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Celebrating the best of Australian Dairy - AGDA People's Choice Awards

What is your favourite Australian dairy category and product? Are you into ice cream (even in winter)? How about cream (on that apple pie)? Or flavoured milk (we love it)? Or exceptional cheeses (soft or hard or both?) Are you a discerning milk lover? Or are you like us at The World Loves Melbourne and love it all? 

You have a chance to vote for your favourite Australian dairy product in several categories for the annual Australian Grand Dairy Awards People's Choice Award! Why not get behind the products you love and cast your vote. There's a prize too up for grabs. When you vote you go into the draw to win a years' supply of cheese! How good is that! (My dream prize). Including some of the 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Award Champions! Delivered to your doorstep! One entry per person and here are the Terms and Conditions found here.

Voting closes for the People's Choice Awards on January 28th so please get your vote in soon!

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What's your favourite dairy product? Which product would you sample first from the array of some of the People's Choice nominees above? 

To get to the place of determining nominees for the People's Choice Awards expert judges tasted and tested over 400 of Australia's gold medal winning products (dream job is to be one of these judges tasting the 400 premium products!) and whittled them down to a shortlist of 54 finalists. It's over to the public now to determine Australia's People's Choice Champion! Help your favourite product rise to the top by giving it your vote!

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We can't get enough of Australian cheese. Hard or soft bring it on! 

Renowned dairy educators Russell Smith and Mark Livermore led a panel of technical experts, chefs, retailers and flavour specialists to assess presentation, texture, flavour and aroma to shortlist the top three in each class, crowning them the 2018 finalists.

“We are excited to announce the stellar line up of 2018 finalists. The awards celebrate quality and excellence in delicious dairy produce, but we also want to encourage Australians to take a moment to recognise the skills and dedication of the many people who craft these products,” says Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

“It’s incredible to think that the array of finalists - from spicy blue cheese to tangy passionfruit yoghurt and sweet fig and mascarpone gelato - all start with one amazing ingredient, quality Australian milk. These awards would not exist without the contribution of the passionate Australian dairy farmers who produce it.” Of course the judges don't determine the People's Choice Awards - that's up to the public!

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Grab some Australian dairy products for your picnic basket. Many are available at the supermarket or online and specialty retailers!

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The World Loves Melbourne is an avid fan of Australian Dairy and we have heard highly accredited judges at several events remark on how our dairy products are world class. We can hold our heads up high on the world stage. The People's Choice Awards celebrate the exceptional quality of Australian dairy. Many of these products we at The World Loves Melbourne consume in our daily lives. We are excited that even at the supermarket many of these products are available and that in recent years supermarkets have stepped up in terms of offering premium Australian dairy products. Often there's a gourmet cheese section in the supermarket, as well as premium ice cream, milk, yoghurt etc sections where consumers can grab their favourite products.

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Popular products in our household. Who to vote for?

Looking at the nominees for the People's Choice Awards, the World Loves Melbourne also sees it as a shopping list of all the things we want to try and experience! While we are familiar with many of the products we want to try them all! So we are going through the list and it's a great way to experience the best of the Australian dairy industry!

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Of course the People's Choice Awards are part of the overall Australian Grand Dairy Awards event coming up soon in February. This event is hugely anticipated and one of the favourite events of The World Loves Melbourne on the calendar. Judges, media and industry come together to celebrate the best of the best. This is a highly prestigious awards event for those who get nominated, let alone win an award. It's a night of feasting as the premium dairy products are beautifully showcased and can be sampled and experienced. Fascinating are the interviews with the winners who often thanks those involved in their success but also give insights into processes and some background.

Once again, what is your favourite dairy product? Why don't you join the fun and cast your vote from the listed nominees for this year's People's Choice Awards!

