RAS President’s Medal Finalists named

By Sydney Olympic Park, 22 December, 2017

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 12th 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.


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Source: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW