Locally produced seafood has again earned the judges accolades at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, highlighting our region’s excellent environment and quality aquaculture practices.
Eden Smokehouse earned three silvers, the highest medal awarded this year, for its hot smoked Atlantic salmon (sliced), eel and ocean trout (sliced).
Three bronze were also awarded to the boutique smokehouse for its hot smoked Atlantic salmon (unsliced), ocean trout and Atlantic salmon gravlax.
Oyster growers at Wonboyn and Pambula also earned a bucket of silver and bronze with a Tathra national parks based grower taking home the gold.
South Coast Tourism’s tourism and marketing manager Anthony Osborne said the accolades were not only a boon for these producers and local businesses, but also for tourism.
“It shines an incredibly positive light on the area through far reaching PR, at very little cost,” he said.
“Importantly it re-enforces community belief that we are a unique food tourism destination and our products are world class.
“It gives both the tourism industry, and locals, stories to share with guests and friends, and even more reason to indulge in products from our own backyard.”
“All this drives super-effective word of mouth marketing through people’s social networks and continues shining the light our way.”
Smokehouse master and repeat medal winner, Stan Soroka, entered eight categories and won medals for six.
“We are getting medals every year, it puts us up there as far as hot smoked fish goes,” he said.
“It shows that we’re still the top, we’re number one out there, it gives us the stamp of quality approval and brings attention to Eden”
Bega Coast Oysters spokesperson Sue McIntyre said heavy rain in the lead up to the competition had growers a little worried.
“We had a lot of rain before the show but not quite enough for the oysters to spawn, it was very advantageous for south coast estuaries,” she said
“It’s great to have so many people here who are keen to show and
four of the estuaries that have won silver and bronze (Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula and Wonboyn) have all instigated estuary wide management systems over the past three years to maintain water quality.”