Australia’s top cheese & dairy producers have been recognised this evening, as the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) announced the results of its 2022 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, at a special awards ceremony held at The Stables, Sydney Showground.
After four days of competition, which saw the venue transform from a judging ring to a fairy-lit cocktail function, multiple states have come out on top with champions across the categories of cheese, ice cream and gelato, milk, yoghurt, cream, and butter awarded.
Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Chair of Judges, Tiffany Beer, said the produce this year was of an excellent standard and praised the judges for their knowledge and expertise.
“Champion dairy products start with great quality milk. The producers need to understand the seasonal and other characteristics of the milk, use their expertise to make products suited to the milk and be committed to ensuring the ideal conditions for that product at all stages of production”, Tiffany Beer said.
“The quality of the ice creams and gelatos were excellent, most had a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and the flavours were generally true to type. There were also some exceptional buffalo, sheep, and goat products.”
“The Champion cheese was very well made, with complex well-balanced flavours and a rich creamy texture.”
The prestigious Champion Cheese of Show was awarded to Berry’s Creek Gourmet Cheese from Victoria, for their Oak Blue variety. Champion Cheddar went to Bega Cheese for the 6th consecutive year for its Bega Rindless Cheddar, with Meredith Dairy’s Fresh Goats Cheese, Chevre, Woombye Cheese Company’s, Woomby Ash Brie, and Pecora Dairy’s Yarrawa rounding out the top medal-winning cheeses for the Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual Trophy.
In the ice cream and gelato category, NSW scooped the prize pool, with Gelateria Gondola, Cow and the Moon, and Mr Pisa Gelato taking out the top awards. Western Australia produced champions in the flavoured milk and yoghurt categories, while Fonterra Sprayton have proved for the 5th year running that Tasmania are churning out the best butter.
Sydney Showground, which falls under the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, is proud to support and run a competition that aims to continuously raise the standard of the Australian dairy industry by assessing produce against benchmark scores.
Judges award points for several qualities, including flavour, aroma, texture, and presentation, awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals to those that meet the respective benchmarks.
This year’s competition saw a total of 68 gold, 134 silver, and 157 bronze medals awarded.
In addition to their award, top medal winners are given the opportunity to promote their product at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and may be chosen to supply their product at one of the many events that take place at Sydney Showground throughout the year.
To view all 2022 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show results including all Champions and Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal recipients please visit the website or to explore Sydney Showgrounds venue The Stables, click here.