RQFWS Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition 

The Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show (RQFWS) Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition was the first in the country dedicated to judging the best in sorbets, gelato and ice cream. Since its introduction in 2011 as a standalone competition, entry numbers have remained high, confirming it as one of the nation's premier dairy competitions.

The 2019 competition will see the introduction of a single serve class and a class for strawberry-flavoured ice cream and gelato. Peer to peer reports will also be provided for all exhibits, providing exhibitors with a report to compare their products against the industry.

Renowned international food judge, cheesemaker and dairy connoisseur, Russell Smith, will again be Chief Judge of the Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition.

Russell Smith, who has more than 20 years experience in the industry, will oversee an expert judging panel made up of some of Australia’s most respected and experienced food industry professionals.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your products judged at the highest level, by some of the nation’s top dairy judges. The products are judged on their flavour, aroma, body, texture and presentation.

Join us in celebrating Australia’s finest produce - this is a unique branding opportunity for your business, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Entries will open on Monday 18 February 2019.

Benefits and Opportunities

Participating in the Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition gives you the opportunity to access the following benefits:

  • An opportunity to be featured at the RQFWS wine tasting event 'Grape Grazing by Night - Celebrating Australian Wine' on 12 July 2019, which is attended by more than 800 people
  • Access to RQFWS medal artwork which is provided to winners free of charge
  • An opportunity to be featured throughout the 10 days of the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) in August - the largest event in Queensland - including at the Ekka Media Launch (July); RQFWS Cooking Stage; the Royal Queensland Steakhouse presented by JBS; RQFWS food outlets; Corporate Suites; Sponsor Lounge; and RNA Council events
  • The opportunity to become a supplier to the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) and feature in their menu compendium which is offered to international, national and local events
  • Publicity, with winners mentioned in RQFWS media releases, social media posts and on the website

2018 Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Winner

Congratulations to Gourmet Ice Cream Products - Lemon Curd Gelato, which won Lendlease Grand Champion Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbet of Show. 

Results Catalogues

Forms and Downloads

Material for the 2019 Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition will be available in February 2019. 

Important Dates and Information

  • Entries open Monday 18 February 2019
  • Entries close Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Judging Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Delivery of entries Tuesday 14 May - Wednesday 15 May 2019  
    8.30am to 4pm

    Delivery docket and map will be provided after the close of entries.

    (No entries will be accepted before or after this date)
  • Deliver entries to Attn: Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet Competition
    Ernest Baynes Dining Room
    Brisbane Showgrounds
    600 Gregory Terrace
    Bowen Hills QLD 4006
  • Awards Presentation Friday 24 May 2019
    1pm to 3pm
    Brisbane Showgrounds
    600 Gregory Terrace
    Bowen Hills QLD 4006
  • For specific competition related enquiries please contact:

    Ice Cream, Gelato & Sorbet 
    Competition & Events Coordinator
    Phone: 07 3253 3989
    Email: syoon@royalqueenslandshow.com.au