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Home grown highlighted in Chocolate Show

23 Mar 2017

The search is on for the country’s best producers and chocolatiers with entries now open for the 2017 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS). Read more

Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship awarded to Elizabeth Tonge

23 Mar 2017

Elizabeth Tonge, a veterinary student from Casino, will help shape the future of the NSW dairy industry as the winner of the 2017 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF). The scholarship supports tertiary students who are passionate about pursuing a career in the dairy industry and fosters the development of future NSW agricultural leaders. Ms Tonge received the $5,000 scholarship awarded in partnership with the Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee to support her career aspirations in the NSW dairy industry. She is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and is looking forward to assisting farmers in optimising herd health. “I plan to move back to a rural area at the end of my studies to support dairy farmers in disease management and prevention. I want to help improve the sustainability and profitability of their farms,” the third-year student said. Dairy is the third largest rural industry in Australia valued at more than $13 billion and directly employs around 38,000 people. “The dairy industry is exciting and multi-faceted, offering a lot of educational opportunities. If you’re prepared to jump in it can really take you anywhere,” Ms Tonge said. Growing up on a northern NSW dairy farm ignited the 21-year-old’s passion for the industry and the people in it. Included in the scholarship was the opportunity to steward at the 2017 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show earlier this month where world-class producers benchmarked their product against competitors. “It was an eye-opening opportunity to learn about the end products of milk and the link from farm management to what the consumer receives,” Ms Tonge said. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said the calibre of applicants was exceptional and applications were received from students representing a variety of educational pursuits. “Elizabeth came up against some very tough competition but impressed us with her passion for the industry not only at a local level but much more broadly in terms of her overall involvement. "Elizabeth showed us that she really is a future leader who is actively and enthusiastically striving for a career which will contribute to the positive future of our dairy industry,” Ross said. The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship is made possible by a donation from Country Valley, a long-time Sydney Royal award-winning producer. The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted community grants and scholarships. Visit rasf.org.au to learn more about the charitable RAS Foundation. Read more

Amazing Sydney - that's a wrap to the 2016 Show!

23 Mar 2017

Wednesday 30 March, 2016   It's all about the kids today as we celebrate the final day of the 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show) with half price Child ShowLink tickets- just $12.50. Kids can also enjoy 2-for-1 carnival rides until 5pm! As the largest ticketed event in the southern hemisphere wraps up today, approximately 750,000 people have come through the gates to learn a little bit more from their country cousins and say thanks to our farmers. This year, almost 19,500 Sydney Royal awards were proudly presented, while others came to meet farmyard animals, enjoy the carnival, grab one (or two) of the record 352 showbags on offer, eat show-food-favourites on a stick (and the oh so delicious Cheese Burger Pie) and enjoy 12 hours of free entertainment. Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Chief Executive, Michael Kenny, thanked people for coming to the Show, being a part of an amazing event and for supporting our farmers. "Sydneysiders have again embraced the Show, coming to learn about Australian agriculture, the hard work of our farmers and where our food and fibre comes from," Mr Kenny said. "The spectacular production of The Man From Snowy River delighted crowds in Spotless Stadium each evening and Troy Cassar-Daley's performances have been outstanding," Mr Kenny said. "We are pleased with the attendance given the Show did not fall within school holidays, especially over the Easter holiday weekend where crowds were the second highest they have been in the last ten years. We're already looking forward to a providing another big Show in 2017, where 12 of the 14 days will be within school holidays," Mr Kenny said. The Show will run from Thursday 6 April to Wednesday 19 April in 2017. Amazing Animals Animals certainly were the stars of the Show, with 14,000 calling it home over two weeks. The Farmyard Nursery welcomed the young and old who made some new farmyard friends with the 800 animals on hand. Goats, chickens, ponies, lambs and more were ready to be embraced by Showgoers. The nursery proved to be a busy environment in terms of animal activity where each day 74 eggs were laid by our resident hens and 840 bottles of milk were fed to our baby lambs ! In the Food Farm: 70,000 Junior Farm Hands Passports stamped 30,000 Junior Farm hands books given away More than 1,200  baby chicks hatched 10,000 kids said G'day to a Farmer with a handwritten note 3,500 serves of Moroccan Cous Cous was made by children in Get Kids Cooking 250kgs of wheat and oats where milled by kids Over 40,000 cups of water handed out by Sydney water ½ tonne chunky Hereford beef for the Gourmet Beef pie Food Glorious Food Showgoers had the opportunity to indulge in the many delightful treats on offer at the Show. The Petey Pie Bakery Cheese Burger Pie is the critically-acclaimed meal of choice at this year's Show. Petey Pie's Bakery has been non-stop in creating over 6,000 ofthese award winning hybrids. The bakers have gone through 2 tonnes of flour, 1.5 tonnes of meat and approximately 300kg of cheese! Our friends at the Country Women's Association (CWA) almost reached a record in the CWA Tea Room.  450 society members across NSW volunteered their time in preparing the beloved scones we know and love. Some 3,500 scones on average were sold each day which was just shy of the record set in 2015 of 49,512. Art of Michelangelo Gelato has been busy satisfying sweet cravings scooping out approximately 4 tonnes of gelato for Showgoers. Their tribute to the CWA scones, the Scones & Jam proved to be a contemporary hit also with 18,000 scoops sold. Fresh Lemonade was popular refreshment with approximately 30,000 cups sold over the past 2 weeks. Cheese Toasties proved to be a simple yet satisfying snack, with 10,000 sold alone on Good Friday at the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome! PLUS Showgoers ate their way through 20,000 Dagwood dogs and 30,000 servings of cheese on a stick! Showbags & Carnival Showbags proved to be a massive hit once again with Star Wars, Frozen, My Kitchen Rules, Sukin & Paw Patrol among the most popular bags on offer this year. In the carnival, the Kyle and Jackie O Haunted House , Star of the Show Ferris Wheel, Taipan Roller Coaster and Pirates Revenge proved popular with thrill seekers. Once again, the Super Slide proves to be extremely popular with Showgoers, with close to a quarter of a million people sliding down the colourful ride. Read more

