The snags, beer and coffee fit for a king at Perth Royal Food Awards

(l-r) Judges Paul Morrison, Patrick O’Brien, Jason Smith and Andy StreitOK were on the hunt for WA’s best sausage when the three-month Royal Food Awards srated at Claremont Showground yesterday. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
(l-r) Judges Paul Morrison, Patrick O’Brien, Jason Smith and Andy StreitOK were on the hunt for WA’s best sausage when the three-month Royal Food Awards srated at Claremont Showground yesterday. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

A HUMBLE but well-created snag or banger will be crowned the best sausage in WA during the three-month Perth Royal Food Awards that started at Claremont Showground yesterday.

“We’re looking for a sausage that’s got texture, that has its own flavours that are balanced, and they are still appealing and hold their shape before cooking,” chief judge Patrick O’Brien said.

The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) award for the best traditional and gourmet sausage attracted 69 entries from butchers in its second year.

“We had one entry that stuck out which was lamb and cheese, but it was a traditional section entry, but if they’d stuck it in the gourmet section it would have been outstanding,” Mr O’Brien said.

The awards will also seek to find the best small good, meat, pantry good, beer, dairy product, alternative milk and bread or pastry in competitions until the end of July, and judges will be looking for the State’s greatest olive, wine, cider and coffee in August and September.

RAS president Paul Carter said more awards reflected recent food trends and recognised artisanal styles and methods of production, while complementing the livestock and beverage competitions at the Royal Show this year.

The Royal Pantry Goods Awards added confectionary, snack and nut categories, and there was a new award for the best alternative milk product

“This is to encourage dairy alternatives for vegan friendly consumption, as well as in support of those who have intolerances,” Mr Carter said.

More than 600 beers are expected to be entered into the Royal Beer Awards, while 400 entrants from across Australia are expected in the Royal Dairy Awards.

Mr Carter said the winning beers would be sent to the Perth Royal Beer Festival starting on July 13 so the public could see the link between the awards and the RAS’s work to promote the best of WA’s produce.

WA’s coffee makers will show off their skills in the final section of the awards during the Perth Royal Show in September, after the winning sausages are announced on June 29 and the best beers on July 1