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Hunter-based ‘foodies’ champions in their fields

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Three Hunter-based ventures are “champions” in their field, according to the 2022 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

Anna Bay’s Pasta Di Porto Pty Ltd received a gold medal for its Tasmanian smoked salmon, lemon oil and fresh dill ravioli in squid ink pasta.

And, for good measure, the company’s portobello mushroom, roast garlic and truffle ravioli in porcini mushroom pasta was named the Champion Filled Pasta.

Gold also went the way of Lovedale’s Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove for its chili and garlic olives.

Newcastle’s Pudding Lady, in Cardiff, secured the Champion Cake for is traditional Christmas pudding, too.

Pasta Di Porto owners Peter Toth and Domenica Fedele.

After a month of judging, across seven individual competitions, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) announced the winners, with results reflecting a rise in the quality and market demand of plant-based and gluten-free products.

Sydney Royal Fine Food Show committee chair Lachlan Bowtell congratulated all the finalists.

“The standard was very high, across all competitions, and our judges were very pleased with the exhibits,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many companies submit their products for evaluation.

“The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show provides invaluable feedback for exhibitors, by the best judges in the country, which will continue to drive product quality going forward.”

2022 Sydney Royal Fine Food Champions

Aquaculture:

  • Champion Fresh Fish: Tassal Operations for its Tassal Fresh Salmon Hog
  • Champion Smoked/Cured Product: Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod for its Aquna Hot Smoked Murray Cod
  • Champion Other Farmed Aquaculture Product: Yumbah Aquaculture Ltd for its Yumbah Australian Greenlip Abalone Whole in Shell

Branded Meats:

  • Champion Lamb: Midfield Meats International for its ‘Union Station’
  • Champion Pork: Not awarded
  • Champion Beef: Jack’s Creek for its Jack’s Creek Wagyu
  • Branded Meat Grand Champion: Midfield Meats International for its ‘Union Station’

Oil & Olives:

  • Champion Boutique Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Bytenew Pty Ltd for its Yaraandoo Estate Frantoio
  • Champion Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume): Cobram Estate for its Ultra Premium Hojiblanca
  • Champion Blended Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Commercial Volume): Cobram Estate for its Classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Champion Flavoured or Culinary Oil: Flavourista for its Yuzu Olive Oil
  • Champion Table Olives: Gooramadda Olives for its Kalamata Table Olives

Pasta:

  • Champion Fresh Pasta: Mancini Pasta for its Mancini Squid Linguine
  • Champion Dried Pasta: Not Awarded
  • Champion Filled Pasta: Pasta Di Porto Pty Ltd for its Portobello Mushroom, Roast Garlic & Truffle Ravioli in Porcini Mushroom Pasta
  • Champion Noodle: Not Awarded

Professional Bakery:

  • Champion Bread: Mouthwater Foods P.L. for its Seeded Light Rye Sourdough
  • Champion Cake: Newcastle’s Pudding Lady for its Traditional Christmas Pudding
  • Champion Biscuit: Cacao Chocolates & Patisserie for its Raspberry Macaron
  • Champion Pastry: Wholegreen Bakery for its Gluten-Free Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll

Smallgoods & Charcuterie:

  • Champion Bacon: Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre for its Taylor’s Premium Streaky Bacon
  • Champion Ham: Sunshine Meats for its Double Smoked Bone-in Ham
  • Champion Salami Type Products: Papandrea Fine Foods for its Papandrea Cacciatore Fennel (Hot)
  • Champion Dried/Cured Products: Coles Supermarket, for its Coles Pancetta – Produced by Primo
  • Champion Other Charcuterie Products: Posh Foods Pty Ltd for its Posh Pate Pistachio & Brandy
  • Champion Fresh Sausage: Andrews Meat Industries for its Sausage Gourmet Lamb Merguez Thick

Specialty Foods:

  • Champion Sweet Preserve or Product: Springmount Fine Foods for its Gingered Quince Paste
  • Champion Savoury Preserve or Product: Spice Vine Pty Ltd for its Spice Vine – Coriander Zing – Marinade & Stir-fry Paste
  • Champion Spice, Pickled Product, or Vinegar: Rice Culture for its Organic Vintage Miso
  • Champion Other Specialty Product: Made by Kade for its Shroomi Burger
  • Champion Coffee: Not Awarded

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