• Entries are now open for the annual Melbourne Royal Australian Food Awards. Open to commercial food producers of all sizes, it is one of the largest programs of its kind and has launched many successful food products and brands. 
    Entries are now open for the annual Melbourne Royal Australian Food Awards. Open to commercial food producers of all sizes, it is one of the largest programs of its kind and has launched many successful food products and brands. 
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Entries are now open for the annual Melbourne Royal Australian Food Awards. Open to commercial food producers of all sizes, it is one of the largest programs of its kind and has launched many successful food products and brands. 

This year there are three food categories: Preserves, Dairy, and Smallgoods. Other changes to the program include:

  • In response to current market trends and in collaboration with industry experts, we're introducing a brand-new category in Smallgoods. This category features six classes and will award the Champion Smallgoods Trophy;
  • this year the Awards will offer Champion Australian Small Producer, Champion Australian Large Producer, and Champion Victorian Producer trophies for each category (Dairy, Preserves, and Smallgoods); and
  • to align the competition with other Dairy competitions and the Grand Dairy Awards, the point scaling for Dairy medals has been adjusted.

Melbourne Royal CEO Brad Jenkins said the awards provide a benchmarking opportunity.

“Judged by highly respected judges in their specialty areas, the Melbourne Royal Australian Food Awards provide a unique and valuable opportunity for Australian food producers to have their products and produce benchmarked against their peers to improve quality and inspire innovation.

“Medal and trophy winners can leverage their success and market medal-winning products using the Melbourne Royal seal of excellence,” Jenkins said.

Full details of the categories and classes and how to enter the Awards can be found here

Entries close on Thursday 2 May, with judging to take place at Melbourne Showgrounds from Tuesday 25 June – Tuesday 2 July.

The Trophy Presentation will be held during the 2024 Melbourne Royal Show on Thursday 3 October.

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