The crème de la crème of Australian dairy products will be unearthed this week at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) happening at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Sixteen judges, led by renowned dairy expert Russell Smith, will spend the next four days tasting 422 entries in the Cheese and Dairy Produce Show presented by King Street and Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet Competition presented by King Street. The event will be taking place daily from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 May from 8.30am to 2pm.

The prestigious Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show (RQFWS) is dedicated to celebrating the nation’s finest produce and continues to unearth Australia’s top food, beer and wine products year after year. Since 2009, the RQFWS has been committed to supporting and showcasing Australian produce. From Australia’s finest beef to gelato, the RQFWS celebrates the best of the best. The entries this year in the Cheese and Dairy Produce section include 184 ice creams, gelatos and sorbets – the highest number the competition has seen since 2013.

Chief Judge Mr Smith said the large number of entries consolidated the competition as the premium in the Australian dairy industry. “I expect the quality of entries in the ice cream competition to be very high, so I’m sure our expert panel of judges will enjoy their week,” he said. “The exhibitors, judges and all those involved are excited about the competitions this year, especially after they were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.”

The judges will oversee 59 classes in cheese and dairy including eight in the non-cow’s milk section featuring camel, goat, buffalo and sheep milk products, along with 14 in ice cream, gelato and sorbet. Australia’s best cheese and ice cream, along with the RQFWS medal-winning beef and lamb, will be crowned at an awards presentation this Friday 21 May at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

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