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Rural NSW a winner from returning scholars – Royal Agricultural Society Foundation of NSW (RASF) Scholarship applications open 1 July 2018

25 Jun 2018

The heart of a community is always its people, but for many rural and regional NSW towns, the challenge is to hold onto them and not lose them and their skills to the bright lights of the big cities. For this reason, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) established its Rural Scholarships program in 2007. The RASF Rural Scholarships provide financial support to selected part-time and full-time tertiary students to assist in their education and ideally see them return to their hometowns to roll out their much-valued skill sets. 2018 has seen 53 students from around the state receive study grants of $3000 for part-time and $6000 for full-time study. They range in scope from budding veterinarians to physiotherapists and mental health practitioners. Applications will open next week for the 2019 Rural Scholarships program. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.rasnsw.com.au/scholarships to discover more about the Rural Scholarships program and complete the online application form. RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan says the feedback the scholarship recipients give about the importance of the financial helping hand proves just how important it is; “We constantly hear from our recipients the difference these funds make towards them achieving their qualifications,” Cecilia Logan said. “The generosity of the public and our benefactors is of an enormous benefit to not only the students but their families and communities. “Services that are rare or non-existent in some circumstances in rural NSW are being established because RAS Foundation scholarship recipients are bringing their skills back home,” Cecilia Logan said. July 1 2018 sees the opening up of the next round of applications for the RAS Foundation Scholarships, with successful applicants announced mid-2019. 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.   For media inquiries please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: (02) 9704 1453 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Entries Open- 2018 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show

15 May 2018

Entries will open today for the most decadent competition on the Sydney Royal calendar, the 2018 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show. For the first time this prestigious competition will take place alongside the smooth festival of chocolate at Sydney Showground, capping a perfect weekend of all things chocolate. Chair of Judges and 2018 Champion of the RAS (Royal Agricultural Society of NSW) Jodie Van Der Velden has welcomed the move to allow the public to see what has in the past been a behind-closed-doors judging process. “For the first time the public will be able to witness the mechanics of the judging process and see firsthand the substantial commitment and professionalism of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW,” Ms Van Der Velden said. Last year’s competition saw entrants from around the nation judged across 22 classes. Classes range from chocolate blocks to truffles, chilli chocolate and handcrafted showpieces built on-site and against the clock. Expert judges will assess entrants based on taste, texture, smoothness and innovation (flavour and texture). A unique aspect of the Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show is its focus on student categories, providing apprentice chocolatiers the chance to further develop their skills. “The creation of our student category is one of my proudest accomplishments,” said Jodie Van Der Velden. “The key in raising the quality of products in our industry ideally starts with our future leaders and their grounding in quality training,” she said. Prizes include training packages for winners to further their specific industry skills, among these the acclaimed Callebaut Belgian Chocolate Academy. Entries for the Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show close 5 pm Wednesday June 13, 2018. Further details can be found at: www.sydneyroyal.com.au/chocolate Judging will take place at the smooth festival of chocolate on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of September at Sydney Showground. For more information 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 Nicola Dalby Communications Coordinator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t: (02) 9704 1041 m: 0434 579 906 e: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Entries Open for Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show

19 Apr 2018

One of the fastest growing industries in Australia, the Beer and Cider sector is about to take centre stage once again via the prestigious Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show.   Entries have now opened for what is each becoming an increasingly diverse and exciting industry in Australia and gaining acclaim around the world.   In 2018, esteemed Sydney Royal judges will taste and award entries from 40 classes that include bottled and draught beers and ciders.   Chair of Judges for the 2018 Beer and Cider Show Neal Cameron says this competition serves several purposes;   “Of course the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show sets out to recognise and celebrate the very best product and producers we have in Australia, but it also offers up-and-coming beer and cider makers an opportunity to gain individual feedback from our expert judges,” Neal Cameron said.   “It is a rapidly expanding sector which lends itself to seemingly endless creative options and that is why last year for the first time we introduced a dedicated Experimental and Specialty Beer Champion category,” he said.   In 2017 Hope Brewhouse earned the title of Champion within this category for its superb Barrel-Aged Extra Stout.   “We also encourage Sours to be entered into the Experimental & Specialty classes this year, reflecting the growth of the affection for this style of Beer by brewers and drinkers alike”. Entries for this year’s Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show close at 5pm, Wednesday 16 th of May 2018.     Further details can be found at: www.sydneyroyal.com.au/beercider   The judging will take place on the new date of Tuesday the 24 th July, 2018 in the Southee Pavilion at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.   The Awards Presentation will take place in Hall 6 Sydney Showground on Saturday, 11 th of August, 2018 from 12pm at the public tasting event; Grape, Grain & Graze Festival. < Ends >   For further information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t (02) 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Brasserie Bread wins Prestigious Sydney Royal President's Medal Sydney Royal

29 Mar 2018

Sydney-based Brasserie Bread has risen above some of Australia’s most famous and successful fine food and wine producers to be named the best of the best and take out the 12 th Annual Sydney Royal President’s Medal. The winner was announced at a gala dinner held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park tonight during week one of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Brasserie Bread was founded by baker Michael Klausen and business partner Tony Pappas in 1995 and has its base at Banksmeadow in Sydney, but now has retail outlets across Queensland, Victoria and NSW. The President’s Medal is the pinnacle of the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food competitions a cross the calendar year, with the winner acknowledged as representing the very best Australia has to offer. Brasserie Bread was nominated for its Champion Bread, Flinders Ranges Sprouted Wheat Loaf in the Professional Bakery Competition, thanks to its astounding volume, delicate crumb and good texture. Robert Ryan OAM, President of the RAS, congratulated Brasserie Bread on their extraordinary achievement. “The President’s Medal recognises Australian producers that create the highest quality products by sustainable means, optimising excellence in food production,” he said. “Brasserie Bread excelled in a field of more than 5,300 entries and almost 500 classes from across the country in the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows. These Competitions produced 85 Champion products.” Lyndey Milan OAM, Chair of the Fine Food Committee and renowned fine food and wine expert, has been instrumental in the President’s Medal since its inception twelve years ago. “This year’s finalists exemplify what the President’s Medal was designed to recognise. Every producer has a deep understanding of their social, environmental and commercial setting,” Ms Milan said. “Brasserie Bread is a true success story, having begun more than 20 years ago from Michael and Tony’s determination to produce a unique product that has now become a staple for so many Australian families, including their renowned Sourdough,” Ms Milan said. “Michael actually approached wheat growers in numerous states to get them to produce a strain specifically for a bread made from a single origin. “That that is the ultimate in Provenance of food and that is really what underpins The Presidents medal,” Ms Milan said. On the win, Michael Klausen praised his team and also the demands of Australian consumers for change and “traceability” of what we consume; “I am so proud of all the people who have been willing to come with me on this journey and accepting that we just can’t keep doing what we are doing and we have to change the system. “I can just see good things coming out of this which is fantastic. “Today we can now put a loaf of bread on the table and tell you what paddock it is from and that is extremely important,” the Danish born baker said. Six finalists were examined extensively for the President’s Medal honour; Barossa Fine Foods (ham) Black Label Berkshire (pork) Brasserie Bread (bread) Poachers Pantry (smoked duck breast) Gage Roads Brewing (beer) Gundowring Fine Foods (ice cream) The awarding of The President’s Medal was the culmination of months of intensive judging by judges Michael Bullen, Deputy Director General Agriculture,NSW Department of Primary Industries and Ed Halmagyi, Better Homes and Gardens Presenter and Publisher of Roughcut Magazine. Market Acceptance Judges wereColin Fassnidge – Guest Chef & Restauranteur and Paul Diamond – Wine Selectors. These six finalists are visited by the judges at their place of business to see how the product is made, how the business is set up along with their environmental impact and community engagement. Brasserie Bread has won$10,000 cash plus an opportunity to have a stand inside the coveted Dome during next year’s Easter Show, giving the winner access and exposure to thousands of people. The President’s Medal is proudly supported by NSW Department of Primary Industries and Wine Selectors and Australian Pork.   For interviews and image requests, please contact:   Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Cudal’s Katrina Nash Wins JB Fairfax Rural Journalism Scholarship

27 Mar 2018

21-year-old Katrina Nash of Cudal, NSW has won the 2018 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism. Ms Nash, a fourth-year Law and Communications student at the University of Newcastle, was presented with her award at a ceremony at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Showground. Now in its tenth year, the highly-regarded scholarship is awarded to a journalist who displays a keen interest in reporting on issues concerning the present and future of regional communities. Created in 2008 by Mr John B Fairfax AO, the award program is continued each year by the RAS Foundation and includes a $7,500 cash prize alongside industry experience at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Media Centre and Fairfax Agricultural Media. Ms Nash said on Sunday that the award will be of immeasurable benefit to her career. “To not only be given a financial scholarship to help eliminate the burden of living away from home, but also the opportunity to intern with an extensive list of well-respected media organisations, will have the most incredible impact on my degree,” she said. Rural journalism has always been an aspiration for Ms Nash, who notes her rural upbringing as the primary motivation in determining her career choice. “I was fortunate enough to have been a part of such a close-knit community growing up, that being Cudal. ‘As such, I understand how important rural journalists are for the vitality of rural communities,” she said.  RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan said that it was Katrina’s ongoing passion for the industry that earned her the winner’s prize. “Katrina was also a 2017 RASF Rural Scholar and, upon graduation, hopes to move back to the Central West as a journalist. “She recognises the need for greater discussion regarding regional issues,” Ms Logan said. Katrina is currently undergoing practical experience through her scholarship, and is continually inspired by the need for bigger regional stories. “I aim to utilise the power of the media that bring to light issues that not just impact regional communities, but all individuals. “Stories that encompass resilience, determination and compassion are all aspects of regional Australia that I want to report on,” she said. The RAS Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation that aims to strengthen rural and regional communities through supporting various scholarships and community grants. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. ENDS   For further information please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations RAS of NSW M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more
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