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Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards

The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA), is Australia’s premium fine food event.

The RMFFA promotes excellence across the fine food industry, celebrating boutique producers and regional specialists.

Conducted biannually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMFFA presents a valuable opportunity for all producers, large and small, to benchmark their products and establish their credentials in the Australian fine food industry.

The Autumn program takes place in February while the Spring program takes place in June- August.

The RMFFA provides consumers with a seal of excellence to mark quality and exhibitors with the opportunity to link with consumers through consumer engagement activities such as the Taste of Victoria Pavilion and the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Deli at the Royal Melbourne Show.

2014 Trophy Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) Trophy winners, announced last night at a presentation held in the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show. Australia’s premium fine food competition, attracting entrants from across the country with a total of 1542 entries the RMFFA promotes excellence in food production and manufacturing; celebrating producers and regional specialists.

46 trophies were officially awarded recognising the best of the best across both the Autumn and Spring programs. Fine food producers from Victoria were awarded 28 trophies overall with 11 awarded in New South Wales, five in Tasmania, three in Western Australia, two in South Australia and one in Queensland.

The Victorian Award for Best Victorian Product was awarded to Lisadurne Hill for their Hojiblanca in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil category. The Hojiblanca was also awarded Champion Single Estate Grown Oil.

Lisadurne Hill co-owner Tina Knight said, “Our wins are a really good selling point in promotional literature, at the markets, to retailers. It really makes a difference. It says ‘yes the quality is there, that our oil has a really good quality reputation’. That’s really important for the retailers. The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Award program has that cache and people really recognise that. It’s perceived by the general public and retailers as a premier competition to enter.”

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) congratulates all trophy and medal winners and looks forward to future successes the winning products will achieve, as a result of these titles.

To experience some of the medal and champion products from the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, visit the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Deli in the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show 20 September – 1 October.

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 Trophy Winners

The Victorian Award –  For Best Victorian Product

Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lisadurne Hill, VIC

Cider & Perry
CHAMPION BOTTLE FERMENTED CIDER AND PERRY

Cheeky Rascal Methode Traditionelle Apple Cider, Rebello Wines, VIC

Fresh Produce
CHAMPION GARLIC

Ontos Purple, Ontos Farm, VIC

Pantry Goods
CHAMPION CEREAL/MUESLI

Granoata – Fine & Sunny – Sunmuscat, Liv & Luv Gourmet Foods, VIC

CHAMPION CRACKER

Raw Flaxseed Crackers, The Goodness Company, NSW

CHAMPION FRUIT PRODUCT

Howieson Farm Dried Apricots, Howieson Farm, NSW

CHAMPION CONFECTIONARY

English Toffee, Sweetness The Patisserie, NSW

CHAMPION SALT/SPICE PRODUCT

Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes, Murray River Salt, VIC

CHAMPION HONEY

Buzz Honey Orange Blossom, Buzz Honey, SA

Pasta
CHAMPION PASTA

Pastabilities Kumara with Provolone & Nutmeg Ravioli, Pastabilities, NSW

Packaging
CHAMPION PACKAGING

Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments, Charlie’s Cookies, VIC

Branded Beef
CHAMPION LARGE BRANDED BEEF

Stockyard Black, Stockyard, QLD

CHAMPION SMALL BRANDED BEEF

Wuk Wuk Beef, Grassvale Farms, VIC

Branded Lamb
CHAMPION LARGE BRANDED LAMB

Remarkable Meat Co. 20-23kg weight, Australian Meat Direct, SA

CHAMPION SMALL BRANDED LAMB

Farmer Dan Grass Fed Lamb, Smugglers Cottage T/A Farmer Dan, VIC

Bread & Baked Goods
CHAMPION BISCUIT

Shortbread Button, Solcity T/A Crooked Creek, NSW

CHAMPION GLUTEN FREE BREAD AND BAKED GOODS

Lime & Coconut Cheesecake, Sweet by Nature, VIC

CHAMPION BAGEL

Coles Raisin & Cinnamon Bagel, George Weston Foods for Coles Supermarkets
Australia, VIC

