2013 Australian produce awards finalists

2013 ABC delicious. produce awards judging panel

“I encourage everyone to look at their own doorstep. These awards open up a lot of avenues for local producers to get their message to a local community. Great food is on your doorstep if you walk to your local farmers’ market.” Shannon Bennett

“The Produce Awards are important for all producers, as we encourage greater integrity in whole process, including sustainable farming practice, to get best the possible product. We need to get right behind our farmers and artisan producers. While we’re awarding certain products, we’re establishing benchmarks of excellence to encourage growers in other parts of the country to come up to that benchmark.” Christine Manfield

The 2013 ABC delicious. Produce Awards has marked its biggest year yet, receiving a record 3,110 nominations from around the country. A team of leading chefs from around the country have identified the stand-out producers that make up this year’s finalists.

“This year’s record number of nominations shows just how wholeheartedly our consumers have embraced the ethos behind the Produce Awards,” said delicious. magazine editor, Danielle Oppermann. “We all want to shop locally, know where our food comes from and support hardworking producers across regional Australia. With the help of our judging panel, made up of leading chefs and industry experts, we are bringing attention to outstanding products and exciting new ingredients. delicious. is proud to support and recognise those producers who are such an important part of our thriving food industry.”

The panel of national judges and industry experts have decided on the standouts in the four food categories – From the Earth, Dairy, Paddock and Sea – with a focus on quality and sustainability. Both primary producers and artisan producers working with their region’s best are recognised.

“These awards are so important, not just for the producers but for the public. The [produce submitted to this year’s awards has been the best yet,” said awards patron Maggie Beer.

Now in their 8th year, the delicious. Produce Awards encourage, showcase and reward Australian producers, building awareness of culinary regions and recognising seasonal food that is produced with integrity. The Produce Awards has received growing support from producers, chefs and readers, reinforcing the increased demand for world-class Australian produce.

The national judging panel comprises some of Australia’s most respected chefs: Maggie Beer (awards patron),

Alla Wolf Tasker (Lake House, Daylesford), Christine Manfield (Sydney), Guillaume Brahimi (Guillaume at Bennelong Sydney, Bistro Guillaume Melbourne) and Shannon Bennett (Vue de Monde & Bistro Vue Melbourne). Plus, joining delicious. food director Valli Little, a panel of industry experts new to this year’s awards – Simon Johnson (Simon Johnson Purveyor of Quality Foods), John Susman (Fishtales) and Colin Holt (Hudson Meats).

The winners of the 2013 delicious. Produce Awards were announced in the August issue of delicious. magazine, released on sale now.

2013 Produce Awards Finalists

FROM THE DAIRY

PRIMARY:

Barambah Organics (Pure Cream, All Natural Yoghurt), QLD
b.-d. Farm Paris Creek (Fresh Unsalted Butter), SA
Elgaar Farm (Full Cream Jersey Milk) TAS
Tongola Goat Products (Curdy) TAS

ARTISAN:

Cedar Street Cheeserie (Buffalo Haloumi), QLD
Pepe Saya (Handcrafted Salted Butter; Handcrafted Unsalted Butter), NSW
The Butter Factory Myrtleford (Soft Butter Curd; Cultured & Lightly Salted Butter), VIC
The Melbourne Pantry (Cold Smoked Yoghurt), VIC
Woodside Cheese Wrights (Monet), SA

FROM THE SEA

PRIMARY:

Cleanseas (Hiramasa Kingfish) SA
Kinkawooka Shellfish (Petit Bouchot Mussels), SA
Marine Produce Australia (Cone Bay Ocean Barramundi), WA
One Sea (Rottnest Island Scallops), WA
Palmers Island Mulloway (Mulloway), NSW
Seafoods Tasmania (Bay of Fires Uni (AAA-Grade Sea Urchin Roe)), TAS
Tathra Oysters (Tathra Oysters Bistro Grade), NSW
Yarra Valley Caviar (Autumn Harvest Caviar), VIC

ARTISAN:

No artisan sea products were selected by the judges to put through to the national judging.

