7 Apples Gelato vies for Australia’s premier award

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The votes are in – St Kilda is home to one of Australia’s finest dairy products.

The prestigious 2016 Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced finalists across 20 categories with St Kilda’s own 7 Apples Salted Caramel Gelato earning a place in the top three of the Gelato category.

Now in its 17th year, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards is the grand final of dairy competitions in Australia, recognising and rewarding excellence and quality in Australian dairy produce. This year, more than 300 of Australia’s top dairy products were put through a rigorous judging process, assessed by 24 expert judges on flavour, aroma, texture, body and appearance.

“We’re delighted to receive the news that we’re a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards,” said Mark Mariotti, owner of 7 Apples Gelato.

“We have a really loyal customer following and it’s a real pat on the back to receive acknowledgement from our industry’s experts.”

Renowned dairy educators, Neil Willman and Russell Smith led a panel of esteemed judges including technical experts, flavour specialists, chefs and cheesemongers over two days of judging.

They were joined by ex-chef, food writer and founder of Melbourne Farmers’ Markets, Miranda Sharp, award-winning author and food writer Dani Valent and ex-Masterchef contestant, author and food personality Alice Zaslavsky who also donned the white judging coats to sample and judge the broad field of entries.

“The awards are a celebration of Australian dairy foods and their producers, they are the crème de la crème of dairy,” explains Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

“We’re thrilled with the diversity of finalists this year, from unique Middle Eastern and Indian style entries like Milk Badam – a refreshing cardamom and almond flavoured milk drink – to well-loved brands of quality butter and cream you’ll find on your supermarket shelf, our finalists are an excellent representation of what Australian dairy has to offer.”

The finalists now have an anxious wait until the exclusive awards ceremony in February 2016. Champions for all dairy categories will be announced at the event, with the highest scoring product across the dairy categories and highest scoring cheese, ultimately being crowned Grand Champions, earmarking them as the very best two products Australian dairy has to offer.

In the meantime, Amanda says: “I would encourage all Port Phillip Bay locals to get behind their home grown finalists this festive season and pick up one of Australia’s finest dairy products next time they’re shopping!”

To view the full list of 2016 Australian Grand Dairy Awards finalists visit: http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairy-foods/agda/2016-finalists

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