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“Despite the adversity, we are still producing outstanding products” – Sydney Royal Chair of Judges (Cheese and Dairy).

12 Sep 2018

Entries have opened today for the 2019 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show with Chair of Judges Mark Livermore urging producers to enter despite the tough drought conditions they are currently facing. The Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show is a time-honoured annual competition celebrating excellence within the Australian Dairy Industry. It also helps to set acceptable standards within the dairy sector Read more

Judging Begins today at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show

30 Aug 2018

Now watch them bring in their best in the annual series of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Competitions. Yes it has been another tough winter, but our primary producers are a resilient bunch and we’ll get to see just how resilient in the upcoming Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food series of competitions at The Stables, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Read more

RAS Rural Achiever Award entries open as we search for our future country leaders

24 Aug 2018

The call has gone out today for young rural achievers in NSW to step forward as the need for their enthusiasm and leadership is as great as in living memory. Read more

Just 10 days left to apply for the RAS Foundation’s Rural Scholarships

22 Aug 2018

It is in times of hardship that communities stick together, providing more than just a nod of understanding but meaningful support and while much of eastern Australia is suffering from the effects of lingering drought, we see examples of our youth standing up and lending a hand. Read more

RASF Scholarship winners recognised in Sydney Presentation

16 Aug 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) overnight honoured recipients of the 2018 RASF Rural Scholarships program at a ceremony in Sydney. Read more

Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Award Winners named at Sydney Showground

13 Aug 2018

Australia's emergence as a force in quality craft beer and cider making has been celebrated this weekend with the staging of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The announcement of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards was the culmination of weeks of expert judging of both the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show. While the connection between beer competition and the Agricultural Society of NSW dates back to 1824 (the awarding of ten Spanish dollars for a hogshead of the best beer at Parramatta), there was no beer competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from 1918-2007. The Sydney Royal Beer and Cider competition earned its own stand-alone status in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength as its popularity among Australian beer and cider devotees grows. Chair of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Awards Neal Cameron says the standard of entries is improving year on year; "The quality of the beers we are getting through is just incredible, to the point that if brewers don't reach a certain marking standard, Judges become a little annoyed that you have made them drink that beer," Neal Cameron said. "The quality of ciders was also exemplary this year," he said. Of the 225 entries received this year, five champions were chosen. They were: CHAMPION PACKAGED BEER - PIRATE LIFE BREWING PIRATE LIFE BREWING PIRATE LIFE MOSAIC IPA CHAMPION DRAUGHT BEER - LORD NELSON BREWERY LORD NELSON NELSPRESSO BROWN ALE CHAMPION EXPERIMENTAL OR SPECIALTY BEER - HOPE BREWHOUSE HOPE BREWHOUSE BARREL AGED EXTRA STOUT BEST NSW BEER - AUSTRALIAN BREWERY AUSTRALIAN SEIS HERMANOS CHAMPION CIDER - FLYING BRICK CIDER CO FLYING BRICK CIDER ORIGINAL CIDER. Blair Hayden, Managing Director of Sydney’s Lord Nelson Brewery (winner of Champion Draught Beer) says the Australian Beer and Cider industry watches closely international REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE influences and innovation to help satisfy the developing tastes of Australian drinkers, but is devoted to Australian product; "It is a very strong growth industry within Australia and I think the influence of established brewers such as ourselves who are 100% natural and obviously using Australian malted barley and supporting the country’s needs augurs well for the industry in this country," Blair Hayden said. Flying Brick Cider Co. from Wallington near Geelong in Victoria flew the flag for the Cider sector as the sole champion amongst the five champions declared at the Sydney Showground presentation. All Sydney Royal Beer and Cider competition results can be found here; www.rasnsw.com.au/sydney-royal-competitions/competitions/beer--cider/results/   For further information and images of the Beer and Cider Awards please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Manager Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t 02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Chardonnay named Wine of the Show at a record breaking 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show

10 Aug 2018

The 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show has produced a tale in two parts – the continued excellence of some of Australia’s household names in winemaking and the emergence of the new brigade. Read more

RASF Scholarship winners recognised in Armidale Presentation

26 Jul 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) has honoured New England-based students who are recipients of the 2018 RASF Rural Scholarships program. At a function held at Booloominbah Homestead in Armidale last night, 10 students were recognised as recipients of the RASF Rural Scholarships which help towards covering the cost of their full or part-time tertiary studies. The purpose of the scholarships is to assist rural-based students in the hope that following their graduation, they bring their newfound skills and qualifications back to their hometowns or other regional parts of New South Wales. Whether that is through agriculture, the health services or education fields, the RASF scholarships aim to see qualifications targeted to where there is often a void. RASF Manager Cecilia Logan reflected on last night’s presentations and the worthy recipients; “This year’s scholarship winners have demonstrated a drive and dedication towards not only their personal pursuits, but their local communities,” Ms Logan said. “The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. 2018 rural scholar Kieran Smith from Inverell mentioned the impact a helping hand can have on achieving his dreams within agriculture.   “This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies by reducing the hours I need to work to support myself. I have also been able to participate in important events which allow me to make industry connections and meet like-minded people,” Co-sponsored by NSW Merino Stud Breeders and the UNE Foundation, Kieran hopes to further his career in the merino and agricultural industry once he has completed his course. Last night’s award ceremony will now be followed by presentations in Wagga Wagga and Sydney in coming weeks. Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study. Do you have what it takes to be a 2019 Rural Scholar? See the details here . The RASF offers a range of student scholarships which can be viewed via our website www.rasf.org.au For further information, please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: 02 9704 1453 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au    Nicola Dalby Communications Coordinator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: 02 9704 1401 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au 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 www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more
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