MELBOURNE | Another year, and time for another Australian Grand Dairy Awards. This year’s edition of the awards was held at Greenfields in Albert Park, and saw the, ahem, cream of the crop in dairy from across Australia converge to see who would take home the top gongs. Hosted by the ever cheerful and personable Alice Zaslavsky guests were treated to a wide array of some of the best dairy products in the country. Cheese, milk, yoghurt, cream, butter, ice-cream, you name it. Needless to say, we were all in cheese comas by the end of the night.
470 entries were received for this year’s awards, but only 20 products could be crowned winners and we can say, after trying all of the winning products, that the awards were well deserved. Favourites for us included the King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie, and the Milani House of Gelato Dark Chocolate Gelato, winners of the People’s Choice Award and Grand Champion Dairy Product Award respectively.
Here’s a full list of winners, most of which can be found at your local supermarkets. If you’re a fan of dairy, we highly recommend grabbing some of these products during your next grocery shop. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll be supporting Australian dairy farmers at the same time. We got to hear some of their stories during the night, and it was great to see real, passionate people being recognised for their work.
Category – Product – Producer
Fresh Unripened Cheese – Montefiore Trecce – Montefiore Cheese Australia
White Mould Cheese – King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie – Lion Dairy & Drinks-King Island
Semi-Hard & Eye Cheese – Heidi Farm Raclette – Lion Dairy & Drinks-Burnie
Cheddar Style Cheese – Bay of Fires Cheddar – Fowlers Cheese
Hard Cheese – Mil Lel Superior Parmesan Cheese – Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd (Warrnambool)
Blue Cheese – King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue – Lion Dairy & Drinks-King Island
Washed Rind/Mixed Rind Cheese – Emporium Selection Washed Rind – Unicorn Cheese
Flavoured Cheese – That’s Amore Cheese Diavoletti – That’s Amore Cheese
Goats & Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Prom Country Cheese Venus Blue – Prom Country Cheese
Natural Yoghurt – Mundella Greek Natural Yoghurt – Mundella Foods Pty Ltd
Flavoured Yoghurt – Sharma’s Kitchen Mango Lassi – Sharma’s Kitchen Pty Ltd
Ice Cream – Dooley’s Premium Chocolate Ice Cream – Dooley’s Ice Cream
Dairy Gelato – Milani House of Gelato Dark Chocolate – Milani House of Gelato
Dairy Dessert – House of Riz Traditional Greek Rice Pudding – House of Riz
Milk – Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Full Cream Milk – Maleny Dairies
Specialty White Dairy Drink – The Little Big Dairy Co Less Cream Milk – The Little Big Dairy Company
Flavoured Dairy Drink – Norco Real Iced Chocolate Ultimate – Norco Foods-Raleigh
Cream – Bannister Downs Double Cream – Bannister Downs Dairy Company
Butter or Butter Blend – Western Star Salted Butter – Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden
Dairy Dip – Paradise Beach Purveyors Pesto Swirl – Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd