Friday, 30 November 2012

say cheeeeese

As heard on FBi Radio

...well, more than that: say DAIRY. This week, the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards were announced (yes, it exists). A competition seeking to celebrate stellar Australian dairy produce, this year's line up included 153 cheese and 246 dairy products up for the judging (imagine being a judge on THAT panel!).

Now in it's 14th year of competition, the judges look for products that represent the highest achievements in terms of quality, taste and technique...and so that you can go out and try some award winning dairy for yourself, here are some of the notable winners:

The 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Grand Champion of Cheese
Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Tasmania)

The head judges labeled this one a winner because of the level of skill involved in producing a textbook perfect example of this Emmental, or Swiss style of cheese. Tasmanian Heritage St Claire have been honing their craft in Tasmanian since 1955, when some Swiss cheese makers were invited to bring their wares to Tasmania...and discovered the environment was perfect for making award winning cheeses.

More cheese? Why not!

2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Grand Champion Dairy Product
Bulla Premium Sour Cream, Bulla Dairy Foods (Victoria)

Unctuous, silky and almost like a double cream in terms of it's luxurious texture, this baby beat 245 other dairy products to win grand champion. A winner over the past several years, its balance of taste and texture makes it perfect for anything from Tex Mex to desserts and even caviar on toast.

Read more about it here.

2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Grand Champion Cheddar
Pyengana Cheddar, Pyengana Dairy (Tasmania)

A recent trip to Tasmania was not without its just (dairy) desserts. If you're a cheese fiend, a trip to Pyengana, should you be on the east coast of Tasmania, is a must. Aside from incredible milkshakes and one kick ass cheese on toast with house made tomato relish at the farmgate, their sole dedication to making only cheddar has paid off. An English-style cheddar, made by the Healey family, who have been rearing dairy cattle and making cheese for over 100 years, it's tangy, nutty and that perfectly crumbly texture that makes cheddar such a wonderful cheese.

Visit their website, here.

Blessed are the cheesemakers, indeed.

For more information about the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards and the heavy hitters in each category, click here.