It’s time to make some room in your fridge and freezer, the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2018 Champions, revealing the top 18 dairy products in Australia.
Melbourne’s Montefiore Cheese caught the eye (nose and tastebuds) of the judges, with the cheesemaker taking out the 2018 Grand Champion Cheese with its soft and sweet Ovoline.
The 2018 Grand Champion Dairy Product was scooped up by Sydney based Pure Gelato, for its deliciously nutty Salted Pistachio Gelato, which expert judges commended for its superb texture and rich pistachio flavour accentuated by a hint of salt.
The awards consumer judging panel agreed, voting this gelato as their pick of the bunch.
For the second year running the Australian public were also invited to vote for their favourite Australian dairy product in the People’s Choice Award.
More than 13,179 votes were cast to reveal The Yoghurt Shop Passionately Passionfruit Yoghurt as the 2018 People’s Choice Award winner.
Now in its 19th year, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards recognises and rewards Australia’s top producers and their expert craftsmanship across 18 product categories.
In a rigorous judging process, 22 dairy experts sampled hundreds of gold medal-winning products to crown their Champions.
Flavoursome cheeses, sensational ice creams, luscious milks and velvety yoghurts, among other products, were thoroughly assessed for flavour, aroma, texture, body and appearance.
The coveted list of Champions includes dairy producers big and small.
From the herbaceous Monte Diavolo by 3-year-old Section 28 Artisan Cheese out of Adelaide Hills, to Western Star’s much-loved butter churned from a 90-year history in Western Victoria, young and old alike rose to the top of the Champions list.
Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards said: “The awards are the crème de la crème of dairy and a fantastic opportunity for local farmers and producers to be recognised on a national scale for their talent, hard work and making a positive contribution to the dairy industry.
“The calibre of our 2018 Champion products is testament to our dedicated dairy producers and the one incredible ingredient all these products have in common – Australian milk.
"Keep your eyes peeled for our blue and gold Champion and Grand Champion medal on packaging and experience Australia’s finest.”
Established in 1999, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards are Australia’s most prestigious national dairy awards and the highest accolade for Australian dairy producers.
To view the full list of 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions and Grand Champions visit: http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairyawards.
2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions
Fresh Unripened Cheese: Montefiore Ovoline, Montefiore Cheese.
White Mould Cheese: King Island Dairy. Discovery Ash Brie 175g, Lion Dairy & Drinks-King Island.
Semi Hard/Eye Cheese:Section28 Monforte,
Section28 Artisan Cheeses.
Cheddar Cheese: Bega Heritage Reserve Vintage Cheddar, Bega Cheese.
Hard Cheese: Mil Lel Superior Parmesan, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.
Blue Cheese: Berrys Creek Tarwin Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese.
Washed Rind/Mixed Rind Cheese: Woombye Blackall Gold Washed Rind, Woombye Cheese Company.
Flavoured Cheese: Section 28 Monte Diavolo, Section 28 Artisan Cheeses.
Goat’s/Sheep’s/Buffalo Milk Cheese: Berrys Creek Riverine Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese.
Natural Yoghurt: Jalna Greek Natural Yoghurt, Jalna Dairy Foods.
Flavoured Yoghurt: Mundella Greek Honey Yoghurt, Mundella Foods.
Ice Cream: Gundowring Licorice Ice Cream, Gundowring Fine Foods.
Dairy Gelato: Pure Gelato Salted Pistachio, Pure Gelato.
Milk: Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Guernsey Non-Homogenised Full Cream Milk, Maleny Dairies.
Specialty White Dairy Drink: Masters HiLo, Lion Dairy & Drinks-Bentley.
Flavoured Dairy Drink: Dare Iced Coffee Double Espresso, Lion Dairy & Drinks-Malanda.
Cream: The Little Big Dairy Co Pure Double Cream, The Little Big Dairy Company.
Butter, Flavoured Butter or Butter Blend: Western Star Chef’s Choice Unsalted Cultured Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust)-Cobden.