet pastries makes for the best tea; ‘milk-in-first’ or ‘tea-in-first’; the use of lemon slices and wedges or milk, to teabag or not to teabag; when to use curate stands or flat plates (many Executive Chefs don’t know this) and the difference in service using fine bone china and silver.
  • The history and traditions of tea and tea making, from the Duchess of Bedford to Emperor Shen Nung, how to identify the world’s best luxury tea, what makes for quality tea and how to brew the perfect pot of tea.
  • The role of the hostess – greeting and seating guests, making your guests feel at ease, serving rituals, when to serve what food and to whom.
  • The important differences between high, low and afternoon teas, the correct food to serve (cream, light & full), proper food placement on a curate (tiered) stand, when and how to serve coffee and champagne.

More information:          https://academyepicurienne.com/courses/the-beauty-of-afternoon-tea/


Two 3L jeroboam bottles of Ius Wines – Limited Release ‘Hinterland’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Two jeroboam bottles of The Limited Release ‘Hinterland’ Cabernet Sauvignon have been generously supplied by IUS Wines. This wine holds a quality and character made in the vineyard with low yielding vines producing densely flavoured berries and a punch of varietal and regional flavours which identify it as proudly Coonawarra.

This wine shows the influence of the native gums and eucalypt which borders the vineyards, speaking proudly of the region and the vineyard from where it came.

After vinification the wine was matured in a combination of New (30%) and 2nd usage (70%) French oak barrels. After 20 Months each individual barrel was tasted and classified with only the top 50% of barrels allocated for the ‘Hinterland’ Cabernet Sauvignon.

The finished wine shows fragrant dark berry fruits with French oak and classic Coonawarra Eucalypt and Mint on the nose. The palate is concentrated with dark blackberry and plum with a solid mid palate flavour balanced with firm tannins and a lingering finish.

Ius Wines – Fine Australia wine delivering quality, providence and purity from its source.


Are you interested in donating an auction prize in support of this Half the Sky? Please contact acbcnsw@acbc.com.au or call 02 9247 0349 for more infomation.