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The best chocolatiers and pastry chefs across the country will be locked in battle over two days of intense competition and display of creativity, artistry and skills this August.
The best chocolatiers and pastry chefs across the country will be locked in battle over two days of intense competition and display of creativity, artistry and skills this August. While honouring the best of tradition, the Show continually evolves to reflect industry trends and advances. Every Exhibit is assessed blind and entrants are given written feedback from the esteemed panel of Judges following the Show enabling even the smallest artisan Australian producers to benchmark themselves against the broader industry and improve their product over time. The Judges recognise and award excellence in the following classes: Chocolate Blocks; Individual Chocolates; Boxed Chocolates; Truffles; Chilli Chocolates; Student Exhibits; and handcrafted Showpiece Class.
Join us on a fine food journey and experience the best tastes Australia has to offer as we reveal the Champion winners from the 2018 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show and Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show. Throughout the evening you will be able to enjoy a selection of the 2018 Sydney Royal award-winning wines & brews whilst feasting on platters of delectable Sydney Royal fare from the Pasta, Olive Oil, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Smallgoods & Charcuterie, Regional Food and of course Chocolate! Chat to producers and Sydney Royal Judges who will host interactive tasting stations where you can learn everything you wanted to know about provenance, growing and making the perfect product and what it takes to win a coveted Sydney Royal medal. Throughout the evening guests will be treated to a mouth-watering cocktail menu, designed by Sydney Showground's Executive Chef, Tim Browne, using Sydney Royal medal winning produce and matched with award winning Sydney Royal Wines & Brews. Come celebrate with us! Tickets are $70 per person or $60 per person for RAS Members + booking fee (bf) Please note: the online ticketing link will close 5pm, Thursday 20 September 2018. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the door.
Today marks the day that many of us will be showcasing public displays of affection to our loved ones. Money will be spent on flowers, cards and teddy bears galore. Might we suggest adding a certain sweet treat to the shopping list for your other half? How does a chocolate praline croissant, a caramelised vanilla slice with raspberries and a fresh fruit Danish sound? Pretty good if you ask us and we think our Sydney Royal Professional Bakery Judges agreed awarding Champion Pastry to young apprentice, Joshua Nickl for these mouth-watering goodies. “It’s a big honour winning both Champion Pastry and Champion Apprentice. It’s a pretty special feeling.” Said Mr. Nickl As both the apprentice and son of famous, The Gumnut Patisserie, it’s safe to say that Mr Nickl was born and ‘bread’ in the baking industry. Founded by his parents Tracy and Vicki Nickl in 1995, the smells of dough, sugar and butter became all too a familiar scent, leaving the craving for a career in the family business. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the family kitchen. I knew from a young age that this was something that I wanted to do. I saw nothing else in my eyes” Mr. Nickl said. “As soon as I finished High School I started my apprenticeship and I haven’t looked back since” For this young apprentice, it can be said that his age doesn’t bring experience. What it does bring though, is a natural talent for creating amazing baked goods that are both easy on the eye and satisfying for the stomach. Everyone knows that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to treat yourself someone special with the fabulous Champion treats from The Gumnut Patisserie. As their motto states, “Life’s short, eat dessert first”. To find out all the best sweet treats, baked goods and Australia’s best Coffee and Aquaculture from the 2018 Summer Fine Food Competitions, click here .
For more than 25 years, the Rodely family have been farming award-winning oysters in the pristine waters of Nelson Lake located in NSW’s Mimosa Rocks National Park. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the family business, with all oysters bred and grown on site and only eco-friendly materials used. Even wastewater is recycled to maintain local parks and gardens. Recycling titles is becoming a theme for the Rodely family and their Tathra Oysters too… once again they have been named Champion Sydney Rock Oyster at the Sydney Royal Fine Food – Aquaculture Competition. This is the 14 th year Tathra Oysters have taken home the title of Champion – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. The Rodely family was presented with the Award of Outstanding Excellence in 2004 & 2007 for Tathra Oysters and won the Inaugural President’s Medal in 2006. Sydney Royal Medals benchmark products that have been deemed outstanding, the President’s Medal Judges examine the commercial success, environmental integrity and social involvement of the business behind the product. The President’s Medal is awarded to the best of the best, the supreme food champion. Perhaps Sydney Royal awards are the pearls in every Tathra Oyster shell.
