Far South Coast oysters have once again wowed judges at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.
Tathra Oysters continued its stellar run on growing gold medal produce, being named the Champion Sydney Rock Oyster Exhibit at the awards.
Even more impressive, it also picked up Champion Aquaculture Product across all 27 classes being judged.
However, Merimbula and Pambula oyster farmers also stepped up to the plate and came away with a number of impressive awards.
Stirling Oysters in Merimbula Lake received a gold award for its Sydney Rock Oysters and came in only one point behind Tathra Oysters.
Stirling Cullenward of Stirling Oysters only put one entry into the competition so was very happy to find out he had come away with gold medal oysters.
“This is the second consecutive year that I have entered the Royal Fine Food Show and received a gold award, it would be nice to dethrone Tathra Oysters one year and win a Champion but I’m still really pleased with gold.”
Sapphire Oysters in Millingandi also earned a gold, silver and a bronze award for its Sydney Rock Oysters.
The owner of Sapphire Oysters, Ian Neilson, said it was the first time he had entered the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show so he wasn’t sure what to expect.
“It has been a bit of a learning curve, you have to nominate what you want to enter three months out, but when it came to harvesting I found that my best oysters were in a category I hadn’t nominated so I couldn’t enter them,” Mr Neilson said.
“I’m still very happy with the result.”
Other local silver and bronze award winners include: Superior Oysters in Merimbula; Mills Oysters in Merimbula; Pambula’s Southerncross Oysters; Hazelgrove Oysters in Pambula; Black Bull Pastoral company in Pambula; Merimbula Gourmet Oysters; Two Blokes Food of Tura Beach and Broadwater Oysters in Pambula.
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