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Australian seafood at the forefront of global aquaculture, says Sydney Royal Chair of Judges as competition results are announced.

24 Feb 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has today announced the result of its 2021 Sydney Royal Aquaculture competition, celebrating the recipients of its coveted champion prizes and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Read more

Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show celebrates Champions from across Australia with results announced today.

22 Feb 2021

Following four-days of intense judging, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has today announced the results of its 2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, revealing Champions from almost every Australian state. From white milk in Queensland and delicious cold brew milk in Western Australia to Tasmanian butter, Victorian blue cheese, and New South Wales' ice cream and gelato; the Australian dairy industry was well represented in the crowning of the Sydney Royal Champions today. Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore, said it was impressive to see such a high calibre of product from across the country represented in the Champion and Gold classes. "The 2021 Sydney Royal Champions were outstanding, and I congratulate each producer who entered this year's competition, and who throughout some of the most difficult years faced by the dairy industry have still managed to create fantastic cheese and dairy products," Mark Livermore said. "Australians should be proud of the cheese and dairy products being produced right here in our backyard, with this year's awards representing the diversity of products from across the country." It was New South Wales which was crowned the home of ice cream and gelato this year with Champion categories going to Sydney's Gelateria Gondola, Pure Gelato, and Cow and the Moon, while Tasmania's Coal River Farm Ashed Brie, Bega's Strong and Bitey cheddar, Victoria's Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese Tarwin Blue, Pecora Dairy's Yarrawa and Meredith Dairy's Dill Goat Cheese Chevre adorned the iconic Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual trophy . Husband and wife duo Pecora Dairy wowed the judges with a sheep milk cheese taking home Champion Cheese of Show for their Yarrawa, while crowd favourite Bega Cheese also took home Champion Cheddar Cheese for the fifth year in a row with its Strong and Bitey and  Champion Butter went to Fonterra Dairy for the fourth consecutive year, this time for the Duck River Premium Butter. The competition which aims to award excellence and drive the Australian dairy industry forward by benchmarking produce, is judged on a point-based system awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to those that receive over a certain benchmark score. The Gold medal recipients in each class are then re-judged to identify each Champion product. Entries are judged on qualities including 'presentation', 'flavour and aroma', and 'texture and body'. For full results including the 2021 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal recipients; please view the 2021 Cheese & Dairy Produce Show results here and see all 2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Champions below .   Media Contact: Nicola Dalby Manager - Communications and Public Relations E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au M: 0434 579 906     2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Champions: Champion Butter: Fonterra Australia, Duck River Premium Butter. Spreyton, Tasmania.   Champion White Milk, The Jim Forsyth Perpetual Trophy: Maleny Dairies , Maleny Dairies Farmer’s Choice Milk. Maleny, Queensland.  Champion Flavoured Milk: Hunt and Brew , Hunt and Brew Cold Brew Honduras Coffee. Balcatta, Western Australia.   Champion Cheddar Cheese, The NSW Food Authority Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales.   Champion Specialty Cheese, The NSW Food Authority Perpetual Trophy: Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese , Tarwin Blue. Fish Creek, Victoria.   Champion Cow Milk Cheese, The Dairy Australia Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales.   Prize (Annual Trophy) for the Champion Cheese of Show supported by the Dairy Produce committee. Pecora Dairy, Yarrawa . Robertson, New South Wales.   Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales Coal River Farm , Ashed Brie. Cambridge, Tasmania. Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese , Tarwin Blue. Fish Creek, Victoria. Pecora Dairy , Yarrawa. Robertson, New South Wales. Meredith Dairy , Meredith Dairy Dill Goat Cheese Chevre. Meredith, Victoria.   Champion Full Cream Ice Cream or Gelato Gelateria Gondola, Pistacchio Siciliano . Chatswood, New South Wales. Champion Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Pure Gelato, Strawberry Yogurt Ripple . Croydon Park, New South Wales.   Champion Novel Ice Cream or Gelato Pure Gelato, Gelato filled Wafer Cannoli. Croydon Park, New South Wales.   Champion Gelato Cow & the Moon, Vanilla Bean Gelato . Enmore, New South Wales.   Champion Sorbet Bannos Bakery, Bannos Mango Sorbet . Miranda, New South Wales.   Champion Yogurt or Cultured Milk Product, The Bega Cheese Perpetual Trophy The Fabulous Fresh Bros, Ruby and Roy’s Natural Greek Strained Yogurt. Smithfield, New South Wales.   Champion Cream Riverina Fresh, Fresh Cream. Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.   Champion Dairy Dessert, Custard or Mousse Bekaa Dairies, Rice Pudding . Granville, New South Wales.   Champion Sheep, Goat, Buffalo or Camel Milk Product, The Simon Johnson Perpetual Trophy Pecora Dairy, Yarrawa . Robertson, New South Wales.   For further information or to view the full Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show results including Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners, please visit the website . Read more