Do you like an espresso or a latte? Neither! How about a piccolo? Like that little girl from those El De in the Old El Paso commercials asking ‘why don’t you have both’; a Piccolo combines your espresso and your latte. A piccolo latte is a café latte made in an espresso cup. It has a very strong but mellowed espresso taste thanks to the steamed milk and micro foam within it. One theory suggest the piccolo latte originated in Sydney baristas and coffee roasters started drinking piccolo-style coffee in order to check how their brews were tasting with milk throughout the day. Not wanting a dairy bloat nor to be bouncing off the walls so full of caffeine, this perfectly shrunk café latte deliciously does the job. At this year’s Sydney Royal Coffee Competition, Piccolo was added as a class. As a result, exhibitor The House of Robert Timms has taken out two Champion Coffee Titles – Champion Piccolo Blend and Champion Sustainable Coffee. For a newly introduced class and to already have a Champion, The House of Robert Timms has set the bar (or even, beans) high.
Camels have been milked for over 5000 years but the first pasteurised camel milk in Australia was not produced until 2014. This year the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Competition welcomed camel milk for judging, and the first ever Gold Medal for Camel Milk was awarded, with a score of 18.5 out of 20, to Summer Land Camel Dairy. Camel Milk is higher in iron than cow’s milk, lower in cholesterol than goat’s milk, lower in lactose than cow’s milk and higher in vitamin C than cow’s milk. Camel milk is smooth, creamy, and pure white in colour. It can be used as a base for ice cream, cheese, gelato, hand cream, soap, shampoo and even body lotions. Camel milk makes delicious smoothies and panna cotta and can be added to your coffee and breakfast cereal. You can drink it by the glass or use it in place of cow’s milk in recipes. And the hump? It stores fat, a source of nourishment for the camel as it crosses the desert…
The growing national interest in the annual Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s (RAS) President’s Medal has been emphasised in the list of finalists for the 12 th annual staging of the prestigious award. The six finalists to emerge from the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food competitions across the calendar year are; Barossa Fine Foods – Fior Di Cotto – Edinburgh North, South Australia. Black Label Berkshire – Black Label Silver Berkshire Pork – Beverley, Western Australia. Brasserie Bread – Flinders Ranges Sprouted Wheat Loaf – Sydney, NSW. Gage Road Brewing – Red Rye IPA, Fremantle, Western Australia. Gundowring Fine Foods – Gundowring Finest Ice Cream Licorice, Gundowring, Victoria. Poachers Pantry – Smoked Duck Breast, Springrange, NSW. The finalists represent the competitions - Deli Meat, Branded Pork, Beer and Cider, Dairy and Professional Bakery. During 2017 there were 5308 products entered and judged across 488 classes, resulting in 95 Champions. It was an exciting year for Pork, it being the inaugural judging competition. President of the RAS Robert Ryan says to be declared a finalist in the President’s Medal is a massive compliment to any Australian producer and an acknowledgement of their quality and practices. “To be in this sort of company is a matter of great pride and recognition of a lot of research and development and tireless work by the finalists across every aspect of their production,” Mr Ryan said. “Australia truly is at the top of its game when it comes to food production and ingenuity and the Sydney Royal competitions are evidence of this with each passing year,” he said. President’s Medal finalists are rigorously evaluated based on the quality, marketability, financial integrity and environmental sensitivity of their operations. Following intensive judging including on-site audits and inspections across the coming months, the President’s Medal winner will be announced at a gala evening as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on March 28, 2018. Celebrity Sydney chef Colin Fassnidge is a President’s Medal judge and will be guest chef on the night. “I’m excited to be able to work with one of the finalist’s products in what I will present on awards night,” Colin Fassnidge said. “Aussie product is as good as it comes and being able to work with the best of the best is what chefs love,” he said. Another high profile chef Ed Halmagyi is one of the President’s Medal judges travelling the country visiting farms and factories as they study the operations of the six finalists. Ends For interviews and image requests, please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two minutes and 40 