2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Finalists

Category Product Producer
Fresh Unripened Cheese Montefiore Trecce Montefiore Cheese
Montefiore Ovoline Montefiore Cheese
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Swiss Style Quark B.-d. Farm Paris Creek
White Mould King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie 500g Lion Dairy & Drinks
King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie 175g Lion Dairy & Drinks
Flinders Estate Ash Brie 200g Unicorn Cheese
Semi Hard & Eye Section28 Artisan Cheese Monforte Section28 Artisan Cheese
Dellendale Creamery Shadforth Tilsit Dellendale Creamery
Dellendale Creamery Churchill Rd Raclette Dellendale Creamery
Cheddar Cracker Barrel Vintage Gold Cheddar Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory
Edwards Crossing Cloth Bound Cheddar Beston Pure Foods
Bega Heritage Reserve Vintage Cheddar Bega Cheese
Hard Cheese Mil Lel Superior Parmesan Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory
La Vera Parmesan La Vera Fine Cheese Producers
Floridia Pecorino Floridia Cheese
Blue Cheese Berrys Creek Tarwin Blue Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese
Berrys Creek Mossvale Blue Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese
King Island Dairy Black Label Triple Cream Blue Lion Dairy & Drinks
Washed Rind/Mixed Rind Woombye Blackall Gold Washed Rind Woombye Cheese Company
Flinders Estate Washed Rind Log Unicorn Cheese
Milawa King River Gold The Milawa Cheese Company
Flavoured Cheese Barambah Organics Labna with Fennel and Sea Salt Barambah Organics
Section 28 Monte Diavolo Section 28 Artisan Cheeses
King Island Dairy Stokes Point Smoked Cheddar Lion Dairy & Drinks
Goats & Sheep’s Milk Cheese Berrys Creek Riverine Blue Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese
Meredith Dairy Chevre with Fresh Dill Meredith Dairy
Meredith Dairy Ashed Chevre Meredith Dairy
Natural Yoghurt Tamar Valley Greek Style All Natural Yoghurt Parmalat - Tamar Valley Dairy
Jalna Greek Natural Yoghurt Jalna Dairy Foods
Brownes Natural Traditional Yoghurt Brownes Dairy
Flavoured Yoghurt The Yoghurt Shop Passionately Passionfruit Yoghurt The Yoghurt Shop
Mundella Greek Honey Yoghurt Mundella Foods Pty Ltd
George's Authentic Greek Yoghurt Apple & Cinnamon The Natural Yoghurt Company
Ice Cream Gundowring Licorice Ice Cream Gundowring Fine Foods
Dooley's Lemon Curd Ice Cream Dooley's Ice Cream
The Melbourne Convention Centre Hazelnut Ice Cream The Melbourne Convention Centre
Dairy Gelato Pure Gelato Salted Pistachio Pure Gelato Enterprises Pty Ltd
Cow and the Moon Fig and Mascarpone Gelato

Cow and the Moon

Milani House of Gelato Milk Chocolate Milani House of Gelato
Milk Farmers Own Full Cream Milk Camperdown Dairy
Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Guernsey Non-Homogenised Full Cream Milk Maleny Dairies
South Coast Dairy Non-Homogenised Milk Berry Rural Co-Operative Society Ltd
Specialty White Dairy Drink Pauls Professional Cafe Crema Parmalat Australia Ltd-Lidcombe
Misty Mountain Farms Lactose Free Full Cream Jersey Milk Mungalli Creek Dairy Pty Ltd
Masters HiLo Lion Dairy & Drinks Bentley
Flavoured Dairy Drink Oak Chocolate Parmalat Australia-Harvey Fresh
The Coach House Dairy Coffee & Milk NuLac Foods Pty Ltd
Dare Iced Coffee Double Espresso Lion Dairy & Drinks-Malanda
Cream Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream Chobani Pty Ltd
Bulla Crème Fraîche Bulla Dairy Foods Pty Ltd
The Little Big Dairy Co Pure Double Cream The Little Big Dairy Company
Butter Western Star Original Salted Butter Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden
Western Star Chef’s Choice Unsalted Cultured Butter Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden
Beautifully Butterfully Salted Butter Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden