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Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Judging

Posted on : 30 January 2017

Monday 30 January 2017


Australia's never ceasing love affair with coffee will be tested, quite literally next week when the best judges in the land descend on Sydney Showground at Olympic Park as part of the annual Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

The 2017 coffee judging will see 301entries by  56 exhibitors from around Australia compete for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals.

Recognition for the winners can open doors to domestic and even international markets.

The coffee judging begins Tuesday, January 31 and continues through Thursday February 2, 2017.

Categories to be judged include international and Australian grown single origin and blend coffees, across latte, espresso, plunger and decaffeinated. All beans must be roasted in Australia.

The coffee judging will be followed on February 6 and 7 by the Sydney Royal Professional Bakery (Bread & Cake and Pastry & Biscuit) categories and on February 9 and 10 by the Aquaculture divisions (Prawns & Oysters, Fresh Fish & Other Products, such as Caviar and Pate).

Across the Aquaculture competition, entries are judged on their taste and aroma, visual appeal, texture, shell, fullness, condition and presentation.

In the Professional Bakery category, judging criteria includes: for Bread; volume and appearance, crust colour, texture, aroma and flavour; for Cake, Pastry and Biscuits; volume and appearance, crumb quality and lightness; and for Pies:, visual appeal, aroma, flavour, mouthfeel and "eatability".

In all across Coffee, Professional Bakery and Aquaculture, 785 entries have been submitted by a total of 158 exhibitors from across the Australia.

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Fine Food Committee Chair, Ms Sally Evans says increasingly each year, the Sydney Royal Fine Food competitions reflect the ever-evolving and widening tastes of Australians and their demands on Australian producers.

"The Sydney Royal brand uncovers, and places on a pedestal for all to see, the 'best of the best' among Australian food producers who capture the very essence of the land."

Members of the media are invited to attend all judging sessions, which are closed to the public.  Photographic and interview opportunities with judges will be available on request.


Green Bean: Tuesday 31 January

Cappuccino, Espresso, Plunger, Decaf: Wednesday 1 February, Thursday 2 February

(Judges available from 9am-2pm)

Professional Bakery

Bread & Cake: Monday 6 February

Pastry & Biscuit: Tuesday 7 February

(Judges available from 9am-2pm)


Prawns and Oysters: Thursday 9 February

Fresh Fish and Other: Friday 10 February

(Judges available from 9am-2pm)


Available for interview:                              

Sally Evans, Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee Chair

John Susman, Chair of Judges - Aquaculture

Roger Haden, Chair of Judges - Professional Bakery

Paul Mannassis, Chair of Judges - Coffee

As the judging is sensory, media are asked to please avoid strong scents such as perfumes, colognes and cigarette smoke prior to attending.

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For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: 

Roger White - Public Relations Manager

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