Beston Foods’ Edwards Crossing Vintage Cheddar has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
Praised for its full and strong flavour and a 36-month maturation period, Beston’s Edwards Crossing Vintage Cheddar won a gold medal at the South Australian state awards earlier in the year, to qualify for the national awards.
The Murray Bridge based company say they are thrilled at the nomination, down to the top three in the cheddar section competing against two Bega products.
“It’s very exciting! For us, it’s a great sense of achievement to be a finalist – it lets our cheesemakers know that they’re doing a really good job and it carries a sense of pride to be a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.” said master cheesemaker, Paul Connolly.
This year, over 400 products across 19 categories were critiqued and put to the taste-test by a 12-strong judging panel of cheese buyers, cheesemongers, chefs and technical experts, led by Chief Judge, Russell Smith, as well as US-based specialty cheese buyer, Mariah Christensen, and renowned Australian cheesemonger, Sonia Cousins.
“The Australian Grand Dairy Awards not only celebrate Australia’s finest dairy produce, but importantly, they acknowledge the achievements of the pioneering people, like Paul and his team at Beston Global Foods, who passionately dedicate their time to our industry,” said Alexandra Kury, Australian Grand Dairy Awards Convener, Dairy Australia.
“The calibre of this year’s entries is the best we’ve seen in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards’ 20-year history, which is a testament to the world-class dairy producers we have here in our own backyard.”
All locals are encouraged to get behind Beston Global Foods and other Aussie farmers by voting online for the People’s Choice Award.
The winners will be announced in February.