RASF Community Futures Grants program offers funding for regional projects

1 Feb 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) will once again provide an opportunity for regional communities to bring their bright ideas to life, with the RASF Community Futures Grants program calling for applications. Read more

Woolworths supports NSW country Show Societies through generous donation

16 Dec 2020

Show Societies across New South Wales will reap the benefits of a generous donation by Woolworths following the cancellation of the 2020 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s (RAS) Big Bush BBQ, held annually at the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show. Read more

RAS discovers ‘Garden of Eden’ hidden in Tennyson Point

9 Nov 2020

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has discovered Sydney’s best residential front garden with the winner of the 2020 Sydney Spring Garden Competition announced today. Read more

Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show to go ahead in February 2021

28 Sep 2020

One of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s (RAS) largest competitions, the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show will once again kick-start the Sydney Royal calendar after being given the green light to take place in February 2021. The competition welcomes over 750 entries annually across almost 100 divisions and aims to celebrate the Australian Cheese and Dairy industry and drive its continued growth and development. Categories range from butter and ice cream to camel and buffalo milk blends. By entering into the competition, exhibitors have the chance to benchmark their products against industry standards and receive invaluable feedback from world-class experts which can then be used to advance not only their own products but the entire industry. With over 30 years’ experience, Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore knows what it takes to create award-winning products and says entering competitions such as Sydney Royal can open exhibitors up to new ideas. “The advancement of the Australian cheese and dairy industry relies on the efforts of all producers, and competitions such as Sydney Royal provide a real identifiable recognition of product quality, a recognition which can then be used to access new markets while our judges feedback offers a launching pad for future development and growth,” Mr Livermore said. “I encourage all manufacturers to enter the Show as a strong indication to our markets that the dairy industry has worked through the issues presented by the pandemic and is now in a position to meet the desires of consumers.” Entries for the 2021 Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy produce Show will open Monday 28th September and close Wednesday, 21 st October 2020 with judging to take place between 15 – 18 th February 2021. For further information or to enter please visit the Sydney Royal website . Interview opportunities: Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore.   Nicola Dalby Manager – Communications and Public Relations M: 0434 579 906 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Do you have Sydney’s best residential front garden?

4 Aug 2020

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is on the search for Sydney’s best residential front garden with entries now open for the 2020 Sydney Spring Garden Competition.   After being awarded the Sydney Spring Garden Competition trust in 2019, following a 40-year hiatus, the RAS is proud to continue the late Lt. Col. Charles Christian’s legacy of celebrating excellence in horticulture and awarding those who bring joy to the community through a beautiful garden that can be admired by all.    Sydney Spring Garden Competition Judge, Cecily Roger’s says a front garden brings happiness to not only its creator but the whole community.     “The Sydney Spring Garden Competition was created to award those who devote so much of time and talent into creating stunning gardens which the entire community can enjoy,” Mrs Rogers said.   “What makes this competition unique is that every garden has to be visible from the street and we actually examine each of the finalist’s gardens from a street view to judge its beauty from the perspective of the local residents.   “I encourage all Sydneysiders to get involved and help us find Sydney’s best front garden in 2020.”   Open to residential front gardens, of any style or size, across the Sydney area, gardens are judged based on design quality, functionality, general maintenance, condition and use of unique and imaginative design qualities.   The 2020 competition is free to enter, and interested Sydneysiders are encouraged to fill in an entry form available on the RAS website and send in a photo of their stunning garden. Our esteemed judges will be accepting entries from Monday, 3 rd August till Monday, 14 th October before selecting their top 10 finalists on Saturday, 19 th October.   Onsite judging will occur from 26 th – 27 th October 2020 , and will be followed by the much-anticipated announcement of the 2020 Sydney Spring Garden Competition winner on Monday 2 nd November who will take home a $2000 gardening package thanks to Flower Power.   For further information regarding the competition and entry requirements please visit the Sydney Spring Garden Competition  page.   For further information, please contact: Nicola Dalby Manager – Communications and Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW M: 0434 579 906 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au Read more

RASF calls on the next generation of voices

1 Jul 2020

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is on the search for Australia’s next regional voice with applications open for the 2021 JB Fairfax Award for Regional & Rural Journalism and Communications. Read more
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