حان وقت (حقائب) العرض!

10 Mar 2017

تواجد أكثر مختبري حقائب الهدايا في سيدني فطنة بأعداد كبيرة اليوم عندما قام 30 طفلا من مستشفى ويستميد للأطفال (Westmead Hospital for Children) ومستشفى الغرب الأقصى الملكي (Royal Far West) بمعاينة عينات حقائب الهدايا المتاحة التي سيتم عرضها في مهرجان الفصح الملكي الزراعي بسيدني (Sydney Read more

쇼 (백) 타임입니다!

10 Mar 2017

2017년 3 월 8일 수요일 Read more

奇趣包来啦!

10 Mar 2017

2017年3月8日,星期三 Read more

World-class winners have food down to a fine art

24 Feb 2017

Wednesday 22 February 2017 Australia's best fine food producers have been unveiled after ten days of judging outstanding bakery, coffee and aquaculture products at the 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show at Sydney Showground. Hosted by the not-for-profit Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), the Show rewarded excellence while promoting, fostering and encouraging the sustainable development of Australian agriculture. The Show's Coffee, Professional Bakery and Aquaculture competitions were an opportunity for producers to benchmark their products against their peers with a win distinguishing them as a fine food industry leader. More than 780 exhibits were judged between 31 January - 10 February with 12 Champions being awarded a coveted Sydney Royal Medal and a further 52 Gold, 134 Silver and 239 Bronze medals distributed. Chair of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, Sally Evans, said winners were selected by a panel of industry specialists through a blind judging process. "Sydney Royal is committed to creating a competitive space that promotes the pursuit of excellence in the fine food, wine and produce sectors," Ms Evans said. "Australian companies continue to benefit considerably from winning a Sydney Royal medal. Doors are opened to new marketing opportunities both locally and internationally," she added. Coffee 301 entries from 56 exhibitors were judged by an expert panel of Australia's most respected and fine-tuned palates. The high standard of quality required to earn a coveted Gold Medal was reinforced with just one being awarded in the 2017 competition alongside 25 Silver and 118 Bronze medals. Diva Coffee from Belrose was presented the prestigious Gold Medal, taking out Champion Latté for their Diva Fair Trade Blend which judges described as beautifully balanced with a fantastic full palate. All coffees were roasted in Australia using locally and internationally grown beans. Categories judged included international and Australian grown single origin and blend coffees across latte, espresso, plunger and decaffeinated. Professional Bakery The Sydney Royal Professional Bakery Competition saw 19 Gold, 65 Silver and 98 Bronze medals awarded. More than 340 entries across 64 classes were submitted by professional bakers from across the country. Brasserie Bread from Banksmeadow was awarded Champion Bread for their Flinders Ranges Sprouted Wheat thanks to its astounding volume, delicate crumb and good texture. A flavour trend was uncovered with The Gumnut Patisserie taking out Champion Pastry with their Salted Caramel Tartlet, and Cessnock's Exquisite Cakes by Lennert Salted Caramel Slice winning Champion Cake. The Gumnut Patisserie in Mittagong also saw their rising star, Samantha Trotter win Best Apprentice/Student Exhibit. Judges described her Blueberry and Custard Brioche, Raspberry Croissants and Vanilla Slice as an amazing selection of products with great consistency. The apprentice and student classes encourage the development of upcoming bakery professionals, ensuring the industry's continued success. Aquaculture This year the highest ever quality of oysters were presented to the judging panel which was