seconds is all it takes to cook the perfect Wagyu steak. Carefully sliced to 10mm thickness and passing through the cooking chamber before resting for exactly two minutes, the steak was at its optimum flavour point. The fatty, marbled flesh tasted rich and gently sweet, with a lingering savoury taste. The judges only got a slither of wagyu, enough to give it a score but not enough to feel satisfied and full. That was lucky because they had to leave room in their bellies for the Grass Fed Beef and the Grain Fed Beef. Pleased by the very high standard of entries in the Sydney Royal Branded Beef , Branded Lamb and Branded Pork competitions, Chair of Judges George Ujvary was happy to welcome university student Sophie Ward for her first experience as a Sydney Royal judge. Sophie is currently finalising her Honours in Animal Science at Roseworthy College in South Australia and hopes to go on to complete her PHD in Sow Welfare. Sophie’s area of interest is the influence of the living conditions of pigs on the quality of the meat. “It was pretty incredible to taste such sweet flavoursome and tender pieces of pork,” said Sophie, “I would have loved to know about the living conditions from the entries afterwards, as well as the feed they were given as some of the flavours were just incredible.” Christmas dinner is looking good this year with such positive feedback from the Sydney Royal Branded Beef , Branded Lamb and Branded Pork competitions.
Wondering what to look for in wine for the rest of 2017? The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show judges have done the work for you so no matter which wine region or territory you would like to support, here are some of the top selections by State. For a full list of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show medal winners visit Australia's Best Producers . NSW STEVENS SEMILLON 2011, Tyrell’s Vineyards Pty Ltd NOBLE ONE 2015, De Bortoli Wines PEPPER SHIRAZ 2013, Montoro Wines VAT 1 SEMILLON 2017, Tyrell’s Vineyards Pty Ltd VAT 47 CHARDONNAY 2013, Tyrell’s Vineyards Pty Ltd BRUT TRADITIONELLE NV, Centennial Vineyards CATO TEMPRANILLO 2015, Moppity Vineyards VIC OLD PREMIUM LIQUEUR TOPAQUE NV, Morris Wines CELLAR ONE LIQUEUR TOPAQUE NV, Morris Wines OLD PREMIUM MUSCAT NV, Morris Wines VP 2013, Morris Wines AMEN BREAK CHARDONNAY 2015, Clonal Brothers PENNON HILL CHARDONNAY 2016, Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove GREAT WESTERN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015, Best’s Wines Pty Ltd SA RIESLINGFREAK No. 3 CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2017, John Hughes Wines MATTSCHOSS SINGLE VINEYARD EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2015, St Hallett PEPPERJACK SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV, W Salter And Son THE MARL SHIRAZ 2016, Hentley Farm AGED RELEASE RIESLING 2013, Penfolds Wines Pty Ltd CHRONICLES 7 th GREEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016, Hardys S.C. PANNELL BARBERA 2016, Stephen Pannell Wines Pty Ltd WA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017, Miles From Nowhere Winemakers SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE 2016, Redgate Wines SRS WALLCLIFFE CHARDONNAY 2016, Flametree Wines DJL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON 2016, Xanadu Wines MERLOT 2016, Amberley Wines REDBROOK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014, Evans & Tate VERSE 1 CABERNET MERLOT 2015, Brookland Valley TAS/ACT GRAND VINTAGE 2008, House of Arras (TAS) PINOT NOIR 2016, Meadowbank Wines (TAS) ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2015, Gala Estate Vineyard (TAS) BRUT ROSÉ 2013, Clover Hill (TAS) 660 CANBERRA SHIRAZ 2016, McWilliam’s Wines Group Pty Ltd (ACT) 1877 SHIRAZ 2015, McWilliam’s Wines Group Pty Ltd (ACT) DEVIL’S CORNER MT AMOS PINOT NOIR 2015, Brown Brothers Tasmania (TAS)
The Calgary Stampede is Canada’s spectacular celebration of western heritage and values, 10 days of rodeos, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon races, and the famous International Livestock Auctioneer Championships. For 29 years the fastest mouths on the land have won their way into the Championship, to be judged on rhythm, clarity, voice control, and livestock knowledge, as well as their ability to spot bids and conduct a sale. Only three times over the history of the competition has the title of Rookie of the Year left Canada, and all three times the Championship belt buckle has flown to a new home in Australia! In 1999 Luke Scicluna from NSW won the title. In 2016, Ronnie Dix from South Australia took out the title, and in 2017, the Calgary Stampede International Auctioneer Championship Rookie of the Year title