The quality of regional food was evident at the recent Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, where local producers were among the medal winners.
S&S Meats of Mudgee won gold for its Little Mudgee Smokehouse Bacon, silver for its chicken, sweet chilli and coriander sausages and bronze medals for its Little Mudgee Smokehouse ham and duck and blackberry sausages.
For the fourth year in a row, East Ridge Olives of Mudgee, won a gold medal for their extra virgin olive oil.
Phil and Amanda Carkagis of East Ridge Olives said the medal places the product as a leader in the fine food industry.
“As a small family operated grove with just 1000 trees in the beautiful area of the Central Tablelands in NSW, we are excited and proud to know that we are offering the highest quality fresh Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil to our customers,” Mrs Carkagis said.
Oliore Olive Oil of Gulgong won a silver medal for its Mudgee Gold Leccino extra virgin olive oil and bronze medals for its Mudgee Gold Hillside Blend and Mudgee Gold Frantoio.
Rylstone Olive Press of Rylstone won a silver medal for its Murray Darling Extra Virgin Olive Oil and bronze medals for its Cudgegong and Murrumbidgee olive oils.
Karrabool Olives extra virgin olive oil also won a bronze medal.
Gundooee Organics of Dunedoo won a bronze medal for its Organic Wagyu meat.
Hosted by the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW, the national competition aims to promote excellence in agriculture.
The winners were selected by a judging panel of industry specialists.
Sydney Royal Fine Food Show chairwoman Sally Evans said winning a Sydney Royal medal provides multiple marketing opportunities, locally and internationally.
“Sydney Royal is committed to fostering a competitive space that assesses, promotes and rewards Australian produce across a large number of categories, and this year’s show was no exception,” Mrs Evans said. “I encourage all Australians to look out for Sydney Royal medals and support these great Australian producers and their fantastic products.”