The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria has awarded five champion trophies to producers Australia-wide as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards’ Autumn Program.
This is the awards' first year and it received 284 entries across the four categories: Bread and Baked Goods, Pantry Goods, Packaging and Cider and Perry, with 138 medals awarded overall.
In the Bread and Baked Goods category, champion trophies were awarded to Rustica Sourdough Bakery (VIC) for Passionfruit Curd Filled Tart and Sweetness The Patisserie (NSW) for Gluten Free Caramel Tart.
Three champion trophies were awarded in the Pantry Goods category, with Liv Luv Gourmet Foods and Robinvale Estate (VIC) taking out champion cereal / muesli for Fine and Sunny Granola, while Neumos Produce (VIC) won champion nut product for Goulburn Valley Hazelnuts.
Champion salt/spice was awarded to The Natural Spice Company (VIC) for La Baobab, Noccas, West African Paste.
The Regimental Condiment Company received a packaging champion trophy for The Officer’s Tasting Tin.
While no champion trophies or gold medals were awarded in the Cider and Perry category, five silver medals were presented. These went to Vok Beverages (SA) for Three Oaks Cider; Henry of Harcourt (VIC) for Kingston Black; Napoleone and Co. Cider (VIC) for Methode Traditionnelle Apple Cider; and Pear Cider and Little Creatures Brewing (VIC) for Pipsqueak Cider.
RASV CEO, Mark O’Sullivan, said, "On behalf of the RASV, I congratulate all medal winners on achieving excellence in fine food production at the inaugural Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards’ Autumn Program.
"The RASV is delighted to acknowledge superlative produce with the Autumn Program, and is proud to support Australian producers and offer unique marketing opportunities."
Fine food producers from Victoria were awarded 78 medals overall, while NSW took out 27 and Queensland 19. South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia were awarded eight, five and one respectively.
Moving north, at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show's Aquaculture Competition, two first-time exhibitors have taken home major awards.
Pialligo Estate from the ACT was awarded the Champion Salmon Product for its Traditional Smokehouse Fillet of Smoked Salmon.
The Champion Trout Product went to Snowy Mountains Trout Farm, located in Tumut in Southern NSW, for their Smoked Rainbow Trout Fillet.
Both producers also won a Gold and a Bronze medal each.
Sixty-two medals were handed out at the Aquaculture Competition, across categories including Farmed Prawns; Sydney Rock Oysters; Smoked Salmon and Ocean Trout (cold and hot smoked); Salmon or Trout Caviar; Smoked Rainbow Trout; and Salmon or Trout Pâté.
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture had a successful Show, picking up two Gold medals and a Silver, as well as being named Champion Prawn Exhibit for its Gold Coast Tiger Prawns.
Tathra Oysters once again took home the title of Champion Sydney Rock Oyster Exhibit as well as three Gold and one Silver medal.
Steward-in-Chief Gerry Andersen said the quality of this year's entrants was extremely impressive, and gave special mention to the Oyster category.
"The floods had a devastating effect on the North Coast oyster farmers but the quality of the entrants from waters that were not affected was very high with the Champion Oyster again an exceptional example of what can be achieved with careful farming," he said.
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