The Leeuwin Coast Akoya has been announced as a 2021 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards State Winner.
The announcement of the 2021 State Winners is the result of the delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards State Judges meeting to taste their way through the crop of predominantly primary produce industry-nominated entries. The State Judges were tasked with awarding the best of their state in the Dairy, Earth, Paddock and Sea categories.
delicious. editorial director Kerrie McCallum said: “Although the pandemic still presents challenges, this year’s State Judging was as exciting as ever. The produce that was tasted across all of the categories was outstanding. Australian producers continue to deliver world-leading produce.
“The delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards, now in its 16th year, celebrates and honours the best and most innovative producers and produce in Australia. The awards aim to encourage, showcase and reward Australian producers, build awareness of culinary regions and recognise fresh, seasonal food that is produced sustainably with passion and integrity. Affected by severe drought, devastating bushfires, COVID-19 challenges and now the floods in New South Wales, it has never been more important to support our farmers and producers.
“I’m delighted to have Harvey Norman on board as our presenting partner for the third consecutive year and thank them for their support. I would also like to thank all of the State Judges for caring so deeply about these awards and for their time that they give so generously, and congratulate all of this year’s State Winners.”
New South Wales State Judge Jordan Toft, who hosted the state’s judging at Mimi’s in Sydney, said: “I’m proud to be part of this year’s State Judging. Despite the many challenges that our Aussie farmers continue to face, the produce that we tasted was innovative and impressive. It’s the dedication and craftsmanship of the producers that allow us to create the high-quality dining experiences for which Australia is world renowned.”
The State Winners’ produce will be tasted by the National Judging panel in May to decide the 2021 Gold Medal Winners and Trophy Winners, as well as overseeing Producer of the Year; Best New Product; In the Bottle; Outstanding Viticulturist; Outstanding Region; Outstanding Farmers’ Market; Outstanding Innovation; Outstanding Design; the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food; the Unearthed Next-Gen Chef; Outstanding Native Producer; Outstanding Artisan; and Unearthed Next-Gen Producer.