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Tasmanian winery sparkles at KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show

29 Jul 2016

House of Arras were the stand-out producer at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show last week, winning the KPMG Perennial Trophy for Best Wine of Show, and two other significant awards for their sparkling wines. Read more

Applications now open for 2017 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship

18 Jul 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation has opened the door for passionate tertiary students who are pursuing a career in the dairy produce industry by offering the 2017 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship. Read more

Applications open for RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships

18 Jul 2016

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is eager to hear from students who are passionate about following a career in rural and regional NSW, and who need a financial helping hand to complete their tertiary studies. Read more

Aussie wines dancing on extremely experienced French palates

15 Jul 2016

The best of Australian wines are being put under the microscope, dancing on extremely experienced French palates at this year’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. Read more

Applications open for JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism

1 Jul 2016

The search for the next generation of Australia's rural journalists has begun with applications now open for the 2017 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism. Read more

New Chief Executive appointed at RAS

28 Jun 2016

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has today announced the appointment of Mr Brock Gilmour to the role of Chief Executive. Mr Gilmour, an employee of the RAS for over 20 years and most recently General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services, will confidently step into the role after the resignation of Mr Michael Kenny, following over four years of service. Brock Gilmour has experience in over ten roles at the RAS, including positions within Food & Beverage, Operations and most recently, Finance. With three degrees in areas of Mathematics, Science and Accounting, Mr Gilmour has a thorough understanding of all business operations, with an education to match. RAS President, Robert Ryan, said while he is saddened to lose such an inspiring colleague in Mr Kenny, he is extremely pleased with the Board’s permanent appointment of Mr Gilmour. “Brock Gilmour has already proved his passion and commitment to our organisation, and it’s an exciting opportunity for the business to have his intellect and skill at the centre point of all decisions moving forward,” Mr Ryan said. “It’s a great time to be in agriculture, and it’s fulfilling to have the Board’s and Councillors’ belief in our new Chief Executive, who will lead this organisation into an even better space. “Michael Kenny has created a strong and positive culture within the RAS. He will be missed by the whole business, however he will leave a long-lasting legacy with the excellent initiatives he implemented during his four years in the role, including enhancing RAS infrastructure and revenue streams,” said Mr Ryan. Mr Gilmour said he was honoured and humbled by the new appointment and hopes to lead the organisation forward in this new era. “I’m flattered to be approved by the Board and appointed Chief Executive at the RAS, an organisation with incredible history,” said Mr Gilmour. “After 194 years, it’s a testament to the business that it not only still delivers Australia’s largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but hosts many of the state’s major exhibitions, sporting teams, concerts and community festivals right in the heartland of Western Sydney at Sydney Showground. “There will be challenges that lie ahead, however I’m looking forward to being on the front line and working with the fantastic RAS team ensuring our organisation makes all the right decisions,” Mr Gilmour said.  Read more

CALLING ALL ENTRIES TO THE: 2016 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show

27 Jun 2016

Monday 27 June, 2016 As the final call for entries is made for the 2016 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, judges are eagerly awaiting the judging on 20 September, in what promises to be another year of record entries. Operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), the Show has seen entries rise over 50% since the competition became standalone in 2013. This can be attributed to the integrity of the competition, the rise of the small breweries and the quality, range and experience of judges. Neal Cameron, Chair of Judges, said the experienced and rising star judges are calling out for even more entries this year, particularly in the experimental classes. "The Sydney Royal Beer & Cider competition is significantly growing, particularly in the areas of pale ales as well as experimental classes, which we're encouraging this year." "There are some fantastic flavours out there, fruity and smoked just to name a few, and the judging panel would love to judge the best and most interesting beer and ciders Australia has to offer." "It's pleasing to not only see the number of entries rise but gold medals awarded as well. More entries do not always mean more medals, but Australia's quality of beer and cider is rising and we pride ourselves on acknowledging these fantastic producers with Sydney Royal medals," he said. The Panel Chairs for this year's Show include Ian Kingham, Tina Panoutsos, Chris Sheehan, Shawn Sherlock and Warrick Billings, leading industry professionals whose reputations match the esteemed competition. For the first time, winners of the competition will be announced along with the results of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show at the Fine Food and Good Brew Awards Night on Friday 23 September. This event is open to the public and will include the opportunity to taste quality, medal winning beer, cider and fine food. Full results will be available following the Fine Food and Good Brew Awards Night at: .   2016 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show - key dates: Awards Night tickets on sale:  Wednesday 29 June 2016 Entries open:  Wednesday 1 June 2016 Entries close:  Friday 8 July 2016 Exhibits to be delivered:  Monday 12 September 2016 - Friday 16 September Judging - beer and cider competitions:  Tuesday 20 September 2016 Fine Food and Good Brew Awards Night:  Friday 23 September 2016 Results Released:  Friday 23 September 2016   Available for interview: Neal Cameron, Chair of Judges Sally Evans, Steward-in-Chief, Beer & Cider Show Media representatives are invited to attend the judging, which is closed to the public. Photo and interview opportunities with Judges will be available on request. As the judging is highly sensory, media are asked to please avoid strong scents such as perfumes, colognes and cigarette smoke prior to attending.   More information is available at Keep up-to-date with the news from Sydney Royal: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:   Further information and interview requests please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: Read more

Diverse range of students to receive RASF Rural Scholarships

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 58 students have been awarded a Rural Scholarship in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF’s 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to over 300 rural scholarship recipients since 2011. The Rural Scholars will be awarded their scholarships at three presentations around the state, including Armidale (20 July), Wagga Wagga (27 July) and Sydney (3 August).   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E:   About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: 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 grants and scholarships. Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more
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