The History of Australia Day
January 26, 1770 is the date that Captain Arthur Phillip began the British colony in what is now Australia. At the time, the colony was called New South Wales, and Phillip became its first governor. Of course, the island was already populated at that time by Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. And since then, immigrants from overseas have also become Australian citizens. So today, Aussies of various backgrounds each celebrate the holiday in their own way.
What many people do to celebrate
Because this is a national holiday, many Australians get the day off from work. Many communities hold Australia Day parades, and fireworks are also common. It’s common to use this time off to gather with family for good food. Picnics and barbecues are popular types of meals. And the Meat and Livestock Association has used this to their advantage in Australia Day ads. They’ve run a series of funny ads promoting lamb as the meat of choice for gatherings with family and friends.
Popular Australia Day foods
Pretty much any food that can be barbecued or prepared and served cold for a picnic are popular choices for this holiday. People tend to celebrate outdoors, enjoying foods that are easy to eat outside or travel well for gatherings.
Which meats can you grill? Well, pretty much any of them.
For most Aussies, meat is on the menu for Australia Day. And they’re usually cooked on an outdoor barbecue grill. Hamburgers, steaks, sausages, fish, prawns, and lamb chops are favorites.
A variety of cookies and baked desserts are common fare for the holiday. They’re easy to transport to picnic locations and don’t usually need to be kept refrigerated. Some of the most popular cookies in Australia are Anzac biscuits, Jaffas, and Tim Tams.
And don’t forget that beer is a popular cold beverage for adults who are celebrating the day.
As Australia Day approaches, it’s a great time to advertise all your party food and beverages. Starting Australia Day ads now means you’ll increase your sales for this time of year.