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Award-winning Christmas picks for food, wine, beer and spirits

Unearth some of the country's best cheese, produce, sweets and snacks

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Each year Winning Tastes uncovers and awards the best in fine food and drink from right around Australia. Winners of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s world class awards programs showcase top-notch food and drink.

Try these Australian Food Awards medal winners, from the best starters to spice up your antipasto platter to the perfect desserts to finish your meal on a seriously tasty note.

Antipasto
Olives: Nangkita Olives Kalamata
Crackers: Asterisk Kitchen Activated Coconut Charcoal Lavosh
Cheese: Prom Country Cheese Venus Blue and Pyengana Tasty

Main course
Ham: Bomba Ham, Barkly Smokehouse 
Fish: Hiramasa Kingfish,  Clean Seas
Chicken: Hazeldene’s Free-range Chicken

On the side
Bread: Seeded Sourdough, The Honey Thief Bakery
Butter: Beautifully Butterfully Unsalted

For dessert
Cream: Farmdale Thickened Cream
Ice cream: Dooley’s Ice Cream, Rum and Raisin
Fruit cake: Louisa Morris Cakes Rich Fruit Cake
Cheesecake: Gluten Free Salted Caramel with Macadamia Cheesecake, Nee’s High Apple Pies
Pudding: Traditional Plum Pudding, Pud for all Seasons
Sauce: Spiced Brandy Sauce, Silver Penny Puddings