was won by Lincoln McKinlay from Queensland. Ronnie Dix and Lincoln McKinlay both entered the competition as part of their prize package as winners of the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) National Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Each year the best young auctioneers from around the country travel to Sydney to compete in the ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition. It is an opportunity to display their passion and dedication, and to gain exposure at a state and national level. The win this year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the ticket to Calgary were pretty special for Lincoln. “It’s somewhere I’ve always dreamed of going and ending up, it was super special for me to win the Australian competition, let alone to go and compete with the best in the world on such a big stage like the Calgary Stampede,” he said.
Words: Jodie Van Der Velden With the Easter holiday celebration just weeks away, there’s no doubt chocolate consumption in Australia will spike. Chocolate eggs, said to be an ancient symbol of new life and resurrection and celebration of spring returning, have been associated with this religious holiday since the early 19 th century in Europe. With chocolate on everyone’s minds and palates at this time of year, it’s timely to reflect on all things chocolate and where Australia sits in the chocolate world. The Australian chocolate industry has experienced a rapid evolution over the last decade, with Australian artisan chocolatiers producing as beautiful chocolate products as those found in the luxurious chocolateries of Europe. At the 2013 World Chocolate Masters competition, Australia won third place ahead of Italy (first place) and Netherlands (second place) as well as winning Best Architect of the world - globe. These results clearly highlight the quality of training and innovation found here in Australia. Contemporary Australian trends in chocolate are very much in line with current global trends. Consumers are continually becoming more discerning through increased health awareness and education. Whilst there are certainly still consumers that are satisfied with mass manufactured low grade chocolate products, there is a rapidly growing consumer group that is concerned with the ethics and sustainability behind growing and harvesting cacao, and the manufacturing of chocolate. Consumers are now interested in single origin and single plantation chocolates. These products are made from cacao beans grown in a single location or plantation and contain individual flavour profiles drawn from the cacao bean, rather than the addition of flavours. As the health benefits of chocolate are continually revealed, astute consumers are very conscious of artificial ingredients. There is a growing trend to choose quality over quantity, with consumers turning towards high-quality dark chocolate rather than milk and white chocolates which contain a high sugar, low cacao content. Favourable consumer attitudes towards higher quality chocolate products have caused a decline in demand for some mass manufactured lower grade chocolate products. This trend has resulted in more opportunities for boutique artisan chocolatiers to contribute to the market. Consumers have become more daring than ever before and are trying, and loving, unique flavour combinations, such as chilli and mango, lime and basil, saffron, and balsamic vinegar. The Sydney Royal Chocolate Competition is an ideal showcase for Australia’s chocolatiers. In my role as Chief Chocolate Judge, I’ve witnessed greater emphasis being placed upon innovation and the use of high quality natural ingredients from producers. To see beautifully crafted, innovative chocolate products that have been executed with outstanding technical expertise and skill, being rewarded with Sydney Royal Gold Medals is a very rewarding experience in itself. These awards are invaluable to the winner in acknowledging their outstanding product and encouraging further innovation to lead the Australian chocolate industry into the future. About Jodie Van Der Velden Jodie Van Der Velden is the Chair of Judges for the 2016 Callebaut Sydney Royal Show and has been Chief Judge of Sydney Royal Chocolate competitions since 2012. Ms Van Der Velden has 10 years’ experience as a professional chocolatier. Her passion for the craft has been rewarded through myriad accolades. Considerable time spent in cacao plantations all over the world, working to understand the raw product in its natural state, has contributed in no small part to Ms Van Der Velden’s superior palate and the success of Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, which she founded in 2005.
