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Tasmanian producer named as innovative national finalist

14 Oct 2016

A Tasmanian wine producer is highlighting the region on the national map after being announced as a finalist in the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW prestigious President’s Medal competition. House of Arras became eligible for selection after it won Best Sparkling and Best Wine of Show in the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show this year with its 2007 Grand Vintage. Finalists are eligible for section after winning a ‘Best in Show’ or ‘Champion’ Sydney Royal award, in addition to a questionnaire and interview process where Triple Bottom Line (social, financial and environmental impact) attributes are assessed. Ed Halmagyi, President’s Medal judge, said the Medal does not just recognize Excellence in Agriculture but seeks to find innovative leadership in food producers, which is very unique. “House of Arras is a world-class producer focused on the excellence of wine making, not merely grape production. All the while they remain committed to the growth of the Tasmanian wine industry more broadly” he said. “While successfully producing an extraordinary Australian sparkling, House of Arras has unselfishly fostered grape growers’ development by providing competitive long-term contracts that enable growers to guarantee business, enlarge their own brands, and access capital, which had previously not always been possible. “House of Arras is a true leader in production, innovation and thought-leadership. As a result, the company has truly earned its President’s Medal finalist nomination,” Mr Halmagyi said. Following site tours of all finalists, the winning products are also assessed the judges, industry professionals closely attuned to current and emerging preferences to gauge its Market Acceptance. The judging panel includes broadcaster and food lover Simon Marnie (Chair of Judges), celebratory chefs Ed Halmagyi and Christine Manfield, Selector Magazine Publisher Paul Diamond and Deputy Director General, Agriculture and Chief Executive of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Michael Bullen. Media are invited to attend the judging tour of House of Arras: House of Arras Pipers Brook TAS 20 October, 2016 7am – 12pm Further information is available at: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/sydney-royal-competitions/competitions/presidents-medal/   For further information, interview requests, or to RSVP to attend the judging, please contact: James Riordan – Manager, Public Relations P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: jriordan@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Cowra producer named innovative national finalist

12 Oct 2016

A Cowra producer is one step closer to receiving the top gong in the food and wine industry after being announced as a finalist in the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) prestigious President's Medal competition, announced 25 November in Sydney. Read more

Australia's beer quality on the rise

26 Sep 2016

The medals were being awarded as quickly as the beers were poured this week at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, with judges observing that the quality of Australian brews was going from strength to strength. Read more

Sweet success at this year's Chocolate Show

26 Sep 2016

Chocolate lovers rejoiced on Friday evening at Sydney Showground, where winners for the inaugural 2016 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show were announced. Read more

Judges put Spring in the step of local producers

26 Sep 2016

Australia's best fine food producers were named on Friday evening as the 2016 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show held its annual awards night at Sydney Showground. Read more

Sydney Showground wins at the Australian Event Awards

22 Sep 2016

Sydney Showground has been announced as the winner of Best Achievement in Venue Management at the Australian Event Awards on Wednesday evening at a lavish ceremony on the Sunshine Coast.  This is the second major event industry victory for Sydney Showground within 12 months, after it won Best Venue Team at the Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia in December 2015. Both wins highlight the ongoing success and diversity of the company, which continues to deliver in the Australasian major event space, for music festivals, professional sporting teams, exhibitions through to the recent highly acclaimed 4,000-strong Chinese incentive gala dinner, Nu Skin. Peter Thorpe, General Manager of Sydney Showground, said he was thrilled with the win, which is a testament to consistent company-wide performance and outstanding customer engagement. “Sydney Showground operates 365 days a year and hosts 110 events for approximately 1.7 million people. It takes a cohesive, professional and efficient business to deliver outstanding service year-round, and I’m thrilled this Australian Event Award has highlighted the team’s efforts to the nation,” he said. “We provide high-end service to an array of clients, stakeholders and event attendees and I congratulate my team. This year, the business incredibly delivered Australia’s largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, before turning their dedication to the Nu Skin gala dinner within days. Our incredible chefs and service staff delivered 4,000, 5-star meals with precision timing, for this complex event – just one example of many where the team exceeded client expectations. “We were up against some incredible businesses and facilities such as Etihad Stadium, Luna Park and the Sydney Cricket Ground, so we’re thrilled to walk away with this fantastic recognition,” Peter Thorpe said. Co-chair of the Australian Event Awards independent industry judging panel, Sandy Hollway, former CEO of the 2000 Olympic Games, said the strength of all entries in the Event Awards is a testament to the Winners. “Winners this year have shown an impressive ability to bring creative, engaging concepts to life, and to surmount constraints and obstacles to deliver incredible experiences to attendees at a vast array of public and private events both in Australia and overseas,” Sandy Hollway said. The Australian Event Awards recognise the most outstanding events in Australia and achievements in the industry around the world.  Further information and interview requests please contact: James Riordan Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t (02) 9704 1453 e   jriordan@rasnsw.com.au DID YOU KNOW? Sydney Showground is a not-for-profit with all revenue going directly back into supporting agriculture and rural communities in NSW (Sydney Showground is part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, RAS) Spotless Stadium was voted No. 1 for AFL fan experience in 2015 Spotless Stadium is home to the GWS Giants, Sydney Thunder and will host 8 home games of the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2016-17 Sydney Showground has the Best Venue Team, as awarded by EEAA in 2015 Sydney Showground is the winner of Best Achievement in Venue Management at the Australian Event Awards 2016 Sydney Showground has 22 unique venues  Sydney Showground hosts over 110 large events each year Sydney Showground can cater for events from 100 to 10,000 people Sydney Showground hosts Australia’s largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show Sydney Showground welcomes over 1.7 million visitors a year Sydney Showground has 5 hotels within walking distance   Sydney Showground has over 30 places to eat within 300m of the site Read more

Spotless Stadium lobbying to increase capacity

21 Sep 2016

Ahead of Saturday's expected sell-out AFL Preliminary Final between the GWS Giants and Western Bulldogs, the operators of Spotless Stadium have reinforced their intention to increase its capacity with Stage 2 of the 2011 upgrade. Read more

Spotless Stadium ready for first AFL Final

19 Sep 2016

Spotless Stadium is set to host its first ever AFL final when the GWS Giants take on the Western Bulldogs this Saturday at 5:15pm. Read more
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