Take your taste buds on a mouth-watering tour of the best in Australian produce from the Australian Food Awards (AFA). The products on this page are the best this country has to offer as judged by Australia’s most discerning food palates and each bite will leave you hungry for more.
Next time you visit your local supermarket, organic grocer, farmers market or providore, look for products stamped with the AFA national seal of quality and have confidence that you are stocking your fridge with the pinnacle of Australian produce.
Tasmania’s famous Leatherwood honey comes from the flowers of the state’s Leatherwood tree, which is unique to the rainforest regions of the island’s west coast. Leatherwood Honey has a unique spicy flavour and distinctive aroma.www.ozhoney.com.au
This Spelt, Buckwheat and Polenta Loaf is an earthy, rustic style bread with nutty flavours and a malty finish. Zeally Bay Sourdough is a wholefood bakery based in Torquay turning out a range of certified organic sourdough breads. Made using a unique blend of organic flours, filtered water, the 30-year-old family leaven and natural sea salt, these are delicious crusty breads.zeallybaysourdough.com.au
This free-range pork rack has the ultimate crackling and will have your mouth-watering as you cut into it. When you step onto the Bundarra Berkshires farm, you will see the open paddocks, black pigs under trees and know that it is a place where the people are passionate about what they do and love their animals. The farm often hosts events and workshops so check out the website for the latest. They also offer a unique farm stay in a timber wagon.bundarraberkshires.com.au
Based in Canberra, Enigma Fine Chocolates specialises in handmade artisan-style chocolate truffles, bars and unique items using cocoa beans from different regions all around the world. They’re passionfruit, raspberry, champagne, burnt honey caramel and single malt scotch whisky flavours won gold at the 2017 Australian Food Awards.www.enigmafinechocolates.com.au
I scream, you scream, we all scream for multi-award-winning ice cream! Apollo Bay icon Dooley's Ice Cream has been producing award-winning ice creams and gelatos since 2002. The father-daughter business was awarded 16 gold medals at the 2017 Australian Food Awards, and the medals don't lie, their ice cream is worthy of a golden cone and their passionfruit flavour is no exception to this. Dooley's Ice Cream is available in tubs in selected stores in Melbourne, southeast Victoria and the surf coast.www.facebook.com
Bertocchi Smallgoods was established in 1972 in Thomastown and is now the largest 100% Australian-owned smallgoods manufacturer. The emphasis at Bertocchi is on artisanal, hand-craftsmanship and products made the traditional way. Bertocchi Gold Thin & Crispy Bacon was awarded Best Smallgoods at the 2017 Australian Food Awards and 16 other products were awarded medals. Bertocchi products can be found at all supermarkets and fine delicatessens.bertocchi.com.au
Prior to opening Dooley’s Ice Cream, Dooley Milner said he struggled to find an ice cream he enjoyed as they lacked flavour and body. This passionfruit ice cream packs a flavour punch and is the perfect, smooth and creamy texture. Made with premium quality ingredients, you’ll want to eat the entire tub.www.facebook.com
Based in Flowerdale, the hens at The Old Farm Happy Valley are grass-fed and free range. The sustainable farming system produces eggs of the highest quality and flavour, enriched by a diet of pasture, insects and seeds.www.theoldfarmhappyvalley.com.au
Stockyard is Australia’s leading exporter of Wagyu beef. Since 1994 they have been producing high quality Wagyu beef and serving it to the most discerning food palates around the world. The Stockyard Black label has a marble score of 8 to 9 – that is some melt in your mouth meat!www.stockyardbeef.com.au
Ecumbene’s smoked trout has a great balance of sweet and savoury which results in a wonderful flavour. A visit to Eucumbene Trout Farm and you can try your hand at trout fishing, with the team happy to prepare your freshly caught trout to booked on the onsite BBQ or taken home. There is also an onsite café and accommodation.www.eucumbenetroutfarm.com
Made using fresh, seasonal produce, this colourful salad created by Chef Louise, is fresh and delicious. Brunch Café is located in Mount Dandenong and open from 9am – 5pm every day except Wednesday, serving up award-winning food and coffee.www.brunchcafe.com.au
Wildes Lane garlic is an artisan handcrafted produce. Planting, tending, harvesting and curing is all done by hand from an off-grid, 20-acre farmlet located in the foothills of the Grampians national park. You can order the garlic via the website or head to a farmers market in the Grampians region.www.wildeslanefarm.com.au