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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: 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 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: Read more


27 Mar 2018

Six bright leaders from regional and rural NSW will share $98,000 in funding via to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RAS Foundation) Community Futures Grant Program. Elizabeth Munn from Leeton, Claire Johnson from Crookwell, Megan Coyle from Walbundrie, Rob Witts from Gunnedah, Katrina Thomas from Condobolin and Naomi Kauter from Gresford will each receive a grant from the RAS Foundation, up to a value of $25,000, to help fund a community project within their local area. RAS Foundation Manager, Cecilia Logan, said that although this grant once carried an age limit of 35, it had since been lifted, however the Foundation remains committed to fostering youth leadership and earmarks a portion of the available grant funding each year to projects driven by young people. “The RAS selection panel was impressed with how passionate our current batch of young rural people are in embracing the opportunity to bring their ideas to life through this program,” Ms Logan said. “The program allows young individuals to take on a role of leadership within their community. “Through sales of the Foundation Ag Bag at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the RAS Foundation can champion young Australians as they rise to meet challenges and shape the future of regional and rural NSW,” Cecilia Logan said. Since the RASF Community Futures Grant program began in 2010, more than $700,000 has been invested into rural and regional communities across NSW .   RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants Recipients for 2018 are: Elizabeth Munn - Leeton Partner: Leeton Show Society Project: Young Farmer’s Challenge Trailer Elizabeth Munn’s project will see her build a Young Farmer’s Challenge trailer for use by the communities in her zone so that more shows can compete in this event. The ultimate test of skill and ability, the Young Farmers Challenge gives young people the chance to showcase their expertise in a series of on-farm tasks. This can be anything from animal handling to fencing, driving tractors, putting out fires, first aid, heavy lifting and transport challenges. Elizabeth is very keen to get young people involved at community level and is positive the Leeton Young Farmer’s Challenge Trailer will get well used in the Leeton and surrounding areas.   Claire Johnson - Crookwell Partner: Crookwell AP & H Society Project: New Cattle Shed   Cattle committee member Claire Johnson knows that the new cattle shed she and her committee build will be of great benefit to the Upper Lachlan Shire cattle producing community.  With an increase in entries in the stud cattle competition this new facility will be more than adequate to accommodate these numbers and host a variety of other events throughout the year, bringing further economic benefit to the wider community. Megan Coyle - Walbundrie Partner: Walbundrie Show Society Project: Multi-purpose Equestrian Arena The Walbundrie Show is a popular event within the Walbundrie community and has a very well patronised horse section.  Megan Coyle’s application to improve the facilities for horse events at the showground will see her hardworking group of local volunteers building a purpose-built arena with proper drainage and fencing which can be used for other events outside of Show. Rob Witts - Gunnedah Partner: Gunnedah Show Society Project: Upgrade of Showground Kitchen and Servery Local farmer and Gunnedah Show Society President, Rob Witts, acknowledges that with over 50,000 patrons attending the various events held at Gunnedah Showground the current facilities are far from adequate. Rob and his team of skilled volunteers plan to upgrade the makeshift facilities so that they can better cater for the many events held at the Showground and provide a workable space for those working in the kitchen. Katrina Thomas - Condobolin Partner: Condobolin High School P & C Association Project: CHS Agriculture – Rebuilding to Learn for Tomorrow Condobolin High School agricultural science teacher Katrina Thomas and her fiercely determined colleagues are focused on improving the ageing agricultural facilities at Condobolin High School. Katrina wants to create a positive and safe learning space for students with an all-purpose shed, chicken enclosure, hot house and aquaponics set up. Ultimately Katrina and her students hope to set up two small enterprises, a chicken breeding and vegetable/plant seedling enterprise. Naomi Kauter - Gresford Partner: Gresford District Agricultural Society   Project: Stable Block Restoration The deterioration of the Gresford Showground stable block has meant that the facility is not being used to its full potential. Naomi Kauter plans on changing this by replacing the rafters and roof and installing water tanks to collect water for reuse. Naomi is sure that the new stable block, in conjunction with existing facilities, will attract out of area organisations who wish to host horse related events in Gresford. Naomi has a well-thought-out project plan that will make use of local volunteers on weekends to complete the project over sixteen weeks. 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 community grants and scholarships.   For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact Roger White Manager, Public Relations M: 0478 092 425 E: Read more

RAS of NSW to support Herd of Hope Bondi Beach cattle drive

13 Feb 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is proudly supporting Herd of Hope (HoH) in its unique cattle drive to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation in Australia and is urging other businesses and organisations to join the cause. 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

Prawns are back – Piccolo debuts – Entries now open for 2018 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. Read more

The RAS Illabo Bound

10 Oct 2017

The annual Show is a highlight on the calendar for many country towns. They also act as vital lead-in events to the biggest agricultural Show of them all in NSW, the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Read more

Sydney Royal's Cheese and Dairy Produce Competition to Judge Camel Milk for the first time in 2018

18 Sep 2017

Applications have opened for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW's annual Cheese and Dairy Produce competition and for the first time a Class for Camel Milk has been installed in the event. Read more
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