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The finest of foods

Posted on : 03 September 2019

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has been judging produce for more than one hundred and fifty years - beginning with cheese and beer in 1822, moving on to include cider and sherry in 1825, bread, pastry, biscuits, ham and bacon by 1886 and fruits, jams and jellies before 1900.

With such a long history judging food, beer and other refreshments it goes without saying that competitions held by the RAS are respected and the medals are highly regarded. Under the Sydney Royal banner, the competitions reward excellence in Australian produce and set benchmarks for distinction.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded under a point system, assessing each product on its own merit and not singling out only a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize - giving consumers a broader range of award-worthy produce to seek out. If a category or class awards, for example, 3 Gold and 2 Silver it speaks of the quality product and excellent standard from local producers.

Consumers should look for the Sydney Royal artwork in supermarkets, specialty stores and farmer's markets and shop with confidence. Award winners are given license to display Sydney Royal medal artwork on their product for three years following the award, ensuring consumers are purchasing products setting benchmarks across a range of pasta, olives, beef, pork, chocolate, coffee, dairy produce and other categories.

Visit to seek out the medal-winners and start putting your shopping list together.


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