reflected in the results with 11 more gold medals being awarded than in the 2016 competition. A total of 99 medals were awarded in 2017 consisting of 32 Gold, 44 Silver and 23 Bronze. Doyles Oysters from Batemans Bay claimed the Champion Sydney Rock Oyster and the Champion Aquaculture Product Perpetual Trophy donated by Noel Herbst OAM. Championship winners included: Champion Prawn: Pacific Reef Fisheries Champion Barramundi: Pejo Enterprises Champion Fresh Fish: Murray Gold Australia Champion Salmon Product: Pialligo Estate Champion Trout Product: Arc-en-Ciel Rainbow Trout Available for interview: Sally Evans, Chair Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee John Susman, Chair of Judges - Aquaculture Roger Haden, Chair of Judges - Professional Bakery Paul Mannassis, Chair of Judges - Coffee Further information and interview requests please contact: Roger White Public Relations Manager T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Alison Dance Communications Coordinator T: 02 9704 1041 E: adance@rasnsw.com.au Ends Read more

NSW SCHOOLS RECEIVE SPECIAL DELIVERIES FOR SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW MEAT BIRD COMPETITION

24 Feb 2017

23 February 2017 More than 90 NSW schools are this week receiving the special delivery of day old chicks, the start of a statewide "meat birds" competition to be judged at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Each school which has registered to participate in the competition is taking delivery of 14 one-day-old chicks supplied by competition sponsor Steggles. Volunteers have today come together at Sydney Showground to place the chicks in ventilated boxes ahead of delivery to NSW schools as far south as Albury, Murwillumbah in the north and Ivanhoe in the west. Students and their teachers who raise the chicks will then be permitted to enter one pair of male and one pair of female meat birds in the Poultry Show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which this year runs from April 6 to April 19. All participating schools have been required to guarantee competition organisers that they have adequate facilities to raise the birds. Each school as part of the program has designed a food program for their birds aimed at maximising their growth for their arrival at six weeks of age by the time of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Competition provides students with a glimpse into the Poultry industry and works to dispel hormone myths surrounding chicken meat production. All entries in the 2017 Meat Bird Pairs Classes will progress to a Carcase Judging Class with the exhibits being judged to the standards of the Commercial Trade. The competition will be judged by an industry representative on the potential value of the birds exhibited to the Commercial Trade. Murray Wilton, General Manager Agriculture and the Royal Easter Show says Poultry competitions have been part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show for more than 150 years, dating back to 1858. "The Australian Chicken Meat Industry is a vital part of the NSW agriculture scene and poultry has been a staple in many Australian households long before that," he said. "This competition also assists in giving NSW students an insight into future employment opportunities within the Poultry Industry, importantly in areas where jobs are hard to come by," Mr Wilton said. Ends Roger White PR Manager Royal Agricultural Society of NSW rwhite@rasnsw.com.au T: 02 9704 1453   Alison Dance Communications Coordinator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW adance@rasnsw.com.au T: 02 9704 1041                          Read more
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