Spoil dad with these scrumdiddlyumptious selections from the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows. BEER Gold American Pale Ale www.napoleonebrewers.com.au Napoleone Brewers, Coldstream NSW 3770 Gold Silent Knight Porter www.mobrewing.com.au Modus Operandi Brewing, Mona Vale 2567 Champion Lovedale Lager www.sydneybrewery.com Sydney Brewery, Lovedale NSW 2325 WINE Trophy 2014 Second Innings Malbec www.bleasdale.com.au Blesadale Vineyards, Langhorne Creek SA 5255 Trophy 2014 CCS Shiraz www.chalkerscrossing.com.au Chalkers Crossing, Young NSW 2594 CHEESE Gold Heritage Vintage www.begacheese.com.au Bega Cheese, Bega NSW 2550 BACON Gold Canadian Style Maple Bacon www.germanbutchery.com.au German Butchery, Mona Vale NSW 2103 LAMB Champion Grass Fed Lamb www.millyhill.com.au Milly Hill Lamb Pty Ltd, Armidale NSW 2350 BEEF Champion Grass Fed Beef www.bindareebeef.com.au Bindaree Beef Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW 2000 OLIVE OIL Champion Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil www.cobramestate.com.au Cobram Estate, Lara VIC 3212 COFFEE Best in Show Kenya www.mycuppa.com.au Carlini Coffee Company, Ashburton VIC 3147
It was the early 1800s when Coenraad Van Houten created the cocoa press, squishing the bean and expelling the cocoa butter before washing the cocoa in an alkali solution to come up with ‘Dutch cocoa’. In the 1850s Englishman Joseph Fry added cocoa butter to cocoa powder and sugar to come up with the world’s first solid chocolate. In 1875 Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle added condensed milk to the solid chocolate and created a milk chocolate bar. Swiss man Rudolphe Lindt invented a machine that mixed chocolate to a perfectly smooth consistency in 1879. In 1911 in a small town in Belgium Octaaf Callebaut produced his first chocolate recipe and shops in the outlying villages could not get enough of it. In 1960, Callebaut began exporting chocolate, and in 2016, Callebaut sponsored the first stand-alone Sydney Royal Chocolate Show. In 2017, it becomes apparent that somehow chocolate and blowtorches can co-exist, along with ribbons, nitrogen canisters, spray paint and melting tanks. It may look a little like a mechanic’s workshop or a graffiti artist’s den, and it is definitely a construction zone. Senses are on overload because it is the Chocolate Showpiece competition at the 2017 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show, and the showpieces must be made entirely of chocolate. All decorations must be made of chocolate. Coloured cocoa butter, food grade decorative metallic powders, and edible gold or silver leaf are permitted. Non-edible stands are permitted. There is no minimum height restriction but showpieces must be no more than 180 centimetres tall. Imagine, almost 6 foot of chocolate sculpted into whatever takes your fancy. Chocolate can be used in the same way a sculptor uses clay, stone or metal. It is a very malleable material but it has no lasting qualities… it is meant to be consumed. Surprisingly Australia is not in the top ten of chocolate consuming countries across the world, we sit at a respectable 13 th place, just behind Russia and ahead of Sweden. With double our consumption, in first place is Switzerland. Belgium, the birthplace of Callebaut Chocolate is 5 th . Ireland, the UK and Austria complete the top five. The Champion Chocolate Showpiece sculptor will be named at the Taste of Excellence Awards on 22 September.
