So what is the top dairy food in the country?
Well, according to the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, the Grand Champion Dairy Product in Australia for 2017 is the dark chocolate flavoured gelato from Milani House of Gelato in Queensland.
The Grand Champion Cheese is from Tasmania – the Raclette (a semi hard melting cheese) made by Heidi Farm.
For the first time in it’s 18 year history, the Awards included a People’s Choice category. 3500 consumers voted and the winner is also a cheese – the Black Label Double Brie by King Island Dairy.
Dairy Australia runs the Awards, and they are judged by a panel of 24 dairy experts.
The following is the list of Category winners for 2017;
Fresh Unripened Cheese
Montefiore Trecce Montefiore Cheese Australia
White Mould Cheese
King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie Lion Dairy & Drinks-King Island
Semi-Hard & Eye Cheese
Heidi Farm Raclette Lion Dairy & Drinks-Burnie
Cheddar Style Cheese
Bay of Fires Cheddar Fowlers Cheese
Mil Lel Superior Parmesan Cheese Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd (Warrnambool)
King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue Lion Dairy & Drinks-King Island
Washed Rind/Mixed Rind Cheese
Emporium Selection Washed Rind Snow Brand Australia
That’s Amore Cheese Diavoletti That’s Amore Cheese
Goats & Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Prom Country Cheese Venus Blue Prom Country Cheese
Mundella Greek Natural Yoghurt Mundella Foods Pty Ltd
Sharma’s Kitchen Mango Lassi Sharma’s Kitchen Pty Ltd
Dooley’s Premium Chocolate Ice Cream Dooley’s Ice Cream
Milani House of Gelato Dark Chocolate Milani House of Gelato
House of Riz Traditional Greek Rice Pudding House of Riz
Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Full Cream Milk Maleny Dairies
Specialty White Dairy Drink
The Little Big Dairy Co Less Cream Milk The Little Big Dairy Company
Flavoured Dairy Drink
Norco Real Iced Chocolate Ultimate Norco Foods-Raleigh
Bannister Downs Double Cream Bannister Downs Dairy Company
Butter or Butter Blend
Western Star Original Butter Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden
Paradise Beach Purveyors Pesto Swirl Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd