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Handwritten labels, honest ingredients and a labour of love

Thursday, 22 Dec, 2016
Crisp Produce & Preserves began as a hobby business five years ago, when Simone Lukacs found that no matter how many preserves she gave away to family and friends, her pantry shelves were still left full to the brim.

Making food taste better, easily

Thursday, 22 Dec, 2016
Sticky Balsamic is the brain-child of Lea Priest, an award-winning chef who has worked at some of the best restaurants in Australia. Lea has a strong passion for creating exceptional quality products that make food taste better, easily.

Pop the Bottle!

Monday, 19 Dec, 2016
If there was ever an excuse to indulge in the very best bubbles, its New Year’s Eve, so pop the cork on these award winners to get the party started!

Classic Cocktails

Monday, 19 Dec, 2016
Welcome 2017 in style with these classic cocktails using award-winning Australian spirits

Award-winning Christmas picks: The Food!

Wednesday, 23 Nov, 2016
From the antipasto platter to the dessert, the main course to the pre-dinner snacks, try these Australian Food Awards winners for a golden celebration!

Award-winning Christmas picks: The Wine!

Tuesday, 22 Nov, 2016
Whether its popping the first bottle of bubbles, or the last sip of dessert wine at the end of the meal, Winning Tastes has you covered with these Royal Melbourne Wine Awards award-winning drops!

Award-winning Christmas picks: The Beer!

Friday, 18 Nov, 2016
What’s a Christmas BBQ without a cold beer or two? Whether you are a traditionalist or more creative in your selections, try these Australian International Beer Awards award-winning brews (as a little pressie to yourself!).

Award-winning Christmas ideas: The Cocktails!

Thursday, 17 Nov, 2016
Celebrate the festivities at your office Christmas party, a few drinks with friends or on Christmas Eve with these delicious cocktail recipes using award-winning spirits from the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards!

A whirlwind first year for Australian Food Awards medal-winners Wits End Pulses

Thursday, 10 Nov, 2016
Starting out just one year ago in November 2015 on the Niewand family’s sixth generation farm in Rupanyup, Wits End Pulses has already been awarded the title of Best in Class Grains and Pulses and a further two gold medals for their products at the 2016 Australian Food Awards.

Back to Basics with Australian Food Awards Medal-Winners Pangkarra Foods

Wednesday, 09 Nov, 2016
For five generations, the Maitland family has grown quality cereals and legumes on their farm in Clare Valley, South Australia, producing fine food products including premium wholegrain dry pasta, wholegrain flour and wholegrain chickpeas and beans.

Delicious Garlicious® Grown Garlic

Wednesday, 09 Nov, 2016
Jenny Daniher and Cathy Owen of Braidwood, New South Wales, recognise the importance of value adding top quality farm produce. Having grown garlic for some years, they noticed an industry trend and increased interest in black garlic and decided to make their own.

Emelia’s Saucy products from the historical town of Kyneton

Wednesday, 09 Nov, 2016
Established in the historical town of Kyneton, Emelia’s started in the kitchen at home and remains a family business 23 years on.

A handmade philosophy comes up gold for Cunliffe & Waters

Monday, 24 Oct, 2016
Established by Amanda Cunliffe in 1996 and sold to long-standing employees Simone and Josh O’Dea 20 years later, in early 2016, Cunliffe & Waters handmade philosophy has seen the business succeed in this year’s Australian Food Awards taking home three Gold Medals and a Champion Trophy.

Digging, dogs and decades of dedication- Terra Preta Truffles awarded Australian product of the year

Friday, 09 Sep, 2016
New South Wales family-run business Terra Preta have taken home the 2016 Australian Produce of the Year Trophy for their high grade French Black Truffles. But the Marshall family’s success has taken years of dedication, discovery and dog training.

Family values and organic produce prove a winning recipe for Kehoe’s Kitchen

Tuesday, 02 Aug, 2016
In three years, Kehoe’s Kitchen has developed from blog, to local market stall, to Australia’s first certified organic vegetable fermenter, to supplier to retailers nationwide and winner of three gold medals – and a silver, at the 2016 Australian Food Awards (AFA).

How Caramelicious turned a passion into a successful business

Monday, 01 Aug, 2016
When French-born jockey Remi Tremsal moved to Australia in 2003 to further his career, little did he know a back injury eight years later would lead to the realisation of a second dream- creating award-winning artisanal caramel business, Caramelicious.

The AIBA Judging Process

Wednesday, 08 Jun, 2016

You see a beer stamped with the AIBA seal and know that you are looking at one of the world’s best brews, but how do the AIBA judges decide which beers come out on top?

Find out what makes Australian Distiller of the Year, Limeburners Distillery, so unique

Tuesday, 24 May, 2016

At Limeburners, the production mottos are “in pursuit of excellence” and “continuous improvement”. In everything we do, we strive for excellence and we simply won’t compromise on quality ingredients or rush results.   

Meet AIBA Judge - Justin Fox

Friday, 20 May, 2016

Meet 2016 AIBA Judge, Justin Fox – Head of Brewing at Colonial Brewing in Western Australia, who enjoys a cold beer in the company of friends.

AIBA Showcases the 2016 award-winning ‘SAISON Á TROIS’ collaboration brew

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) will unveil the prized ‘Saison á Trois’ collaboration brew crafted by the 2015 Australian Champion Brewers at the upcoming 2016 AIBA presentation dinner in May.

