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2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show indicates industry growth and a rise in health-conscious products

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2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show indicates industry growth and a rise in health-conscious products

 

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has today announced the thirty-two Champion products of its 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, with this year’s competition highlighting significant growth in both quality and quantity of entrants, and an industry trend towards alternative, health-conscious products.

Judged over a three-week period, and encompassing seven different competitions, this year’s Sydney Royal Fine Food Show saw a range of newcomers and new products taking centre stage, with five first-time exhibitors receiving Champion Awards.

In the Specialty Foods competition, first-time exhibitor Le Saucier, were awarded Champion Savoury Preserve or Product for their Rosemary Jus, with judges praising its rich meaty flavour and beautiful silky texture. Their Braised Beef Cheek Ravioli also picked up a Champion Award in the Pasta competition, marking the first time in nine years an exhibitor has won a Champion Award in two separate Fine Food competitions.

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Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Committee Chair, Lachlan Bowtell, said the level of high-quality produce from first-time exhibitors has positive implications for the fine food industry well beyond these competitions.

“The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show provides an important platform for emerging talent to shine in a very active market, and an opportunity for small producers to have the playing field levelled against their larger competitors, as all products are tasted blind”, Lachlan Bowtell said.

“A Sydney Royal medal provides small producers with a recognised mark of distinction, creating consumer confidence in the product, which helps to shape the overall quality of the product market, so it’s a win for everyone involved”.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has announced the thirty-two Champion products of its 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has announced the thirty-two Champion products of its 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

Fermented products were a notable standout at this year’s competition, with products such as Kombucha, Sauerkraut, and Miso, surging in popularity. The 16th Annual President Medal winners, Rice Culture, led the charge with six gold medals and another Champion Award for their Organic Shiro (White) Miso.

Plant-based and gluten-free categories continue to grow, while natural oil replacements, such as tallow, a rendered form of beef fat, also made an appearance.

“These products are reflective of wider industry trends as consumers are looking for more organic, sustainable, and healthier alternatives to traditional products. The products that we are seeing come through are tapping into current societal values of reducing food waste and consuming produce that provides more holistic health benefits.

“What is most important is that not only are we seeing a growth in these types of products, but the quality is also there, with approximately a third of entrants in these categories receiving gold medals”, Bowtell said.

This year’s Sydney Royal Fine Food Show saw significant growth across the seven competitions, both in entries and gold medal recipients. Entries in the Professional Bakery competition were up by 42% compared to last year, while the percentage of gold medal winners in the Pasta competition was doubled this year.

In the Oil & Olives competition, despite unseasonably cold weather impacting this year’s olive harvest, an impressive 90% of entrants were awarded a medal, with consistent performer Gooramada Olives awarded Champion Table Olives for the third year in a row.

“It’s exciting to see the growth across the competitions and the increasing number of medals awarded at that top level, reaffirming that the quality of Australian produce continues to improve. As more and more small producers submit their products for evaluation and receive valuable feedback from some of the best judges in the industry, this will continue to raise standards and drive product quality going forward”, Bowtell said.

All 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Champions are listed below. Full results (including gold, silver & bronze medals) can be found at the RAS Website

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has announced the thirty-two Champion products of its 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has announced the thirty-two Champion products of its 2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

2023 Sydney Royal Fine Food Champions

Aquaculture:

  • Champion Fresh Fish:
    Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod for its Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod Gill Gutted 2.0kg-3.0kg
  • Champion Smoked/Cured Product:
    By Kai for its Smoked Trout
  • Champion Other Farmed Aquaculture Product:
    The Nambucca Oyster Company for its La Charentaise

Branded Meats:

  • Champion Lamb:
    Midfield Meats International for its ‘246’ Grass Fed Lamb Rack
  • Champion Pork:
    Gumshire Pork for its Gumshire Pork Hampshire Pork Loin
  • Champion Beef:
    Stockyard Beef Pty Ltd for its Stockyard Gold
  • Champion Poultry:
    The Food Farm for its The Food Farm Pasture Raised Chicken Certified Organic Fed Whole Bird 1.6kg
  • Branded Meat Grand Champion (The Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy for Branded Meat Grand Champion Exhibit):
    Midfield Meats International for its ‘246’ Grass Fed Lamb Rack

Oil & Olives:

