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    Balducci's to Celebrate Aussie Food and Wine in June

    BETHESDA, Md -- Balducci's Food Lover's Market here will host a celebration of Australia next month in partnership with the Australian Trade Commission and Tasmanian Tours.

    BETHESDA, Md -- Balducci's Food Lover's Market here will host a celebration of Australia next month in partnership with the Australian Trade Commission and Tasmanian Tours.

    From June 2 through June 24, all 10 Balducci's locations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut will showcase over 50 new products from Down Under, and hold demonstrations and cooking classes with Australian chef Jason Drysdale. Events will take place on the successive Saturdays of June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23.

    The stores will also offer shoppers the opportunity to win a vacation for two to the Australian island state of Tasmania. The final drawing for the contest will occur July 30.

    "At Balducci's we are committed to sourcing some of the best and most unique products in the world," said Balducci's c.e.o. Barbara Parasco in a statement. "Australia has an endless number of all-natural and delicious products that are quite popular in the U.S., but not readily available on the East Coast. What better time to celebrate the best of Australia than during the start of summer, when we focus on grilling, lighter fare, fresh fish, and crisp wines?"

    Among the products to be featured during the month are an assortment of jams, cheese spreads, and juices from Maggie Beer; Blue Hills leatherwood honey; Tasmanian Rain bottled rainwater; Four'N Twenty meat pies; Dandaragan Estate extra virgin olive oil; and Brookfarm all-natural macadamia nut muesli, in addition to artisanal cheeses, Barramundi fish, and Australian wines.

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