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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

Sydney Royal's Grape, Grain & Graze Festival to ignite Sydney tastebuds

23 Jul 2018

For lovers of fine wine it is truly a once a year opportunity. The Grape, Grain & Graze Festival, formerly known as the Sydney Royal Wine Experience, will be held on Saturday afternoon, 11 August, 2018 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park (2pm to 6pm). Not only does the Grape, Grain & Graze Festival allow you to taste this year’s Sydney Royal award-winning wines, beers and ciders, but you will also find out why they were the choice of the experts through face-to-face tutorials. All this with Sydney Royal award–winning food and music to match. Each of the 2300 wines judged behind closed doors in the annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show just days earlier will be on offer, allowing ticketholders to make their own judgements, as will beer and cider medallists awarded by industry experts in the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show. Industry Judges will be on hand to answer your questions and guide your palate around the stunning array of varietals and blends. Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee Sally Evans says the Grape, Grain & Graze Festival is unique: “Nowhere else in Australia will you be given this sort of opportunity to taste such a vast array of award-winning wines, beers, ciders and produce,” Sally Evans said, “This is a once a year experience, offering extraordinary value for money, which brings the public into direct contact with the very best Australia has to offer from the land. “These producers take extreme pride in what they create, and for the public to be able to enjoy these offerings on such a grand scale and all in the one location is a real treat. “Whether you are seeking a fun afternoon out with your girlfriends, your partner or a group of mates, our team at Sydney Royal has every base covered for you,” Sally Evans said.        Event Details Date & Time: Saturday 11 August 2018, 2pm-6pm Ticketing: Pre-Purchased Single ticket $90 + booking fee (bf) Double Passes $164 + bf Closes Friday 10 August at 5pm RAS Member Prices - Please use the Promotional Code provided in the Members Newsletter to receive the discount Single Ticket $80 + bf (pre-purchased) Double Pass $150 + bf Groups of more than 10 tickets attract a discount and can be purchased by contacting Lindsey at GGG@rasnsw.com.au Door Ticket – Public: Single Ticket $100 Double Pass $184 Door Ticket – Members: (Showing Membership) $90 Please note: the online ticketing link will close Friday 10 August at 5pm. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the door on the day Your Ticket Includes: 1x Riedel Ouverture Glass Unlimited tasting of the 2018 KPMG Sydney Wine Show Entries (2200+) Access to the Trophy Room (5x Tastings) Access to the Beer & Cider Garden 2x Beer/Cider Tasting Paddle Vouchers Grazing stations that include a huge array of Sydney Royal award-winning products Event Guide and Results Catalogue Wine “Judges Masterclass” with Chair of Judges PJ Charteris and International Judge Fongyee Walker MW Beer & Cider “Judges Masterclass” with Chair of Judges Neal Cameron, as well as other Beer & Cider experts. Sydney Royal award-winning producers onsite offering tastings and products to purchase For more information: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/events/GrapeGrainGraze/ This is an 18+ only event, ID may be requested upon arrival.   Media Contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: 02 9704 1453 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au or Nicola Dalby Communications Coordinator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: 02 9704 1401 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au Read more

(RASF) scholarship to fund “low budget - big ambitions” to advance the Australian Wine Industry

3 Jul 2018

The winemaking sector in Australia is full of amazing stories of people who have been able to turn their talents or bright ambition into market-leading labels, scientific breakthroughs or world-class innovations. Read more
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