  • Champion Boutique Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
    W2Olives for its W2Olives Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Champion Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume):
    EB & JC Hartmann Partnership Glen Olives for its Glen Olives Frantoio
  • Champion Blended Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume):
    Wilson Family Olives for its Wilson Family – Olive D’or – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Picual/Coratina)
  • Champion Flavoured or Culinary Oil:
    Rio Vista Olives, produced by Woodlane Estate Pty Ltd, for its Rio Vista Olives Chilli Pressed Olive Oil
  • Champion Table Olives:
    Gooramadda Olives for its Gooramadda Olives – Kalamata Olives

Pasta:

  • Champion Fresh Pasta:
    Mancini Pasta for its Mancini Pasta Fresh Spaghetti
  • Champion Dried Pasta:
    Braidwood Food Company for its Artisanal Australian Mountain Pepper Gigli
  • Champion Filled Pasta:
    Le Saucier for its Le Saucier | Braised Beef Cheek Ravioli
  • Champion Noodle:
    Not Awarded

Professional Bakery:

  • Champion Bread:
    Three Mills Bakery for its Three Mills Bakery Salt & Pepper Baguette
  • Champion Cake:
    Little Secrets Bakehouse for its Little Secrets Bakehouse – Fig and Apple Cake
  • Champion Biscuit:
    Three Mills Bakery for its Three Mills Bakery Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie
  • Champion Pastry:
    Sacrebleu! Caneles and Co Pty Ltd for its Sacrebleu!’s Traditional Quiche Lorraine
  • Best Professional Bakery Apprentice/Student Exhibit:
    The Gumnut Patisserie, Apprentice Carla Penza, for the Opera Slice/Strawberry Rhubarb Tart/Passionfruit Meringue

Smallgoods & Charcuterie:

  • Champion Bacon:
    Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre for its Taylor’s Premium Short Cut Maple Bacon
  • Champion Ham:
    Stapleton Family Meats Gymea for its Stapleton’s Own Boneless Leg Ham
  • Champion Salami Type Products:
    Puopolo Artisan Salumi for its Puopolo Artisan Salumi Finocchiona Mild Fennel Salami
  • Champion Dried/Cured Products:
    Hungerford Meat Co, produced by MR Charcuterie, for its MR Charcuterie Chilli + Fennel Lonza
  • Champion Other Charcuterie Products (Annual Trophy supported by NSW Food Authority):
    Hungerford Meat Co, produced by MR Charcuterie, for its MR Charcuterie Pate De Campagne Pork + Pistachio Terrine
  • Champion Fresh Sausage (The Champion Fresh Sausage Perpetual Trophy, donated by Graham J Crouch):
    Tender Gourmet Butchery for its Pork Truffle and Provolone Cheese

Specialty Foods:

  • Champion Sweet Preserve or Product:
    Black Garlic & Co for its Aged Black Garlic & Cherry Paste
  • Champion Savoury Preserve or Product:
    Le Saucier for its Le Saucier | Rosemary Jus
  • Champion Spice, Pickled Product, or Vinegar:
    Rice Culture for its Rice Culture Organic Shiro (White) Miso
  • Champion Other Specialty Product:
    Hazelbrae Hazelnuts for its Hazelbrae Hazelnuts Slow Cooked & Dry Roasted Hazelnuts
  • Champion Coffee:
    Bellissimo Coffee for its Chesterson Estate Coffee

 

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Blues on Broadbeach

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Blues on Broadbeach

 

Returning for its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach is set to transform the Gold Coast into a rhythm and blues haven from May 16-19, 2024!

The festival will feature over 65 international and local artists across 16 indoor and outdoor stages, promising an abundance of live rhythm & blues over the four-day event.

The festival program and app are now live, so you can start planning your experience today! A highlight of the festival will be US headliner Melissa Etheridge, who is set to deliver a rocking two-hour show on Saturday night.

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Other international stars making their way to the festival include Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton, Ana Popovic, Eric Bibb, Hi Rhythm Section with Boo Mitchell, and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, all renowned figures in the contemporary blues scene.

The festival will also showcase plenty of national and local talent, including festival favourite 8 Ball Aitken & Friends, who will host a special All-Star Blues Jam on Sunday, May 19. Gold Coast’s own Karl S. Williams will open for Melissa Etheridge on Saturday night.

A new addition this year is the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket, featuring New Zealand’s electronic-reggae-soul pioneers Fat Freddy’s Drop, alongside Tijuana Cartel and BOOMCHILD, who will perform exclusively at Kurrawa Park on Sunday, May 19.