In wine there is wisdom… and the Sydney Royal Wine Show judges are here to help you wise up. Attracting over 2,300 entries, the Sydney Royal Wine Show is your go-to for wine knowledge. Open for 2018 entries, the 2017 results will point you in the right direction when it is time to pop the cork. Looking for a classic riesling? Our Judges awarded 98 points to John Hughes Wines Rieslingfreak No.3. After a pleasing sauvignon blanc? Our Judges would recommend the 96 points recipient Miles from Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc and Berrigan Wines Mount Benson Sauvignon Blanc with 95 points. Fancy a fresh citrus Semillon? Our Judges would suggest Tyrell’s Vineyards Vat 1 Semillon, 96 points and Tulloch Wines Julia Limited Release Semillon with 95 points. Australian chardonnay is an impressive class, 96 points awarded to Flametree Wines SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay and Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove Pennon Hill Chardonnay. Rosé comes through with Koonara Wines Emily May Rosé Pinot Noir, 96 points whilst merlot represents with 96 points going to Amberley Wines 2016 Merlot. Gold medals were also awarded to W Salter & Son Pepperjack Sparkling Shiraz, Lindemans Wines Coonawarra Limestone Shiraz Cabernet, Evans 7 Tate Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon, Moppity Vineyards Cato Tempranillo, Brown Brothers Tasmania Devil’s Corner Mt Amos Pinot Noir, Xanadu Wines DJL Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, and Peter Lehmann Wines Hill & Valley Pinot Gris amongst others. The Sydney Royal Wine Show results are online, www.rasnsw.com.au/sydney-royal-competitions/competitions/sydney-royal-wine-show/results/ and can save you time and stress next time you need to pick up a bottle for BYO. The 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show is accepting entries now for mid-year judging.
Geoffrey the Pig pulls big Show win When WA breeder Linton Batt is asked to talk about his 140kg Berkshire boar ‘Geoffrey’ his face immediately lights up. “He’s a character, isn’t he?” Batt says as Geoffrey gobbles up a pear in celebration of his ‘Junior Berkshire Boar’ title at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Geoffrey, whose registered stud name is ‘Bungendore Koonibba F66’, competed against five other Berkshire boars for the title on Saturday. The win came after a long fifty-six hours on the road from WA. Despite the eight-and-a-half-month-old boar currently being in prime condition for the judging, Batt says that Geoffrey is still a while away from being at his potential ultimate weight of 400kg. “Geoffrey has gone through his growth phase. That finishes when a boar reaches 110kgs,” “Now he’s just going to get more weight on him. The bacon sits thickly here,” Batt smiles as he points to the stockier part of Geoffrey’s back. However, where Geoffrey is concerned, bacon is not the cards. The boar is a breeding pig, and after he has finished his stint at the Royal Easter Show, he is off to the Sabor Breeding Centre in South Australia to undergo artificial insemination processes. “For Geoffrey, there is a lot of attention on his ‘back end’,” Batt says. “That means that he has the qualities for strong reproductive traits, as well as the functionalities of a boar in strength and density. He also has the visual characteristics that judges look for in Berkshires, including the six white markings on his body.” Batt is quick to mention that Geoffrey’s physical traits are not the only qualities that the unique animal possesses. “When Geoffrey goes to lie down, he drops to his knees first,” Batt explains. “He checks before lying down to see if he can hear any screaming piglets first. If he can’t, then he knows it is safe for him to lie down.” For all the girls out there, Geoffrey is a taken man! The boar has a love interest in ‘Mona Lisa’, a sow that lives in the opposite pen to Geoffrey. Batt says he often watches the two engaging in affectionate conversation. “Geoffrey has the hots for Mona Lisa. Whenever he’s out and about, he stops by her pen and they have a chat with each other,” he said. Geoffrey will finish up at the Royal Easter Show on Monday evening 26 th March, when he will begin his journey to South Australia. Until then, he will be proudly showing off his win in the pig and goat pavilion… And you’re going to hear him boar!
