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Prawns are back – Piccolo debuts – Entries now open for 2018 Sydney Royal’s Summer Fine Food Competitions

Posted on : 17 October 2017

After being rested in 2017 due to the Australian (Queensland) outbreak of White Spot disease, Prawns are a welcome return to Sydney Royal's Summer Fine Food competitions.

The 2017 Show saw prawns excluded from the judging schedule due to the highly contagious White Spot virus which made its way from overseas and was detected in south-east Queensland farmed prawns in late 2016.

"We are very pleased to welcome the Prawn sector back to the fold in 2018," said Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee Chair Lyndey Milan OAM.

"Sydney Royal felt it was regrettable but necessary to suspend the prawn categories from competition in 2017 due to White Spot.

"However upon advice given, Prawns will make their return to the Sydney Royal Summer Aquaculture competition.

"Summer and prawns are a much-loved Australian combination and we look forward to what the expert judges have to say when the Aquaculture categories are judged on the 8th and 9th of February next year," Lyndey Milan said.

The Aquaculture (farmed seafood) competition will also see judging of Oysters, Trout & Salmon (smoked & cured) plus fresh fish classes including Barramundi and Murray Cod.

The Sydney Royal Coffee Competition will feature Piccolo for the very first time in Blend or Single Origin and 100% Australian grown classes, recognising the evolution of coffees roasted specifically for this increasingly-popular style.

The judging will take place at The Stables at Sydney Showground on January 30 through to February 1, 2018.

The 2018 Sydney Royal Professional Bakery competition will also be judged at The Stables, this taking place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of February 2018 across a total of 64 Bread, Biscuit and Pastry classes, including an apprentice/student baking competition.

Entries for Coffee and Professional Bakery close Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 while Aquaculture entries close Wednesday 3 January, 2018.


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Roger White - Manager, Public Relations
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
M: 0478 092 425| P: (02) 9704 1453 | E:


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