South Coast Cheese wins at Melbourne Fine Food Awards

THE medals and awards from Australia’s top food shows and judges keeping flowing for the team at South Coast Cheese and the ABC Cheese Factory at Central Tilba.

The team from South Coast Cheese recently won four awards in the Dairy category at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA), Australia’s premium fine food event conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).

There was a gold medal for South Coast Cheese Haloumi and Real Tilba Milk Low Fat Milk, while silver medals went to both the Full Cream Milk and Double Cream.

With Nic Dibden concentrating on a quality product coming from the dairy and Erica Dibden running product and sales at the factory, it was exciting to see the effort put in to creating an award winning product is being recognised, office manager Christine Montague said.

“Troy Charnock the factory’s cheese maker is particularly thrilled with the way the haloumi has been received in the marketplace, and this award is very exciting.”

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the judging panel were impressed with the calibre of entries received for this year’s Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.

“The quality and number of entries received for the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards Spring Program continues to grow and this year was no exception.”

The Dairy category received the highest number of entries with 304 exhibits received across all classes including butter, cheese, yoghurt, cream and milk.

The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards allows medal winners differentiation in their sectors by using the medal seal of quality and excellence and the opportunity to showcase their products to consumers at the Royal Melbourne Show and buyers and retailers at the RMFFA Buyers Tasting.

The wins at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards come on the heels of the wins at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year.

Three of their products scored medals at this year’s Royal Show: a gold medal for their Persian Fetta, a silver for their full cream Real Tilba Milk and another silver for their Three Udders Brie.

ABC Cheese Factory head cheese maker Troy Charnock and owner Erica Dibden are constantly putting their heads together to come up with new ideas and products.

Their most recent product is a Jersey cream dip that is a delicious accompaniment to crackers or that can even be spread on bread, including the amazing Honor Bread that is baked in Bermagui and available fresh in the factory a few days each week.

Another new product while in limited production but sure to catch the eye is the truffle butter made in conjunction with and flavoured by Turalla Truffles from Bungendore.

The products meanwhile are reaching more and more people as the staff head out to various markets.

In addition to the SAGE markets at Moruya on Tuesdays and the Epic Saturday market in Canberra, the guys are now also going up to Ulladulla on Thursday to the recently introduced Gaia Farmers Market.

Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis rang the bell to open Ulladulla’s first Gaia Farmers Market on July 9.

The market, selling local produce, will be held from 2pm until 5pm every Thursday in the Ulladulla Civic Centre grounds.

South Coast Cheese and Real Tilba Milk meanwhile can be found in specialty shops and IGA supermarkets around the South Coast.

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