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Sydney Royal Fine Food Show introduces new plant-based food category to help drive Australian production

Posted on : 30 April 2021

As the plant-based food sector continues to grow in Australia, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Sydney Royal Fine Food Show will be introducing a new plant-based class to the 2021 competition; ensuring the competition leads the way in consumer trends and encourages Australian production within the industry.  

Sydney Royal Fine Food Chair, Lachlan Bowtell said the growth in plant-based diets is a reflection of the food sector and consumer in general.

“Many consumers want an alternative to ‘meat’ and have a ‘Flexitarian’ approach to their daily diet,” Mr Bowtell said.

“We have seen a significant increase in plant-based products on the market, in mainstream retail and even fast food outlets, then say 12 months ago; however, a lot of the ingredients in these products are imported, or the products are imported as a finished product from overseas ingredients.

“We want the Australian agricultural sector to be the first choice for ingredients, so by including a new plant-based product class in the competition, we hope to not only reflect consumer trends but also drive them by encouraging consumers to get behind Aussie farmers and food manufactures.”

To stay true to the RAS charter and vision, the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show has also enforced a higher Australian grown ingredients minimum to the 2021 coffee and chocolate categories in a bid to support the growth of the Australian chocolate and coffee industries.

These two competitions will now fall under the Specialty Foods category.

“The importance of these changes is to reflect the charter of the RAS and promote Australian Agriculture, rewarding those who are putting in the hard yards to drive local produce.

With the goal of awarding the ‘best of the best’ across a variety of categories, the RAS hopes to teach the community about the value of sustainable Australian agriculture and award-quality produce while providing insightful feedback to producers.

“The real value of entering a Sydney Royal Fine Food competition is not just winning an award, that is the outcome of a great product, the real value is in the feedback from the expert judging panel. This feedback provides a truly independent assessment of an exhibitor’s product and allows the exhibitor to take this feedback on board - refining, reviewing and implementing changes to make their product the ‘best of the best’ in Australia.”

All Sydney Royal entries must be derived from 85 - 100% Australian grown ingredients, depending on the class and validity of added ingredients being available in Australia.

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show entries are now open and will close Wednesday, 2 June 2021.

Judging will take place at Sydney Olympic Park from 6th – 31st of August 2021:

  • Pasta: Friday 6 August 2021
  • Specialty Foods: Thursday 12- Friday 13 August
  • Smallgoods & Charcuterie: Thursday 19 - Friday 20 August
  • Branded Meat (Lamb, Pork, Beef): Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 August 2021
  • Professional Bakery: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 August 2021
  • Oil & Olives: Tuesday 31 August 2021

Taste of Excellence:  
The Taste of Excellence is a unique event that aims to connect industry professionals with award-winning producers, allowing guest to taste-test some of the best produce entered into the 2021 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. The festival-style experience celebrates the history, quality, provenance and innovation of Australian producers.

When: Tuesday, 21st September 2021


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