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Victorian olives shine at Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards

Victorian olive producers took home 76 medals across the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Table Olives and Flavoured Oil categories at this year’s Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.

An impressive olive harvest season boosted the number of entries to 144 from 54 producers across Australia. 166 medals were awarded in total which included 17 gold, 41 silver and 58 bronze.

Stand out producers at the awards included Salute Oliva which took home a gold, silver and bronze medal for its Kalamata Olives, Manzanillo Olives and Semi Dried Manzanillo Olives respectively.

Hojiblanca from Lisadurne Hill, Victoria claimed a gold medal for the second consecutive year in the Boutique Class Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil category and New South Wales producer, Alto Olives swept the floor by taking home 14 medals in total with five in the Table Olives category, seven in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil classes and two for its Mandarin and Lemon Flavoured Oils.

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the awards highlight the hard work of Australia’s finest producers.

“On behalf of the RASV, I congratulate all medal winners. The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards promotes and celebrates excellence across the fine food industry, recognising boutique producers, regional specialists and commercial manufacturers,” said O’Sullivan.

“All entrants benefit from industry insight and benchmarking from high calibre judges, providing medal winners a valuable opportunity to promote and market products under the awards’ seal of quality and excellence.”

 

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