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Fine Food

Fine Food

Sydney Royal Fine Food Shows are held annually in spring and summer. They set benchmarks for a huge variety of products, from artisan bread to zesty preserves.

Sydney Royal represents the competitive events held each year and the system used to set benchmarks for agricultural excellence. The Sydney Royal competitions held during the Sydney Royal Easter Show attract entries from exhibitors each year from across Australia who enter their product, animal or skill in an attempt to win a prestigious Sydney Royal Ribbon. The Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy, Fine Food, and Beer & Cider Shows are held throughout the year and reward excellence in Australian produce.

Sydney Royal fine food competitions

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Shows are held throughout the year attracting exhibitors from across Australia. All who enter their product or produce in these food competitions are hopeful of winning a prestigious Sydney Royal award.

To be the recipient of a Sydney Royal award is a significant achievement representing months, years and sometimes decades of hard work and dedication. A Sydney Royal win at one of the food shows can bring commercial benefits to Exhibitors, enabling rural communities to remain strong and vibrant. Major award winners have the benefit of using Sydney Royal artwork to promote their success in marketing campaigns.

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Competitions reward excellence in Australian produce. These competitions are held seasonally in summer and spring. In summer, competitions include coffee, aquaculture and professional bakery while spring is the season for regional food, branded beef, branded lamb, deli meat, pasta and olive oil.

Judging for the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show takes place annually in February, while the Sydney Royal Wine Show and Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show take place in July and September respectively. The Sydney Royal Chocolate Show is judged in August.

Sydney Royal food competitions date back to the late 19th century, however the Fine Food Shows as we now know them now didn’t start until 1997. Today these food competitions are advancing new forms of agriculture, reflecting modern eating habits.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has a vision for a community that understands and values sustainable Australian agriculture and award-quality produce.

Agricultural and food competitions are at the heart of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW charter – to encourage and reward excellence, and support a viable and prosperous future for our agricultural communities. And while Sydney Royal Fine Food Shows are focused on striving to promote the best this country has to offer they also enhance education, offering a platform where knowledge can be passed on so the next generation can learn to keep up traditions or build on them - innovating for the future.

Sydney Royal Fine Food competitions as with all Sydney Royal Shows are noted for their independence and high standards. All products entered into these food shows must be Australian and are judged blind.

Specialist judging panels comprise diverse experts, for example, winemakers, technical experts, chefs, industry specific media, marketers and educators. 

The level of excellence is not compromised year to year at Sydney Royal food shows. That’s because awards are not bestowed on the best products on the day; rather products are awarded based on a pre-determined standard.