With VIP tickets already sold out, be sure to secure your ticket soon to expand your Blues on Broadbeach experience! Beyond the six outdoor stages in the Broadbeach precinct, 10 Partnered Venues will also offer live music, allowing you to enjoy a meal or drink without missing any of the festival’s packed programming.

With so much happening from May 16-19, don’t miss out on your favourite acts! Download the Blues on Broadbeach 2024 festival app from the App Store or Google Play to create your personalised schedule.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: 16th – 19th of May
  • Where: Broadbeach
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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ASH GRUNWALD AT THE REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH

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ASH GRUNWALD AT THE REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH

 

One of Australia’s leading blues musician, Ash Grunwald, has announced a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of his latest single, “Life Without You.”

This laid-back track, which explores the themes of enduring love and appreciation for one’s partner, is a collaboration with Garrett Kato, renowned for his work with Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” and numerous releases by Ziggy Alberts. The song’s emotional depth is sure to resonate with listeners.

Ash Grunwald has long been an inspiration, encouraging a generation to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, “surfing by day and jamming by night”.

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His illustrious career has seen him share stages with legends like James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among many others. He has captivated audiences at sold-out festivals across Europe, Japan, and North America.

Grunwald’s impressive discography includes six Australian Top-50 albums, and he has been recognised with numerous accolades: five ARIA and four AIR Award nominations, two APRA Awards, and the Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see Australia’s most dynamic blues performer live at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. This tour promises to be a memorable experience, showcasing Ash Grunwald’s exceptional talent and his latest musical endeavours.

Be sure to catch this tour and witness the captivating performances of an artist who has significantly shaped the Australian blues scene. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to his music, Ash Grunwald’s tour is an event not to be missed.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fri 24th May, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Where: The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah
  • Price: $50+BF
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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Great Board Games for Family Game Night!

 

A classic game night is the epitome of a cosy evening spent indoors, filled with laughter and friendly competition. Whether you’re looking to refresh your game cupboard or considering board games as thoughtful gifts, exploring the right options can enhance these lively gatherings. From strategic board games that challenge the mind to light-hearted party games that bring out the laughs, there’s something for everyone. Let’s delve into a selection of excellent games that are perfect for family game night, ensuring hours of entertainment and cherished memories with loved ones.

The game of life

College, marriage, kids, insurance! What a way to learn about being an adult while adding fun to the mix! In the Game of Life, each player navigates through various life stages using a plastic car on the game board, from choosing a college to settling into retirement.

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The goal of the game is to traverse life by making wise decisions, aiming to retire first and with the most wealth. It’s an excellent game for teaching children about life’s lessons in a fun and accessible manner. Playing this game as a family not only promises enjoyable moments but also ignites meaningful conversations.

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  • Number of Players: Two to four
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 60 minutes

Monopoly

The first official Monopoly game was released in 1935, and it has been cultivating real estate moguls ever since. This board game involves both risk and chance as players purchase and trade properties while trying to avoid jail.

Players can buy properties if they have the necessary funds and can generate income by charging rent to other players who land on their properties. The objective of the game is to bankrupt your opponents, which can be a lengthy process. The strategy is to acquire enough properties in the same area to create a monopoly, making it difficult for other players to afford rent, ultimately leading to their bankruptcy.

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  • Number of Players: Two to six
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: One to two hours

Cards Against Humanity

When playing Cards Against Humanity, forget about maintaining decorum. The game features black cards with open-ended prompts and white cards filled with a mix of humorous, risqué, and bizarre phrases.

In each round, a player takes on the role of the judge and selects a black card to present to the group. The other players then choose one of their white cards that best complements the prompt and hand it to the judge. The judge mixes these submissions and reads them aloud, ultimately picking a favourite based on their appeal.

This game is strictly for adults, designed to provoke laughter. You can enjoy it just for the fun or keep score with points for each round’s winning card to find out who excels at pushing boundaries.

Product Details:

  • Number of Players: Four to 20
  • Recommended Age: 18 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 90 minutes

UNO

To play this engaging family game, all you need is an Uno card deck. It doesn’t require any additional pieces like marbles or spinners, making it easy to clean up and perfect for travel.

The Uno deck consists of 108 cards, with 25 cards in each of four colours and eight special action cards, such as Skip and Reverse. Players match cards from their hands to the card in the centre of the game by colour or number. They draw new cards from the deck until none remain. When a player is down to one card, they shout “Uno!”—a highlight of the game. Winning also traditionally involves a celebratory dance, adding to the fun.

Product Details:

  • Number of Players: Two to 10
  • Recommended Age: 7 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 minutes or less

 

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