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Awards

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Throughout Australia and overseas, Australian cheeses are consistently winning coveted awards for exceptional quality produce. Make sure you try some award winning cheeses.

Australian Competitions

There are several national, state and regional cheese and dairy produce competitions that award quality produce.

Australian Grand Dairy Awards

Winning an Australian Grand Dairy Award is the ultimate accolade in the Australian dairy industry, as this competition showcases the ‘best of the best’.

To be eligible to enter the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, products must be awarded gold in one of a number of nominated competitions throughout the year (including those listed below).

This competition is run by Dairy Australia. To learn more visit their site: Australian Grand Dairy Awards

Try some Grand Dairy Award winning cheeses!

Year Award Brand & Product Class AGDA
2012 Champion Trophy King Island Dairy Stormy Washed Rind
King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue Blue
Tasmanian Heritage Signature Camembert White Mould
Tasmanian Heritage St Claire Semi hard and eye

Dairy Industry Association of Australia State Awards

The Dairy Industry Association Australia (DIAA) is the industry’s professional organisation of members from all areas of the dairy industry including scientific research, marketing, product development, technology and promotion.

The DIAA hosts annual State and national dairy competitions that are based on the entries’ technical merit and are judged by industry experts selected for their specific dairy product knowledge.

Visit the site here: Dairy Industry Association of Australia

Try some DIAA Award winning cheeses!

Year Award Brand & Product Class DIAA
2012 Gold Mil Lel Superior Parmesan Very Hard Cheese
South Cape Tasmanian Fetta (Basil Pesto) Fetta Cheese Natural (Oil Free)
King Island Dairy Stormy Cheese, Smear Ripened or Washed Rind
King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie Cheese, White Mould Ripened - Brie Style
King Island Dairy Seal Bay Triple Cream Brie
Tasmanian Heritage Red Square Mixed Rind
King Island Dairy Black Label Loorana Brie

Royal Agricultural Society Shows

In most states of Australia, there are long-standing dairy awards run by each Royal Agricultural Society, often linked to the Royal Shows.

Each award system is run independently and focuses on the technical qualities of product entrants.

Gold medallists in these awards are eligible to compete in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

Try these Royal Sydney Show Award winning cheeses!

Year Award Brand & Product Class RSS
2012 Champion Trophy King Island Dairy Black Label Cloth Matured Cheddar Champion Cheddar Cheese
King Island Dairy Black Label Cloth Matured Cheddar Champion Bovine Cheese
King Island Dairy Black Label Cloth Matured Cheddar Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual Trophy

Australian Specialist Cheese Awards

Run by the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association these awards for specialty cheese producers are held in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Champions are eligible to enter the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

Visit the site here: Australian Specialist Cheese Awards (Sydney & Melbourne)


International Competitions

Wisconsin World Cheese Championship Contest

The World Cheese Championship Contest is held biannually in Wisconsin, USA and attracts around 2000 entrants from over 20 nations, making it the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world.

Visit the site here: World Cheese Championship Contest

Try a World Cheese Championship Award winning cheese!

Year Award Brand & Product Class WWCC
2012 Best in Class Tasmanian Heritage White Pearl Camembert and other surface ripened cheeses

World Cheese Awards

Run by the Guild of Fine Food in the UK, the World Cheese Awards are held in conjunction with SHOP, Ireland’s largest retail food and drink trade show.

Visit the site here: World Cheese Awards