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Entries for aquaculture comp open

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Entries for the 2019 Sydney Royal Aquaculture competition are now open and encouraging Australian Sydney Rock oyster and prawn producers to take the first step towards medal winning glory by entering now.

Established in 2001, the Sydney Royal Aquaculture competition, a highly regarded seafood competition in Australia, judges the best of the best in Australian aquaculture and will devote this year’s competitions to the growth of Australian oysters and prawns.

For the first time in the competition’s history, judging will be held live at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Friday 12 April, allowing Show patrons a glimpse into the Sydney Royal judging process for Sydney Rock oyster and Australian grown prawn classes.

Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee Chair, Lachlan Bowtell, says the public-facing event is a great opportunity to show what the Sydney Royal Fine Food awards are all about, “The competition will demonstrate the judging process under the strictest guidelines of any food competition in the country, it’s exciting to be a part of these awards, it’s not just a label on the product, there are strict standards to win our awards – not easy but well worth the effort,” Bowtell said.

Sydney Royal Aquaculture chair of judges, John Susman also alludes to the value these competitions provide through judges feedback, “As one of the fastest growing sectors in aquaculture, it is important that prawn farmers can rely on the Sydney Royal Aquaculture competition to provide them with a clear guide to the culinary performance of their crop”
“The prawn and oyster classes at Sydney Royal are judges by a group of leading industry experts, to a standard against which consumers, the trade and growers can all aspire to excellence.”

“With the major retailers in Australia now recognizing the value of an RAS medal in defining quality, the Sydney Royal is the benchmark of quality for farmed prawns and Sydney Rock oysters in Australia.”

Judging will take place April 12, with champion announcements on April 17 2019 at the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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