Dairy entry delight for judges

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Judges have nibbled and licked their way through more than 300 entries in the 2013 IGA Perth Royal Show dairy competition.

Cheese, ice cream, milk drinks, cream, yoghurt and chocolate from WA and around the country were tasted and tested by nine judges over two days.

Canberra-based international cheese judge Russell Smith, who oversaw the judging of the competition, said the judges tasted some excellent products that were fine examples of their class.

"Interstate entries were again strong in the cheese classes with some goat's milk cheese from Tasmania being entered for the first time," he said.

Tasmania's King Island Dairy took out thechampion dairy product title with its Bass Strait Blue Cheese, also named champion bovine cheese and topping the blue mould ripened cheese category.

King Island Dairy's cheeses Stormy, Black Label Double Brie and Black Label Huxley also impressed the judges, as well as its white mould ripened cheese, Seal Bay Triple Cream, and firm cheese, Stokes Pointed Smoke Cheddar.

Oakford-based Borrello Cheese won the medal for best fresh unripened cheese with no added flavour for its bocconcini, while its Firm Australian Fetta Cheese was named best feta cheese with no added flavour.

In the unflavoured milk category, Brownes' Full Cream Milk impressed the judges to be named champion. WA's oldest dairy company also took out five first prizes, nine gold medals and 14 silver medals for products ranging from whipping cream and mature cheddar cheese, to Greek-style yoghurt and flavoured milk.

Brownes managing director Ben Purcell said the outstanding result was a tribute to the entire team.

"Our farmers work in difficult conditions and a testing market, to continually produce fresh, premium, WA milk of the highest quality," he said.

"It is incredibly rewarding to see that recognised."

Bannister Downs won the champion flavoured milk category for its Mango Smoothie.

When it came to ice cream, judges were faced with a range of new and interesting flavours.

Skoops Gelato Café won the champion ice cream/gelati sash for its Turkish Delight, while its Banana Split won the ice cream/gelati flavoured with real fruit category.

Cowaramup ice creamery Millers won the best vanilla ice cream/gelati award with its handmade product, Millers Vanilla.

York Ice Cream Co was also recognised for its gourmet entry, Liquorice.

In the yoghurt judging, Mundijong-based Mundella Foods won the champion medal for its Greek Vanilla Yoghurt, which also topped the category of yoghurt with more than three per cent fat with product other than real fruit.

2013 dairy competition *

· *Champion dairy product * - King Island Dairy, Bass Strait Blue

CHEESE *

·Champion cheese - King Island Dairy, Bass Strait Blue

·Champion bovine cheese - King Island Dairy, Bass Strait Blue

·Retail pack: mild cheddar cheese under six months - The Blue Cow Cheese Company, Blue Cow Capel Cheddar

·Retail pack: aged cheddar cheese six months and over - Brownes Dairy, Brownes Matured Cheddar

·Ricotta cheese - Borrello Cheese, Soft, Fresh Ricotta Cheese

·Fresh unripened cheese with no added flavour - Borrello Cheese, Bocconcini

·Feta cheese with no added flavour - Borrello Cheese, Firm Australian Fetta Cheese

·Feta cheese with added flavour - Mundella Foods, Sundried Tomato and Olive Feta

·White mould ripened cheese - King Island Dairy, Seal Bay Triple Cream

·Blue mould ripened cheese - King Island Dairy, Bass Strait Blue

·Bacterial surface ripened or smear ripened cheese - King Island Dairy, Stormy

·Ripened cheese with eye formation - Ha Ve Harvey Cheese, Tilsiter

·Soft cheese with added savoury flavour (excludes dips) - Ha Ve Harvey Cheese, Chilli Brie

·Soft cheese, dessert style, with added flavour - Borrello Cheese, Baked Ricotta

·Firm cheese other than feta, with added flavour - King Island Dairy, Stokes Point Smoked Cheddar

·Products made from other than cows milk - Lion Dairy and Drinks, South Cape Goats Feta

·Cheese varieties not included in classes 1 to 12, with no added flavour - Lion Dairy and Drinks, Mil Lel Superior Romano 10kg

PASTEURISED MILKS, UNFLAVOURED *

·Champion milk, unflavoured - Brownes Dairy (Brownes Full Cream Milk)

·Pasteurised while milk - Brownes Dairy (Brownes Full Cream Milk)

·Pasteurised modified milk, milk fat no more than 2 per cent - Lion Dairy & Drinks (Pura Tone)

·Modified milk beverage, with additives - Brownes Dairy (Brownes Calcium Plus Milk)

PASTEURISED MILKS, FLAVOURED *

·Champion milk, flavoured - Bannister Downs Dairy Company, Mango Smoothie

·Pasturised flavoured whole milk - Lion Dairy and Drinks, Dare Double Espresso

·Pasteurised flavoured modified milk, milk fat no more than 2 per cent - Bannister Downs Dairy Company, Mango Smoothie

YOGHURT *

·Champion yoghurt - Mundella Foods, Greek Vanilla Yoghurt

·Yoghurt with no added flavour - Mundella Foods, Greek Natural Pot Set Yoghurt

·Yoghurt with more than 3 per cent fat, with only real fruit - Mundella Foods, Choc Cherry Delight Greek Yoghurt

·Yoghurt with more than 3 per cent fat, with product other than only real fruit - Mundella Foods, Greek Vanilla Yoghurt

·Yoghurt with less than 3 per cent fat, with only real fruit - Brownes Dairy, Brownes Deluxe Mango Passion Yoghurt

·Yoghurt with less than 3 per cent fat, with product other than only real fruit - Brownes Dairy, Brownes Deluxe Vanilla Yoghurt

ICE CREAM *

·Champion ice cream/gelati - Skoops Gelato Café, Turkish Delight

·Vanilla ice cream/gelati - Millers Ice Cream, Millers Vanilla

·Ice cream/gelati flavoured with real fruit - Skoops Gelato Café, Banana Split

·Ice cream/gelati flavoured with products other than real fruit or solely vanilla - Skoops Gelato Café, Turkish Delight

·Ice cream/gelati gourmet style, flavoured with real fruit - RedSpoon, Banana and Maple Syrup Gelato

·Ice cream/gelati gourmet style, flavoured must include chocolate - Azzura Gelati, Azzura Chocolate Truffle

·Ice cream/gelati gourmet style, not solely vanilla - York Ice Cream Co, Liquorice

CHOCOLATE *

·Champion chocolate - Nakamura Chocolates, Roasted Wattle Seed and Macadamia Nut

·Milk chocolate block with inclusions - The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Macadamia Gourmet Bar

·Dark chocolate block with inclusions - The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Mint Crystals Gourmet Bar

·Milk individual chocolates - Nakamura Chocolates, Jarrah Honey and Coastal Rosemary

·Dark individual chocolates - Nakamura Chocolates, Forrest Mint and Mango

·Individual chocolates, moulded shell milk - Nakamura Chocolates, Roasted Wattle Seed and Macadamia Nut

·Individual chocolates, moulded shell dark - Nakamura Chocolates, Lemon Myrtle and Eucalyptus

·Filled truffle shells, milk - The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Green Tea Truffle

·Filled truffle shells, dark - The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Dark Ginger Truffle

·Boxed chocolates - The Margaret River Chocolate Company

·Chocolate show piece - Fremantle Chocolate, Mad Hatter's Tea Party

OTHER PRODUCTS *

·Champion other product - Azzura Gelati, Azzura Zuppa Inglese

·UHT milk, unflavoured - Harvey Fresh, UHT Full Cream Milk

·Cultured dairy beverage - Mundella Foods, Buttermilk

·Pasteurised cream - Brownes Dairy, Brownes Whipping Cream

·Non-frozen dairy dessert - The Blue Cow Cheese Company, Blue Cow Chocolate Mousse

·Frozen dairy dessert - Azzura Gelati, Azzura Zuppa Inglese

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