The Showgirl Competition aims to find a young woman to act as an ambassador for rural NSW with her role involving many official and informal duties both at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and during her travels interstate and overseas. It is not a beauty pageant. Most importantly the Showgirls must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW. The Competition encourages the participation and subsequent awareness of rural women’s contribution and involvement in both local communities and rural NSW as a whole. Here are the 2018 Sydney Royal Showgirl finalists: NAME: Nikki Gibbs AGE: 24 OCCUPATION: Veterinary Nurse What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? The Showgirl experience has provided me with endless opportunity for personal growth and self-development. I hope to become a figure for young women in our region that can provide them with the confidence to step out of their comfort zone and give something new a try. NAME: Geena Purcell AGE: 22 OCCUPATION: Accountant – Business Services at Crowe Horwath Wellington What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? A wealth of knowledge regarding agricultural matters, rural NSW and how this relates to the country show movement. The ability to engage an audience and mediate conversations regarding local issues affecting our town. To act as a mentor for future Wellington showgirls, embrace and develop youth in agriculture. NAME: Pollyanna Easey AGE: 22 OCCUPATION: Physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? The showgirl competition is extremely well regarded in giving young rural women a platform to network and voice ideas relevant to their communities. I aspire to take away many of these concepts in an effort to revolutionise my local show. NAME: Kate Lumber AGE: 23 OCCUPATION: Agronomist What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? I believe the showgirl competition is a great opportunity for personal development to become an active leader in your local community. It is a great opportunity to educate and encourage others to engage with agriculture and rural and regional NSW. I hope to be seen as an advocate for rural issues and agriculture in Moree and NSW more broadly. NAME: Kaela McRae AGE: 21 OCCUPATION: Event Coordinator, Casino Beef Week Festival What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? From the Showgirl experience I hope to gain more confidence in my networking and public speaking abilities to then utilise back in my community. I see Showgirl as a platform to share my passions and the love I have for my local community, whilst gaining lifelong friends and connections. NAME: Caitlin Herbert AGE: 23 OCCUPATION: Oral Health Therapist What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? I hope that through my participation in the showgirl competition I can show to young women in the Eugowra area and other rural areas it is possible to get a good education and upon returning to your hometown, have a successful career without having to relocate to the city. Alana Black AGE: 24 OCCUPATION: Communications Coordinator What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? Showgirl is a fantastic opportunity to give young women a platform to champion the amazing communities, like Rydal, that make up regional NSW. It’s also an opportunity to receive professional development that I can take back to my community to empower and encourage other young women to participate in the Showgirl movement. NAME: Emily Jones AGE: 18 Years OCCUPATION: Customer/Library Service and Youth Development Officer What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? From the Showgirl experience I hope to take back ideas, enthusiasm and experience in order to enrich the Henty community. Listening to the other Showgirls and learning about their community and their community values will enable me to compare and contrast and help develop my community for the better. Name: Jacqueline Myhill Age: 23 Occupation: Livestock Administrator Q. What do you think you will gain from your showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? A. The confidence to be a strong female role model within the community while encouraging the young women in our area to enter the Showgirl competition for their own personal development, promote long term participation in the show and demonstrate how to be a positive influence in the wider community. NAME: Keeley Pas field AGE: 22 OCCUPATION: Exercise Physiologist What do you think you will gain from your Showgirl experience that you can take back to enrich your community? Showgirl is a unique opportunity to meet like-minded women, share experiences and discuss challenges. I hope to use this platform to bring awareness to mental health in rural Australia, to be an ambassador in the Queanbeyan region, and to inspire, encourage and empower young women to seek opportunities for leadership and be involved in their community
Some people always order a regular flat white whilst others cannot get through a morning without a large cappuccino. For a few, it is their daily espresso or the treat of a mocha that helps. Then there are those who prefer a latte but only want a small one... a really small one... a mini even. So what do they order? A piccolo latte is a café latte made in an espresso cup. It has a very strong but mellowed espresso taste thanks to the steamed milk and micro foam within it. One theory suggest the piccolo latte originated in Sydney when baristas and coffee roasters started drinking piccolo-style coffee in order to check how their brews were tasting with milk throughout the day. Not wanting a dairy bloat nor to be bouncing off the walls so full of caffeine, this perfectly shrunk café latte deliciously does the job. Perhaps, but a variation is also enjoyed in France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Latin America. Order a noisette, pingo or cortado if you want to feel like a local. The piccolo latte is going before the judges at the Sydney Royal Coffee Competition , with entries opening on 11 October . Established in 1998, the Sydney Royal Coffee Competition is one of Australia's leading coffee competitions. Coffee can be Australian grown or imported, provided the beans are roasted in Australia. Classes include Latte, Plunger, and the Piccolo and all are judged on visual, aroma and taste. Taste encompasses freshness, acidity, bitterness, sweetness, flavour and aftertaste.
