Events

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2016 results

Congratulations to everyone who entered the third Fine Food Awards Fresh Garlic Competition. There were 40 entries in total and some really beautiful, high quality garlic. Many AGIA members were included amongst the medal winners. The winners are listed below, just click on Read more below right. There is also a report of how the judging took place and what the judges were looking for.

 

The picture shows judges Trevor Gray and George Biron, still smiling after tasting 40 different raw garlics

Garlic Festivals

The Koonya Garlic Festival is on Saturday 27 February 2016. It is a one day celebration of garlic through community produce, food & drink, music and educational talks.
This is THE PLACE to trade or buy garlic, garlic breath or garlic tales.
11am - 6pm, Koonya Hall, Tasman Peninsula
Entrance Fee: $2 adults & children free

For more information go to http://www.koonyagarlicfestival.com/

The Gippsland Garlic Festival has been postponed until next year.  For more information go to http://gippslandgarlicfestival.com.au/

 

Enter your garlic in the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards

Entries are now open for the garlic competition which is organised as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards
Commercial garlic growers can enter their products into competition classes for:

·         Hard neck garlic
·         Soft neck garlic
·         Organic hard neck garlic
·         Organic soft neck garlic

Key Dates

Entries Close: Friday 22 January 2016
Delivery Dates: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Judging Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016

Entry Fee: $60 (online)    $65 (paper). For more information and entry booklet go to http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMFF_Home/RMFF_Entries/RMFF_Publications/

The entry booklet contains all of the information you require in regards to competition classes, entry fees, open and close dates, judging dates and on how we judge.

What the 2015 and 2014 trophy winners say
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Award Medals and Trophies make a genuine difference to selling and marketing my business. These awards are well respected and recognised in the industry and have helped me get extra in selling price because of the medals. Letitia Ware, Tasmanian Gourmet Garlic

We entered the RMFFA to gauge the quality of our garlic compared to other garlic being grown in Australia. Winning a gold medal and champion trophy means that we have confirmed we are growing our garlic in the right way. We feel more confident in what we are doing and how we are doing it. Neroli Hadfield, Ontos Farm

Why you should enter
Entering your product into the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards provides your business with the opportunity to:
·         Benchmark your products against industry standards;
·         Receive feedback from independent industry experts;
·         Market your product with a seal of quality;
·         Promote your products through the Royal Melbourne Show and associated events of the RASV.

How to enter
There are four simple steps to enter the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards:
·         Read through the enclosed competition schedule and the categories you can enter product into;
·         Complete the entry form online and arrange payment for your entries or;
·         Send your entry form into the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards;
·         Wait for confirmation of your entries and for your product delivery instructions;
·         Deliver the product to the Melbourne Showgrounds by the due date.

 For further information on the competition contact Ross Karavis on 03 9281 7435.

 

Garlic Season Launch, How did it go?

Danielle Green MP - Member for Yan Yean, Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, officially launched the 2015-2016 garlic season at 11am on Saturday at the South Melbourne Market. She spoke about the importance of garlic in cooking and for health, and how consumers should buy Australian Garlic. She then met growers and Georgie and Michael from Georgie's Harvest and went on a tour of The Market and finished up eating beautiful baked green garlic at Claypots. Thank you Danielle for coming to our Garlic Season Launch. The picture show AGIA Chairman, Leon Trembath next to Danielle Green and Georgie Dragwidge from Georgie's Harvest.

As part of the Launch four different AGIA growers had their garlic for sale at Georgie's Harvest and featured in dishes at one of the local restaurants. Read more for more information and to look at all the pictures.

Garlic Season Launch

The Australian Garlic Industry Association (AGIA) is proud to announce the launch of the 2015-2016 garlic season. The Australian Garlic Industry is a re-emerging sector in Australian agriculture. It was all but destroyed in the 90s by the import of cheap Chinese garlic with the majority of farmers either leaving agriculture or moving into other crops.  The last five years has seen a resurgence in the number of garlic growers and Australian growers are now producing 17% of our domestic supply.

We think this is worth celebrating and we are delighted that Danielle Green, Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, will be officially launching the 2015-2016 garlic season at 11am on Saturday 5th of December at the South Melbourne Market.

