Win­ning Tastes

Dis­cover the very best in food and drink by vis­it­ing win­ners from the Aus­tralian Food Awards on a leisurely jour­ney through Mel­bourne and sur­rounds

Time Out (Melbourne) - - FOOD & DRINK -

Dooley’s Ice Cream

CHAM­PION AUS­TRALIAN MEDIUM PRO­DUCER 2016 & 2017 CHAM­PION AUS­TRALIAN DAIRY Pas­sion­fruit Ice Cream GOLD 16 flavours in­clud­ing Milo, Ba­nana, Lemon Curd, Honey Malt SIL­VER Rum & Raisin An Apollo Bay in­sti­tu­tion, Dooley’s Ice Cream took home gold medals for 16 of its flavours at the 2017 Aus­tralian Food Awards. The fa­ther-daugh­ter busi­ness has been pro­duc­ing award-win­ning ice cream since 2002, with dis­tinc­tive flavours in­clud­ing Milo, Lemon Curd, Pas­sion­fruit, Honey Malt, Ma­cadamia and more. à 89 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay 3233. 03 5237 7581.

Mi­lawa Cheese Com­pany

BEST CHEESE King River Gold BRONZE Mi­lawa Blue, Mt Buf­falo Blue Mi­lawa Cheese Com­pany is a must-visit in the Mi­lawa gourmet re­gion, mak­ing a wide va­ri­ety of cheese from lo­cal goat and cow’s milk. All of the cheeses are made by hand us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods and sus­tain­able tech­niques. Stop by to taste some rich and flavour­some cheeses and visit the on­site restau­rant, Mi­lawa Kitchen. à 17 Fac­tory Rd, Mi­lawa 3678. 03 5727 3589. www.mi­

Sweet by Na­ture

BEST BAKED GOOD Cof­fee Wal­nut Cake GOLD Rum Raisin Brownie SIL­VER Fruit ‘n’ Nut Bis­cuit, Lime & Co­conut Cheese­cake BRONZE Ap­ple Hokey Pokey Crum­ble, Let It Snow Cheese­cake, Lemon Driz­zle Cake Sweet by Na­ture cakes are made from scratch with pre­mium in­gre­di­ents by a team who are pas­sion­ate about bak­ing. You can visit the Sweet by Na­ture bak­ery, Na­turelover’s Café and pur­chase the de­li­cious cakes and bis­cuits or en­joy a great lunch and cof­fee. à 131-133 Bam­field Rd, Hei­del­berg West 3081. 03 9456 9300. www. sweet­by­na­

Ash­bur­ton Meats

BEST BRANDED LAMB Gipp­s­land Lamb Co SIL­VER Tus­can Sausage BRONZE Greek Lamb Sausage, Paul’s Fine Foods Ash­bur­ton Meats spe­cialises in pre­mium qual­ity, grass-fed, eth­i­cally farmed Gipp­s­land pure beef that can be traced lo­cally from pad­dock to plate. Free from ar­ti­fi­cial growth hor­mones, the lamb, pork and beef is guar­an­teed to be ten­der. à 235 High St, Ash­bur­ton 3147. 03 9885 8118. www.ash­bur­ton­

Yarra Val­ley Dairy

SIL­VER Per­sian Fetta BRONZE Em­po­rium Se­lec­tion Per­sian Fetta Just one hour from Mel­bourne, the Yarra Val­ley has a long his­tory of dairy farm­ing and is renowned for pro­duc­ing su­perb food. Visit the Yarra Val­ley Dairy Cheese Shop to taste ar­ti­san cheeses, stock up on lo­cal pro­duce or treat your­self to a de­li­cious cheese plat­ter. à 70-80 Mcmeikans Rd, Yer­ing 3770. 03 9739 1222.

Mt Buf­falo Olives

SIL­VER Quince Paste, Moun­tain Blend Ex­tra Vir­gin Olive Oil, Lemon Agru­mato Olive Oil BRONZE Ro­busto Ex­tra Vir­gin Olive Oil Fran­toio & Koroneiki Mt Buf­falo Olives is renowned for pro­duc­ing award-win­ning ex­tra vir­gin olive oil and ta­ble olives, and Ka­roonda Olive Grove Re­treat is an on site farm­stay cot­tage. à 307 Mount Buf­falo Rd, Pore­punkah 3740. 03 5756 2143.­buf­faloo­

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