The Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced the nation’s best ice cream for 2020. The winner? Gundowring Fine Foods’ liquorice ice cream. Liquorice ice cream.
Let me say that I have the tastebuds of a three year old, so I’m not the biggest fan of liquorice ice cream. I’m confused by the winner, but I’m going to accept it because who am I to argue with the 21-year-old Australian Grand Dairy Awards? Organised by Dairy Australia, the competition puts four hundred (already) award-winning products under the spotlight as 12 top dairy judges pick them apart. Categories include Australia’s top cheeses, ice creams, milks, butter, and gelato.
This is the highest of highest honours. No joke.
“Winning at The Australian Grand Dairy Awards is the highest accolade in the dairy industry and is testament to our farmers and producers, whose hard work and dedication to their craft inspires some of the highest quality dairy products in the world,” Australian Grand Dairy Awards Convener, Alexandra Kury, said.
Gundowring’s award-winning ice cream is all natural, which means no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. At the Grand Dairy Awards alone, Gundowring’s liquorice ice cream has won the top honour two other times, first in 2010 and again in 2018. So look, it must be bloody good.
Okay I’ll try a scoop, a bowl, the whole tub. Gimme.
All in all, Victorian producers won the highest number of champion titles at the Grand Dairy Awards. The beautiful state took out seven of the nineteen categories, which is bloody solid work. Western Australia came second with four titles, New South Wales followed with three, South Australia and Queensland tied with two, and Tassie took home one.
If you’re looking for Australia’s best blue cheese, Berry’s Creek Gourmet Cheese won top honours for their Oak Blue blue cheese. And in no surprise whatsoever, Fonterra Australia (Cobden) took out the country’s best butter for their Western Star Salted Butter.
You can suss out the whole list of winners right here.