As good as winning the Brownlow
BERRY’S Creek Cheese owner, Barry Charlton, describes his latest awards as the equivalent to winning football’s Brownlow Medal.
For Barry and his partner Cheryl Hulls it is only just sinking in that they’ve just won the highest honour in Australia for cheese.
Recently they won the Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s (DIAA) most outstanding exhibit of show for their Riverine Blue cheese made with buffalo milk.
It scored 19.33 points out of a possible 20 points to claim the top honours. The cheese was judged best out of 1400 exhibits of dairy products in the show, including cheese, gelato, yoghurts and milks.
The awards ceremony was recently held at the Plaza Ballroom, under the Regent Theatre in Melbourne’s Collins Street.
Barry said it was an emotional night, especially when he had to go up and give an acceptance speech; there was hardly a dry eye in the room!
As well as being attended by Barry and Cheryl, two of the long term and original staff, Amanda Ford and Laura Rowe were also in attendance.
The Riverine Blue has won a string of awards in recent times. At the DIAA awards it also won champion non bovine cheese, and highest scoring cheese of the show. Earlier it had cleaned up all major awards in the Victorian division, highest scoring non bovine cheese, champion cheese of the show and most outstanding show exhibit.
At the Queensland Food and Wine Show it won champion product (buffalo, goat and sheep), and grand champion of show. The Tarwin Blue won the champion cheese of the show.
The demand for cheese from Berrys Creek Cheese is so great that Barry and Cheryl will soon be relocating their factory to a new purpose built establishment at Fish Creek being constructed by Paul Pangrazzi.
This will enable the production of cheese to swell from 18 tonnes per year to a possible 100 tonnes.
“I’ve had a number of wholesalers asking for more cheese but until now I haven’t had the capacity,” Mr Charlton said.
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