Australia’s best dairy products put to the taste test

The crème de la crème of Australian dairy products will be unearthed this week, with judging for the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) getting underway at the Brisbane Showgrounds today.

Sixteen judges, led by renowned dairy expert Russell Smith, will spend the next four days tasting 422 entries in the Cheese and Dairy Produce Show presented by King Street and Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet Competition presented by King Street.

The entries include 184 ice creams, gelatos and sorbets – the highest number the competition has seen since 2013. 

Chief Judge Mr Smith said the large number of entries consolidated the competition as the premium in the Australian dairy industry.

“I expect the quality of entries in the ice cream competition to be very high, so I’m sure our expert panel of judges will enjoy their week,” he said.

“The exhibitors, judges and all those involved are excited about the competitions this year, especially after they were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.”

The judges will oversee 59 classes in cheese and dairy including eight in the non-cow’s milk section featuring camel, goat, buffalo and sheep milk products, along with 14 in ice cream, gelato and sorbet.

Australia’s best cheese and ice cream, along with the RQFWS medal-winning beef and lamb, will be crowned at an awards presentation this Friday 21 May at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

WHAT: RQFWS Cheese and Dairy Produce Show presented by King Street and Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet Competition presented by King Street judging

WHEN: Monday 17 to Thursday 20 May from 8.30am to 2pm

WHERE: Ernest Baynes Dining Room – Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

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