• 2017 G'Day USA

    Over the last thirteen years, G’DAY USA has brought together industry leaders and key influencers in government, business, tourism, academia and the arts to successfully cultivate and enhance the long term and deep Australia– United States relationship.

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    G'Day USA

  • WFMA

    The World Food Media Awards promotional insignia generates extensive promotional opportunities for the Awards, and in turn, for a sponsor. They are designed and produced by the Awards Administration to provide nominees and winners with a highly visible and long-term way to elevate consumer and industry recognition of their achievement.

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  • Tasting Australia 1997-2012

    In 1996 Ian Parmenter and David Evans presented an idea for a revolutionary food and wine event to the Government of South Australia. It was to be an event that would encompass elements for the food and wine professional as well as for the growing ranks of committed national and international foodies.

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What We Do

David Evans and Ian Parmenter's company Consuming Passions found their services sought for a number of television and video productions, major events and corporate activities.

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Need Help Managing Your Event?

Consuming Passions offer expertise in Event development and management, Corporate and public performances/appearances and Event management consultancy.

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Please enjoy a selection of Great Australian Recipes by renowned chef and television presenter Ian Parmenter. These recipes highlight the unique style of Australian Cooking.

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What people are saying.....

Rick Stein

"Ian, David and Marina will be regarded as three of the most important people for putting Australian produce and cooking on the world map thanks to the enormously successful and universally enjoyed food festival, Tasting Australia."

Rick Stein
English chef, restaurateur, author and TV presenter
Neil Perry

"It has never been anything but a pleasure working with Ian, David, Marina and the team at Consuming Passions over the years.

From Adelaide to LA, NYC and beyond, they have assisted us in events from 10 to 2000. Their attention to planning detail, and ability and desire to make the events run seamlessly with an added dose of fun have consistently made our lives easier when working overseas on important events for Qantas and Tourism.

We look forward to working further with the team and wish them the best in their future endeavours."

Neil Perry
Australian chef, restaurateur, author and TV presenter
Cutis Stone

"I have enjoyed working along side the Consuming Passions team on a number of occasions in Los Angeles as part of the G'Day USA promotions. They are professional, efficient and knowledgable and ensure that the food, wine and chef elements of each event work seamlessly towards a successful project."

Curtis Stone
Australian chef, author and TV personality
Sharon Bennett

"I have had the pleasure of working with the team at Consuming Passions on many occasions over the years including Tasting Australia and G’Day LA. They are as their name states – consummate professionals who work tirelessly to bring together great people in the name of celebrating great food and wine."

Shannon Bennett
Australian chef,Owner/Executive Chef
Vue de Monde
Stephanie Alexander

“Over many years the team that directed and guided Tasting Australia set a new standard for food festivals in Australia. The invited guests, both participants and commentators, came from a wide range of countries, and all had a positive experience.

One met heroes and mentors and made new friends. I have never forgotten watching Carol Field wrangle a soft sloppy ciabatta dough and I properly understood this dough for the first time.

Later we dined together in San Francisco, a friendship discovered and developed thanks to the Adelaide experience.

Many of the guests were taken on ambitiously-conceived outings, seeing places that would not usually be part of a food festival, but which added enormously to their understanding of the diverse food offerings of this huge country.

As a guest presenter I was always treated with generosity, and my work was respected.

David, Ian and Marina will be a hard act to follow."

Stephanie Alexander
Australian cook, restaurateur and food writer
Pete Evans

“Over the last decade I have worked alongside Marina, David and Ian from 'Consuming Passions' on many projects in Australia and Overseas. The team at Consuming Passions are the real deal...professional, intelligent, flexible and above all, they are a joy to work with and I always look forward to our next adventure together as a team!"

Pete Evans
Australian chef, author and TV personality
www.peteevanschef.com - Cook with Love and Laughter!
Guy Grossi

"I have enjoyed working with David and Marina from Consuming Passions on a variety of amazing gastronomic events. Whether the event is large or small they and their team bring a level of organization and commitment, which is next to none. More than this there is a profound understanding of an industry, which is extremely varied, and intelligent communication is required. I look forward to being involved in many more events that are on the Consuming Passions agenda."

Guy Grossi
Australian chef, restaurateur, author, presenter and media personality
Maggie Beer

“I have the fondest memories beginning in those early days of Tasting Australia, working with the talented likes of Ian, Marina and David.

We were so lucky to have South Australia chosen by Ian and we owe a great deal to Tasting Australia for bringing the media to us, for the chance to show our regions in their best light - in person.

Always a fantastic gathering of passionate food people ."

Maggie Beer
Australian cook, food author, restaurateur and manufacturer
The Hon John Olsen

"I have had the privileged of working with David, Marina and Ian over the past twenty years as they delivered start up World class events in both Australia and the United States of America.

Their passion, professionalism, determination and commitment to excellence is unparalleled.

They have made a substantial contribution to building G’Day USA, which is now the single largest annual foreign country promotion in the USA.

I have no hesitation in recommending Consuming Passions as a highly capable, principled and ethical Company. "

The Hon. John Olsen AO
Former Premier of South Australia and Australian consul-general in Los Angeles and New York
W. T (Bill) Spur

"Consuming Passions developed, marketed and managed a truly outstanding event for South Australia, called Tasting Australia, which ran from 1997 to 2012. Ian Parmenter, David Evans and Marina Libia built this even from nothing into a world class, internationally recognised, food and wine event.

I have nothing but admiration for these three individuals and the time, effort, professionalism and just sheer hard work they contributed to the outstanding success of Tasting Australia. "

W.T. (Bill) Spurr
Chief Executive Officer of the SA Tourism Commission from 1997 to 2007

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