What constitutes a well-trained palate for beer tasting and judging? The judging panel for the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show comprises a combination of beer & cider producers, industry educators and communicators, brewers, industry professionals, sommeliers, retailers and journalists. Each judge is an expert, with an appreciation prepared by years of professional experience. And what exactly are they tasting for in blind judging of beer, cider and perry? Drinkability is important – do you want to drink some more and do you actually like it. Overall, the exhibit is judged on Appearance, Aroma, Flavour, Technical Merit, and Style. When it comes to beer, head retention is amongst the criteria judged, clarity and colour are counted, and hop character is also important. The criteria for cider and perry judging include finish and carbonation, fruit character in the aroma, and acid/fruit/sugar balance. The correct balance of taste, aroma and appearance for the style can mean the difference between a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal for beer, cider and perry exhibits. At Sydney Royal, the judges don’t only taste and rate each product but they provide individual feedback to every exhibitor. This alone is a tremendous reason to enter but coupled with the opportunity to benchmark your product against others and to receive recognition from industry peers, participation is more than rewarded. Neal Cameron, Chair of Judges is the developer and teacher of the Certificate III in Microbrewing at TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute. Neil is also Technical Director for Brewtique, specialising in brewing equipment installs around Australia and Asia. When asked what he would spend his last $10 on, Neal answered: “A decent craft beer, naturally.” And if you’re wondering, as apples are to cider, so pears are to perry.
As cider is made from apples, perry is made from pears. And award-winning beer is made from blood, sweat and yeast! The Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show is open for entries now, but you’ll need to get your hops on – entries close on 11 July. Supporting the Australian Beer & Cider industry, by attracting the very best professionals as Judges and Stewards and providing an excellent environment for networking and professional development to all participants, the competition promotes and rewards excellence in the Australian beverage industry. Previous Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show winners include Sydney Brewery, Matilda Bay, Redoak and Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. All exhibits are of Australian origin, brewed in Australia and with all business names registered in Australia. All Cider and Perry Exhibits must be made using Australian-grown apples and pears. No additional flavours are allowed to be added. At Sydney Royal the judges don’t only taste and rate each exhibit, they also provide individual feedback to every exhibitor. Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show exhibitors have included Bridge Road Brewers, Franklin Cider Company, 4 Pines Brewing Co. and Lion Australia, with entry numbers increasing over the past ten years of competition. This is an outstanding opportunity to for beer, cider and perry producers and brewers to benchmark their product against competitors and draw attention to their beverages. As well as pride and prestige, a Sydney Royal win provides a springboard to increase returns. All winners receive Sydney Royal medal or trophy artwork designed to be used across a wide range of marketing collateral. There is also the opportunity to present and promote medal-winning products at the Sydney Royal Easter Show – an event that attracts on average 850,000 visitors every year, and the opportunity to be handpicked by Sydney Showground to supply your medal-winning product at hundreds of events that happen on site throughout the year. The Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show – entries close 11 July, judging takes place 19 September, awards night 22 September… find out more at www.rasnsw.com.au/beercider and discover if beauty truly is in the eye of the beer holder.