But that is only the beginning of a weekend of celebration of the greatness of garlic. For the 5th and 6th of December from 9-3 there will be garlic plaiting demonstrations as well as a diverse crop of garlic for tasting and purchase from Georgie’s Harvest. Visitors will also be able to dine on garlic themed dishes available from the Market restaurants: Claypots Evening Star, Koy, Simply Spanish and Paco y Lola; and discover how garlic can be used in so many different ways and in so many different cuisines. Penny Woodward, author, organic gardener and garlic expert will be present with her book ‘Garlic, An organic guide to knowing growing and using garlic’ described by gardening legend Peter Cundall as “the best book I have ever read anywhere in the world on garlic”

Four of the AGIA’s growers will be providing their garlic, highlighting the fantastic variety of garlic available in Australia. These are just a taste of what can be found, but come along to try Liz Dubin's from Pokolbin Purple’s Italian Pink, Sam and Connie Ruberto from Farm Fresh’s Italian Purple, John Olliff from Freshwater Creek’s Italian Late and Peter and Nancy Hackett from Tooley Garlic’s Australian Red.
Click on read more to see the flyers for each of the growers and their garlics supplied for sale this year.

The photo is of last years launch, L to R Kirsten, Georgie, Leon, Penny and Cathy

Orange Garlic Festival

With harvest in full swing in many states plans for festivals and launches are in being put in place all over Australia. If you are in Orange, NSW, or in the general environs then a visit to the Orange Garlic Harvest Festival is a must. It is on Saturday 5th of December from 11am at The Lakehouse, Lake Canobolas. AGIA member Bee Smith from The Garlic Smith says there will be garlic and garlic braids for sale, garlic inspired food, Canobolas-Smith wines, music and a garlic growing workshop. It's been a fantastic event for the last two years and likely to be even better this year. The workshops will be run by the very knowledgeable and experienced garlic grower Jocelyn Colleran (another AGIA member). Her first session covers bed preparation, when to plant, selecting and preparing planting stock, planting the cloves, weed control, growing stages and appropriate care. While the second session is about harvesting and beyond with harvest timing, tips and techniques, sizing and sorting, curing and storage, grading and value adding, flavour chemistry and culinary use. For bookings and more information contact info@thegarlicsmith.com or 0417 089 596

 

Seminar 2015

Over 100 garlic growers and enthusiasts attended the 2015 Garlic Seminar. Comments in feedback forms ranged from 'The conference was well managed, friendly and very well targeted to the audience. The audience came together as a very good “user group” and went away feeling very positive about the future of garlic in Australia and their own future.' to 'it was an terrific weekend, the AGIA has taken incredible steps ..... and we are so pleased we re-joined and attended.'

Topics covered were well-tailored to the needs of growers both big and small and included Making Your business more profitable, predictacle and reliable;  Growing Garlic, Scaling up and investment decisions; Garlic groups and cultivars with an emphasis on harvesting, storage and taste; Understanding and preparing garlic for the wholesale market; Cultivating garlic from bulbils; Understanding and soil and plant tissue testing; Garlic pests, diseases and viruses and Curing and storing garlic. Jonathon Hart, from one of our sponsors Erme gave us an international perspective on growing garlic and we also learnt about Weed Gunnel and weed control, Farmtek mulching machinary and Organic Crop Protectants and Feeding your garlic crop from our other sponsors.

Once again the organisers made sure that there was lots of time to catch up with other garlic growers as well as others committed to the future of the garlic industry in Australia.

Most of the talks are now up in the Members Only section of the website. To access this, log in using your member name and password and click on the Members Only heading.

Chilli & Herbs Festival

The AGIA for the second year attended the Renaissance Herbs Chilli & Herbs festival held in the beautiful Yarra Valley at Wandin, Vic.

The AGIA continued its charter to educate the public and garlic growers on the different characteristics of the hundreds of cultivars of garlic growing in Australia.  People were particularly interested in the display of seven different types of garlic provided by Penny Woodward.  The most common statement for the weekend was "I had no idea there were so many types of garlic"

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