VICTORIAN olive producers have triumphed at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, winning 76 medals.
Organisers said a bumper crop boosted entry numbers to 144 from 54 producers across Australia.
Judges awarded 116 medals: 17 gold, 41 silver and 58 bronze.
The top performing Victorian producer in the table olives category was Saluté Oliva, of Boort.
The boutique business operated by Peter and Marlies Eicher, was awarded three medals for its table olives – kalamata (gold), manzanillo (silver) and semi-dried manzanillo olives (silver) – and a silver medal for its extra virgin olive oil.
Last year’s Champion Boutique Class Oil producer Lisadurne Hill, of Rushworth, was awarded a gold medal for the second consecutive year, for its hojiblanca extra virgin olive oil.
Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Mark O’Sullivan said the awards, which are hosted by the RASV, promoted and celebrated excellence across the fine food industry, recognising boutique producers, regional specialists and commercial manufacturers.
“All entrants benefit from industry insight and benchmarking from high calibre judges, providing medal winners a valuable opportunity to promote and market products under the awards’ seal of quality and excellence,” he said.
Trophy winners will be announced on September 23, as part of the Royal Melbourne Show.
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