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National Flags Created From Iconic Foods


The flag of France represented by Roquefort, Camembert, and red grapes

To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, an Australian ad agency crafted images of several country’s national flags — made out of the food said country is commonly associated with. Cheese made an appearance more than once, unsurprising since cheesemaking is an ancient tradition. France’s flag sported Brie and a blue, Greece’s white stripes were feta, and Emmental made the cross on Switzerland’s red flag.

What’s even more impressive than the simpler striped flags is seeing the clever ways the team improvised stars and symbols of the more complex flags. Great use of the meat pie with crust cut outs for Australia, star fruit for the stars on the flags of China and Vietnam, EZ cheese or mustard for the stars on the U.S. flag, and an herb sprig for the cedar tree at the center of Lebanon’s flag. Using tuna sashimi for the red circle on Japan’s flag was simple but perfect. Which one makes your mouth water the most?

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Photo by WHYBIN\TBWA

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's Editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.