Regional food producers among the very best

27/10/2018 Posted by admin

WIN: Elle Brown and Dylan Abdoo of Newcastle Greens. Picture: Simone De PeakTiliaris Lovedale Limes has been one of the Hunter Valley’s best-kept secrets –until now.

Loved by chefs for their quality organic finger limes, the Rothbury business has just been named a state winner in the 2018delicious.Produce Awards.

Now in its13th year, thedelicious.Produce Awards shine the light on new and native products, as well as consistently outstanding producers who are often the unsung heroes behind great chefs and a great meal.

Theawards are a celebration of Australia’s ethical, sustainable and innovative ingredients and the passionate, talented people behind them, as nominated by the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs. There are four categories:Dairy,Paddock,SeaandEarth.

Newcastle Greens won anaward for its Calvin Lamborn Snap Green Varietals;Bungwahl’s Burraduc Farm for its Buffalo Mozzarella; and Little Hill Farm for its Pasture-Raised Joyce’s Heritage Gold Chicken. Merriwa’s Papanui Open Range Eggs got a nod and, a little further afield, so did Port Macquarie’s Near River Produce Pasture Raised Rare Breed Pork.

HAPPY: Kelly Eaton, of Little Hill Farm. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Rhoades-Brown, of Pokolbin’s Muse Restaurant, was on the NSW judging panel alongside Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, Bronte and The Farm at Byron Bay),James Viles (Biota Dining & Rooms),Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar)andDanielle Alvarez (Fred’s).

The state winners’ produce will beblind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners, revealed at a special event in Sydney on August 13.

“Each year our state judging panels sit around tables across the country and taste their way through hundreds of nominations, debating the most worthy winners for their state,” delicious.editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum says.

“In 2018 we continue to celebrate new, innovative, native and consistently outstanding Australian ingredients grown, caught, sourced or produced with dedication, passion, knowledge and regard for the environment.”

NSW judge Darren Robertson: “I was really happy to join the NSW state judging this year. I have long been an admirer of thedelicious.Produce Awards and the work they do in highlighting the important role our producers play in making the Australian food industry the world-leading industry it is. We tasted some incredible cheeses, new vegies with so much flavour and amazing seafood too.”

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