Conducted under the auspices of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland, the competition – the only commercial beer competition in Queensland – is a significant step in the development of the beer market in the state.
Angus Adnam, Councillor in charge of the Food and Wine Competitions for RNA said that, although this was its first year, the beer competition will have a significant place in the RNA’s future competitions.
“The Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show is Queensland’s showcase produce event, and it is only fitting that beer is included as a standalone category,” Angus said.
With the competition running under the RQF&WS banner, good results will provide entrants with excellent access to the ever growing Queensland market.
“As an organisation with economic development of agricultural industry as a key element of our charter, benefitting our competitors commercially is a major consideration of all of our competitions,” Andrew said.
“We are also running a beer masterclass opened to the general public, featuring the best entries in the show.
“We have future plans to coordinate between the other competitions such as olive oil, lamb, beef and cheese to showcase the best of all of our shows, which opens some exciting possibilities to showcase beer as well.”
The competition is open to all beer brewed and bottled in Australia that is commercially available in packaged form.
While craft beer has been a growing category nationally, Queensland has tended to lag behind the rest of the country. The Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show Beer Competition is a major step in increasing the awareness of the evolving face of beer..
Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 4.30pm: Applications close
Friday, 15 October 2010 at 4.30pm: Entries to be delivered to RNA
Thursday, 21 October 2010: Judging