The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) awarded the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) house made vanilla yoghurt the champion trophy at a presentation lunch at the Royal Melbourne Show on Tuesday.
MCEC’s vanilla creation was the overall winner coming up against the cream of the crop including Bulla Dairy Foods and King Island Dairy and beating almost 30 yoghurt entries across Australia.
MCEC’s Executive Chef Tony Panetta said: “I’m incredibly proud of our skilled kitchen team and their ability to create produce that has stood out amongst really tough competition at the Royal Melbourne Show.
“These awards acknowledge some of the best producers around the country and we’re thrilled to be included in this list.”
This year the team were awarded seven medals, including four gold, for their ice cream, sorbet, labna and yoghurt that were created using ingredients from local Victorian suppliers.
MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said: “It’s unique for a business events venue to take out awards like these and our kitchen team should be congratulated on such a huge achievement, not only for our medals wins but also bringing home the champion yoghurt trophy.
“Visitors from around the world, many who have not travelled to Melbourne before, get to experience a true taste of Victoria at MCEC and these awards help put Victorian produce on a global stage.”
Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the 2012 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards received almost 1000 entries from 225 exhibitors across Australia, ranging from larger commercial brands to smaller farmers and producers.
MCEC’s vanilla yoghurt is now eligible for the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards and winners will be announced in November.