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Colin Fassnidge named Guest Chef for Sydney Royal's President's Medal

24 Nov 2017

Celebrity Sydney chef Colin Fassnidge has been announced as the Guest Chef and a Market Acceptance Judge for the upcoming President's Medal presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. The President's Medal is Sydney Royal's “grand final” after 12 months of Food and Wine competitions presided over by domestic and international expert judges. It recognises the best-of-the-best after a thorough examination of all the finalists, selected from among the Championship winning products from Sydney Royal competitions across 2017-18. In 2017 the prestigious President's Medal was awarded to Victoria's Cobram Estate for its Champion Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2016 Ultra Premium Hojiblanca.    Dublin-born Colin Fassnidge has forged a reputation for his no-nonsense approach as a judge on television’s My Kitchen Rules. “I look forward to my involvement in the President’s Medal,” Colin said about the offer to join the Sydney Royal team as President’s Medal Guest Chef and Market Acceptance Judge. “These people are top shelf in what they do and it will be great to be creative around their products”, he said. Colin is the latest in a prestigious line of well-known chefs to accept the role as Guest Chef for the President's Medal. In the past it has included Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Peter Doyle, Peter Gilmore, Justin North, Mark Best, David Clarke, Christine Manfield, James Viles and current Executive Chef, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Tim Browne. Sydney Royal Wine and Fine Food Committee Chair Lyndey Milan OAM welcomed Colin Fassnidge's acceptance of the President's Medal role. “Colin is the perfect fit for the President's Medal”. “He has a reputation for recoognising excellence and demanding the best and that is exactly what the President's Medal process is all about uncovering, excellence. “Colin is known for his 'nose to tail' style in food preparation, so little goes to waste,” Lyndey Milan said. As Guest Chef, Colin will evaluate the commercial attractiveness of the six President's Medal fianlists and select one of their products to design a dish around for the Awards Night to held during the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Colin will also be a guest speaker at the Awards Night and speak to the President's Medal selection process. President's Medal finalists are rigorously evaluated on the triple bottom line including the quality, marketability, financial integrity and environmental sensitivity of their operations.   Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: Read more

Sydney Showground to host first fully-sanctioned Irish Hurling match held outside Ireland

22 Nov 2017

Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park is very pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to host the Sydney Irish Festival in November 2018, including a competitive hurling match between two of the biggest clubs in Ireland. The Sydney Irish Festival will be held across two days (November 10 and 11) in 2018 and will be a mix of art, culture, music, dance, food, drink and sport. The 2018 Wild Geese Trophy will be contested at Spotless Stadium inside Sydney Showground by the reigning All Ireland Hurling champions Galway and the winner of the 2018 National Hurling League.  I t will be the first time a full format Hurling match will have been played outside Ireland. The Wild Geese Trophy has been named in honour of 6 Irish fenians who successfully escaped the British ruled penal colony in Western Australia in 1876, an act of defiance that would later become known as the Catalpa Rescue. Hurling is a fast-paced (considered the fastest game on grass) physical contact sport dating back to the  7th century and is one of the national sports of Ireland. Played in two thirty-five minute halves by teams of 15 per side, hurling is set to excite curious Sydneysiders and Irish expats keen to get a taste of their homeland across one weekend in November.   The family focused Sydney Irish Festival will also include a Guinness World Record attempt to make the world’s biggest Irish stew. General Manager, Sydney Showground, Peter Thorpe says the choice of Sydney Showground as host of the inaugural Sydney Irish Festival is testament to the diversity that Sydney Showground is well known for; hosting big events.  “We don’t do things by halves, we are always looking for new, innovative and exciting events to host at our venue,” he said. ”We have been working solidly for over 12months with our client PSEvents, GAA (Hurling’s governing body) and of course Sydney Olympic Park Authority to make this never seen before wonderful family day out Festival.      “Each year our Sydney Royal Easter Show hosts upwards of 850,000 visitors, so we have a reputation for hosting big events in a seamless manner. “We are very excited about hosting the Sydney Irish Festival, in particular the Wild Geese Trophy Hurling match as we know Australia has a very deep connection with Ireland and the Irish dating back more than two centuries,” Mr Thorpe said. Tickets are now on sale for the Sydney Irish Festival and can be purchased via;  | 136 100 Further details of the Sydney Irish Festival can be found at; 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) Is located right in the heart of the Sydney Metro area – almost ½ of Sydney’s population lives within 30 minutes of Sydney Showground Olympic Park Station is right on the doorstep - trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes 7 days a week Is serviced by four regular bus routes – buses run all day every day of the week Is serviced by regular ferries to and from Sydney and Parramatta Has parking for 10,000 cars Is located within walking distance to over 800 hotel rooms Has award winning food & beverage staff as well as award winning catering Is adjacent to over 30 restaurants and numerous amenities Is home to AFL’s GWS Giants, Football’s Western Sydney Wanderers and the Big Bash League’s Sydney Thunder Read more

The Sydney Royal Easter Show’s ‘The Stables’ wins International award in Florida

17 Nov 2017

The Sydney Royal Easter Show's popular new venue ‘The Stables’ has been recognised as “Best New Innovation in Food and Beverage” - (Attendance under 1 million) at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Brass Ring Awards held in Florida in the United States. For many years The Stables was known to showgoers as the temporary home to the popular Clydesdales and the RM Williams emporium. But at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show The Stables made its debut as a chic two level venue for upmarket food and beverage offerings complete with an old-style barber shop and two bars. The Stables turned out to be an extremely popular venue for many of the more than 922,000 visitors to this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show and subsequently saw it become a finalist in the Brass Ring Awards. Shane McGrath, Senior Manager of Operations and Product Development for the Sydney Royal Easter Show says the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is thrilled with the international recognition. “To be a finalist was fantastic, to walk away with the title amongst some quality competition is thrilling for all involved,” he said. “A great deal of research, work and substantial resources went into designing and delivering the new- look The Stables and this international recognition justifies the effort and desire to keep the Sydney Royal Easter Show fresh, while not forgetting our heritage of almost 200 years. “We’d also like to congratulate the other Australian attractions who have come away from the Brass Ring Awards as winners including Sea World, Movie World and Sydney’s Luna Park. “It shows that Australia can entertain our guests as well as anyone in the world,” Shane McGrath said. IAPPA is the leading industry association for amusement parks and attraction in the world representing some 5,300 member facilities and manufacturers in 99 countries. The full list of winners and categories can be found here . Ends For more information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations P: 02 9704 1453 or 0478 092 425 E: Read more

Official Statement: Wanderers Match Postponed

17 Nov 2017

Please see below the official statement from Sydney Showground management in regards to the recent postponement of the Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix: Read more

Scholarships reopen to NSW VET students

8 Nov 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is again supporting education in rural NSW throughscholarships of up to $6,000 for students studying Vocational Education Training (VET) courses. Read more

Tell Santa he can order Easter Show tickets online now

3 Nov 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has today announced the immediate release of online ticket sales for the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. In 2018 the Sydney Royal Easter Show will be held from Friday, 23 March until Tuesday, 3 April - The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the biggest annual ticketed event in the Southern Hemisphere and this year attracted attendances of more than 922,000. Significantly, this is the third straight year that online ticket prices have been frozen by the RAS of NSW. The traditional coming together of City and Country began in Sydney in 1822 and the 2018 edition will be the 20th anniversary of "The Show" being held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. General Manager Agriculture and the Sydney Royal Easter Show Murray Wilton says getting online early will save you money on Easter Show tickets; "While you may think it is a long way off, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is fast approaching and our team has been working tirelessly to deliver a sensational 2018 Show", Mr Wilton said. "We believe the pricing of our tickets represents excellent value with truly world class entertainment and a standard of competitions unrivalled anywhere in Australia". "From woodchop and pet and livestock competitions to the very latest in fashion and technology, the Sydney Royal Easter Show always delivers and we are certain 2018 will continue that tradition of top shelf entertainment and learning". "What better way to answer the headache over what to buy family and friends for Christmas than to add to their Christmas stocking some tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show", he said. Tickets pre-purchased online* prior to the Show starting are:  $37.00 - adult $22.00 - child (4 to 15 years) $27.00 - concession $99.50 - family (2 adults and 2 children) *Ticketmaster handling fee of $2.60 applies.  Please note: A child is anyone 4 - 15 years of age and school pupils 16 - 18 years of age in possession of a ROA School Pupil ID Card (Form 202) or valid School Transport Pass (eg: State Rail School Rail Pass). Entry is free for children 3 years and under. A Concession ticket is for any full-time tertiary student in possession of a Student Identification Card, or any other valid concession, as stipulated by  Transport for NSW . Tickets can be purchased from today online via .   Roger White Manager, Public Relations P: 02 9704 1453 or 0478 092 425 E: Read more

Blue Mountains Man secures inaugural Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship

24 Oct 2017

Aspiring NSW winemaker Tom Colman has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Sydney Royal Wine Assessment scholarship. The scholarship is the result of a partnership between the Sydney Royal Wine Committee and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, RASF. The aim of the scholarship is to encourage and support young professionals passionate about wine and committed to forging a career in the Australian wine industry. Growing up at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains gave now 26 year old Tom a passion for the outdoors. Despite this being a distance from the established winemaking regions, Tom's passion for agriculture and viticulture spurred him towards a degree in winemaking and viticulture to which he graduated with honours. During his degree he spent his free time working for various winemakers in the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills, such as James Erskine at Jauma and Alex Schulkin at The Other Right. Since then he has worked for a variety of wineries within America, Spain and north-eastern France. Tom says he is particularly excited by the opportunity to witness and contribute to changing wine styles and consumer education about the Australian wine industry. This has led him to start a small wine project with his father called Frankly Wines which uses fruit fermented in the family garage. "I’ve always dedicated my time and energy into bettering others and helping others achieve their goals," Tom Colman said. "It means a lot to me that this has been seen and that I can take a step back for a minute and focus on improving myself. "I hope to use all this knowledge to make myself a better taster and improve my knowledge on the world of wine. "I hope to do some associate judging in the future or some broader commentary on wine,” Tom said. The Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship, valued at $6000, will see Tom Colman take up a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course next month in Adelaide.   For further information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) P: 02 9704 1453 | E: Read more

Prawns are back – Piccolo debuts – Entries now open for Sydney Royal’s Summer Fine Food Competitions

17 Oct 2017

After being rested in 2017 due to the Australian (Queensland) outbreak of White Spot disease, Prawns are a welcome return to Sydney Royal's Summer Fine Food competitions. The 2017 Show saw prawns excluded from the judging schedule due to the highly contagious White Spot virus which made its way from overseas and was detected in south-east Queensland farmed prawns in late 2016. "We are very pleased to welcome the Prawn sector back to the fold in 2018," said Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee Chair Lyndey Milan OAM. "Sydney Royal felt it was regrettable but necessary to suspend the prawn categories from competition in 2017 due to White Spot. "However upon advice given, Prawns will make their return to the Sydney Royal Summer Aquaculture competition. "Summer and prawns are a much-loved Australian combination and we look forward to what the expert judges have to say when the Aquaculture categories are judged on the 8th and 9th of February next year," Lyndey Milan said. The Aquaculture (farmed seafood) competition will also see judging of Oysters, Trout & Salmon (smoked & cured) plus fresh fish classes including Barramundi and Murray Cod. The Sydney Royal Coffee Competition will feature Piccolo for the very first time in Blend or Single Origin and 100% Australian grown classes, recognising the evolution of coffees roasted specifically for this increasingly-popular style. The judging will take place at The Stables at Sydney Showground on January 30 through to February 1, 2018. The 2018 Sydney Royal Professional Bakery competition will also be judged at The Stables, this taking place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of February 2018 across a total of 64 Bread, Biscuit and Pastry classes, including an apprentice/student baking competition. Entries for Coffee and Professional Bakery close Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 while Aquaculture entries close Wednesday 3 January, 2018. Ends For more information, visit Roger White - Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW M: 0478 092 425| P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: Read more
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