FROM THE EARTH

PRIMARY:

ALTO Olives (ALTO Vividus Extra Virgin Olive Oil), NSW
Angelica Organic Farm (Red Rocambole Garlic), VIC
Barham Avocados (Reed Avocados), VIC
Capertee Valley Saffron (Saffron Threads), NSW
Cornucopia Farming (Agrumato Olive Oil), SA
Glenrowan Desert Limes (Australian Desert Limes), VIC
Kindred Organics (Organic Quinoa; Organic Rolled Oats), TAS
Kolophon Capers (Caper Berries), SA
Long Lane Capers (Caperberries; Capers), VIC
Moondarra Blueberries (Fresh Organic Blueberries), VIC
Nolans Road (Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Delicate), SA
Otway Forest Shiitake (Otway Supreme Shiitake), VIC
Pangkarra (Wholegrain Spaghetti; Wholegrain Durum Flour), SA
Patrice Newell’s Garlic (Purple Glamour Garlic), NSW
Rustlers Manjimup (Rustleberries), WA
Snowy River Station (Samphire; Beach Bananas) VIC
Tasmanian Black Garlic Company (Tasmanian Black Garlic), TAS
Tasmanian Natural Garlic (Green Spring Garlic), TAS
Yarra Valley Gourmet Greenhouse (Alpine Strawberries), VIC

ARTISAN:

Alligator Brand Fresh Pasta (Black Truffle Ravioli), VIC
Companion Bakery (Malted Barley Companion), TAS
dirt(y) inc (Kangaroo Island Pure Grain Red Nipper Lentils; Yorke Peninsula Pure Grain Kabuli Chickpeas), SA
Eden Valley Biodynamic Farm (Biodynamic Pasta Flour), WA
Liana Raine Artisan Pops (Apricot Cardamon Yoghurt Pop), NSW
LiraH (Sweet Chardonnay Vinegar; Sweet Apple Vinegar), QLD
Mount Zero Olives (Biodynamic French Style Green Lentils), VIC
Rustico (Pane Di Pasta Dura), SA
SWEETNESS The Patisserie (Lemon Meringue Tart), NSW

FROM THE PADDOCK

PRIMARY:

Backfatters Free Range Heritage Breed Pig Farm (Double Smoked Maple Cured Bacon, Free Range Heritage Breed Pork), QLD
Blackwood Valley Beef (Organic Grass-fed Aged Beef), WA
Bruny Island Food (Pork Pie), TAS
Burrawong Gaian (Pasture Raised Pekin Duck), NSW
Cherry Tree Organics (Grass-fed, Organic Beef), VIC
Dandaragan Organic Beef (Organic Beef), WA
FigTrees Organic Farms (Organic Milk & Pasture-fed Veal), NSW
Flinders Island Meat (Milk-fed Lamb), TAS
Goodwood Green (Welsh Black Cattle Grass-fed, Dry-aged Beef), NSW
Greenvale Farm (Heritage Breed Genuine Free-range Pork; Pasture Matured Dry Aged Jumbuck), VIC
Jonai Farms (Ethical Bacon), VIC
Mandagery Creek Australian Farmed Venison (Venison), NSW
Mayura Station (Full-blood Wagyu Beef), SA
Melanda Park (Free Range Pork), NSW
Moorlands Lamb (Biodynamic Lamb), NSW
Mount Gnomon Farm Dairy (Traditional Dairy Shorthorn Beef), TAS
Papanui Open Range Eggs (Open Range Eggs), NSW
Robbins Island Wagyu (Grass Fed Fullblood Wagyu), TAS
SchuAm Pork (Berkshire Pork), SA
Sher Wagyu (Sher Wagyu Blue Label Fullblood Wagyu), VIC
Siwa Fresh (Organic Grass-fed Hogget), QLD
The Farm House Margaret River (Arkady Lamb; Big Red Pork), WA
Warialda Belted Galloways (Bresaola; Grass-fed Beef), VIC

ARTISAN:

Piper Street Food Company (Traditional English Pork Pie; Pork Rillettes), VIC
Salumi Australia (Salsiccia Sarda), NSW
San Jose Smallgoods (Jamon – Black Berkshire Pig), SA

ABC LOCAL RADIO COMMUNITY AWARD

Emma Lupin, Taste Of The Top End, Darwin, NT
Nick Ray, Local Harvest, Footscray, VIC
The Wayside Chapel (Community Garden), Potts Point, NSW

OUTSTANDING FARMERS’ MARKET

Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market, Wayville, SA
Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market, Launceston, TAS
Koondrook Barham Farmers’ Market, Koondrook, VIC

Watch >> this video << for a behind-the-scenes look at national judging day.

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