CHAMPION PASTRY

Manubread Framboisienne, Manubread, TAS

CHAMPION ARTISAN/SPECIALITY BREAD

Manubread Traditional Loaf, Manubread, TAS

CHAMPION TRADITIONAL BAKERY BREAD

Quinoa and Soya Loaf, Brasserie Bread, VIC

Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet
CHAMPION ICE CREAM

Serendipity Salted Pistachio Praline Ice Cream, Serendipity Ice Cream, NSW

CHAMPION GELATO

Dooley’s Premium French Vanilla Gelato, Dooley’s Ice Cream, VIC

CHAMPION SORBET

Very Berry Sorbet, The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC

Delicatessen
CHAMPION DELICATESSEN

Paradise Beach Purveyors Tzatziki, Paradise Beach Purveyors, NSW

CHAMPION SMALLGOODS

Pastrami, Freshwater Village Butchery and Smokehouse, NSW

CHAMPION UNCOOKED SAUSAGE

Pork and Vino Bianco, Princi Butchers, WA

Dairy
CHAMPION BUTTER

Honey and Walnut Butter, The Butter Factory Myrtleford, VIC

CHAMPION FRESH CHEESE

Ricotta, Montefiore Cheese Australia, VIC

CHAMPION MOULD SURFACE RIPENED CHEESE

Unicorn Triple Cream Brie 125g, Snow Brand Australia, NSW

CHAMPION SOFT WASHED RIND CHEESE

King River Gold, Milawa Cheese Company, VIC

CHAMPION BLUE CHEESE

Tarwin Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION CHEDDAR

Pyengana Dairy Co., Pyengana Dairy Company, TAS

CHAMPION HARD CHEESE

Pecorino Plain, Floridia Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION YOGHURT

Brooklea Joi Mixed Berry, Fonterra Brands Australia, VIC

CHAMPION CREAM

Yea Brand Double Cream, Yea Brand, VIC

CHAMPION MILK

Inglenook Dairy Cream Top Milk Unhomogenised, Inglenook Dairy, VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO CHEESE

Nectar Barrel, Holy Goat Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO YOGHURT

Caprilac Goat Strawberry Yoghurt, UphamGo (Australia), VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO MILK

Drysdale Cheeses Pure Goat Milk, Drysdale Cheeses, VIC

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
CHAMPION BOUTIQUE OIL

Rusty Gate Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Picual, Rusty Gate Estate, VIC

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL OIL

Cobram Estate Classic Flavour Intensity, Cobram Estate, VIC

CHAMPION SINGLE ESTATE GROWN OIL

Lisadurne Hill – Hojiblanca, Lisadurne Hill, VIC

CHAMPION FLAVOURED OIL

Mt Buffalo Olives – Lemon Agrumato, Mt Buffalo Olives, VIC

Free Range Eggs
CHAMPION FREE RANGE EGG

Holbrook Paddock Eggs, Holbrook Paddock Eggs, NSW

Preserves
CHAMPION PRESERVE

Toscano’s - Yarra Valley Mixed Berry Jam, F & T Toscano Nom, VIC

Australian Distilled Spirits and Liqueurs

The trophy winners for the first Australian Distilled Spirits and Liqueurs Category which were part of the Autumn Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards were
officially announced in February as part of the Top Shelf Drinks Festival. The winners in this category were:

BEST AUSTRALIAN DISTILLER

Lark Distillery, TAS

CHAMPION WHISKY

Lark Tasmania Single Malt Whiskey, Small cask aged sherry cask; Cask 412, Lark Distillery, TAS

CHAMPION GIN

The West Winds Gin – The Cutlass: The Tailor Spirits Company, WA

CHAMPION RUM

Ord River Rum Overproof: Hoochery Distillery, WA

CHAMPION OTHER SPIRITS

Premium Pear William Schnapps: Wild Brumby, NSW

RMFFA Autumn 2015

Judging for the Autumn Program will take place in February 2015.  Further information on categories and classes will be available in November 2014.

Entries for the 2015 RMFFA Autumn Program will open on 9 December 2014.