Passion, People & Sustainability with award-winning Bean!Roasters by Cosmorex

Tuesday, 19 Apr, 2016

Mix it with the Best - Julian White

Tuesday, 12 Apr, 2016

Meet Julian White, Australian Distilled Spirits Awards judge and an advocate for a more egalitarian approach to spirit perception and consumption.

Mix it with the Best - Craig Daniels

Tuesday, 12 Apr, 2016

Meet Australian Distilled Spirits Awards Judge, Craig Daniels, whose guilty pleasure is an afternoon gin & tonic.

Mix it with the best - Geoff Fewell

Monday, 11 Apr, 2016

Meet Australian Distilled Spirits Awards judge, Geoff Fewell, whisky-lover and an advocate for cocktails before midday.

Mix it with the best - Kevin Peters

Monday, 11 Apr, 2016

Meet master mixologist, Kevin Peters, who forecasts a spirits industry with more craft distillers and a
growing reputation for quality.

Easter-Feaster! Delicious medal-winning treats for the whole family

Monday, 07 Mar, 2016

Easter is a time of celebration, family, food- and chocolate! So why not give your loved ones the best with these medal-winning sweet treats!

Australia’s best brewers combine talents for AIBA Collaboration beer!

Friday, 04 Mar, 2016

What do you get when you combine the talents of three of Australia’s best brewers? The Australian International Beer Awards Limited Edition Collaboration Brew- and here’s how to get your hands on one!

Winning hearts this Valentine’s Day is simple with Winning Tastes!

Friday, 12 Feb, 2016

Spoil the ones you love (including yourself!) with golden sweet treats this Valentine’s Day- deliciously indulgent medal-winning choccies!

Put Winning Tastes in your Christmas table!

Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2015

Impressing your guests this Christmas is simple with delicious medal-winning food and drink from Winning Tastes producers!

Meet Dave Bonighton, Champion Australia Brewer from Mountain Goat

Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2015

Meet Dave Bonighton, co-founder of Mountain Goat Beer, a micro-brewery in Richmond, Victoria. Dave has come a long way from humble beginnings of crafting beer in his backyard, to winning Champion Australia Brewer for Mountain Goat at The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). 

Delicious Drops and Tasty Tipples as the Winners for the Australian International Beer Awards are Announced

Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2015

The winners of the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards were announced recently. Find out who took home the trophies, and which delicious drops you should be reaching for.

The Modern Culture of Beer

Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2015

Kirrily Waldhorn, beer presenter, educator, consultant, writer and judge is passionate about beer and wants to show Australians that beer is the new wine. Kirrily has 12 years experience in the beer industry behind her and is currently the editor of Froth & Fodder and founder of Kirrily tells Winning Tastes what exactly it is about beer that really knocks her hops off.

20% off Spiegelau's entire webstore

Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2015

As proud sponsors of the AIBA, Spiegelau are offering you 20% off their entire webstore, including sister brands Riedel and Nachtmann.

Head to the ‘Hop Off’ at Good Beer Week

Tuesday, 31 Mar, 2015

Consider yourself a beer lover, beer geek or beer enthusiast? You be the judge, alongside brewing’s finest at the Hop Off Dinner!

Join the 2015 international and local Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) judges at The Post Office Hotel in Coburg, for a delicious three course meal, matched to beers selected by two top expert beer teams- one representing the AIBA and the other representing Good Beer Week.

Easter Treats- Indulge in these award winning choc-delights this Easter!

Friday, 27 Mar, 2015

Chocoholics- Treating yourself couldn’t be simpler or more indulgent this Easter with the Winning Tastes guide to the best handcrafted, hand painted and award winning delicious choccy treats from the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.

Meet Sebastian Costello, owner of Melbourne bar, Bad Frankie

Wednesday, 25 Mar, 2015

Meet Australian Distilled Spirits Awards Judge, Sebastian Costello, Owner of one of Melbourne’s most celebrated bars Bad Frankie. Find out about his affinity with locally made spirits and get tips on how to taste the best tipples!

A roast to boast about- the winners of the Australian International Coffee Awards are announced!

Monday, 23 Mar, 2015

The winners of the 2015 Australian International Coffee Awards were announced this month. Check out who took home the trophies, and look out for these roasters at your local café or add these beans to your morning brew!

Winning Tastes for your table this Christmas!

Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2014

With Christmas just days away, last minute preparations are in full swing. From pre-dinner drinks to the platter of cheese, the traditional table to the best beverages, the Winning Tastes Christmas dinner guide will walk you through some of the 2014 award-winning fine food and beverages to include this festive season.

Christmas Q n A with…Tina Knight, Lisadurne Hill - Champion Single Estate Grown Olive Oil

Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2014

Meet Tina Knight from Lisadurne Hill, whose Hojiblanca was Winner Best Victorian Product and Champion Single Estate Grown Olive Oil, as we ask her to share her favourite Christmas memories and tips for the festive season!

Noticed a gold medal on your fave food or drink? Here’s what it all means!

Been shopping and spotted a gold medal from one of RASV’s food and drink awards on a product? If you have ever wondered how these medals are awarded and what they all mean, then this is your must-read guide!

What does it take to be a food judge? Meet Rob Kabboord, Chef de Cuisine- Quay

The 2016 Australian Food Awards judging is in full swing confectionery, preserves and jams, cheese, ice cream, beef and lamb all put through the taste test this week. But what does it take to be a food judge? We speak to Rob Kabboord,Chef de Cuisine- Quay, Sydney to find out.

Palate Cleansers

Strong flavours are the secret to delicious food and drink, but what do you do when they stay on the tastebuds a little longer than you want? Try these expert tips from our food and drink awards judges, on how to cleanse your palate so you are ready for the next taste sensation!