Australia’s finest dairy producers are celebrating being finalists for Australia’s premier dairy accolade, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champion title.
Now in its 17th year, the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Awards are the grand final of dairy competitions.
They recognise and reward excellence and quality in Australian dairy produce.
Australia’s top dairy products were put through a rigorous judging process, assessed by 24 expert judges on flavour, aroma, texture, body and appearance.
Sixty products were revealed as champion finalists from more than 300 products from around the country.
Renowned dairy educators Neil Willman and Russell Smith led a panel of judges including technical experts, flavour specialists, chefs and cheesemongers in two days of judging.
They were joined by ex-chef, food writer and founder of Melbourne Farmers Markets, Miranda Sharp; award-winning author and food writer Dani Valent; and ex-MasterChef contestant, author and food personality Alice Zaslavsky.
‘‘The awards are a celebration of Australian dairy foods and their producers, they are the crème de la crème of dairy,’’ Australian Grand Dairy Awards convenor Amanda Menegazzo said.
‘‘We are thrilled with the diversity of finalists this year, from unique Indian and Middle Eastern-style entries like Milk Badam, a refreshing cardamom and almond-flavoured milk drink, to well-loved brands of quality butter and cream you will find on your supermarket shelf.
‘‘Our finalists are an excellent representation of what Australian dairy has to offer,’’ Ms Menegazzo said.
The category champions will be announced during a ceremony in February.
The champions will be recognised alongside the highest scoring product from the overall dairy and cheese categories.
These products will be crowned the prestigious grand champions, the very best two products Australian dairy has to offer.