Narromine couple Midnight and Dawn Brydon have won championship beverage at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards.
The couple’s lemon cordial was the most delicious beverage on the day with the judges awarding 100 points to the local small business.
Mrs Brydon with her award and the famous cordial.
Mrs Brydon said she’s had great luck in the fine foods festivals.
“I didn’t think anything was outstanding enough for gold this year, just goes to show I’ve been doing these shows all these years and I don’t know,” she said.
The Midnight Downs Lemon Cordial was judged in it’s class, Cordial with Added Sugar and received a gold medal.
The beverage is blind judged and has to get between 95 and 100 points to be awarded gold.
From there it was judged in the overall beverages which includes cordial without sugar, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
“There were 23 gold medals over all the classes and it’s who has the highest points,” Mrs Brydon said.
The lemon cordial wasn’t the only gold medal the Brydons received at the festival.
“We had four entries and we got three golds and one bronze,” Mrs Brydon said.
“Gold for the lemon cordial, lemon butter, poppy seed dressing and the liquid golf spiced vinegar got a bronze.”
“It was quite a buzz.”
Winning the Hobart Fine Food Festival is no easy feat, Mrs Brydon said.
“It’s nation wide fine foods, even Coles enters. it’s the toughest judging in the country.
“In Sydney Royal Fine Foods Festival you need 74 points to get a bronze, you need an extra 10 points to get bronze in the Hobart Fine Foods Festivals,” she said.
Mrs Brydon said there is no trick or secret to her cordial recipe.
“It’s probably that they’re done in smaller batches. Biggest batch I’ve done is 12 bottles,” she said.
“It’s based on my maternal grandma’s recipe. It’s a mixed taste cordial put a little bit in a glass and put in some water and mix it your taste.
“My grandma always said have it as thick or thin as you like.”
The Brydons also make a point of using local and fresh produce.
“They’re home grown lemons or people give me lemons,” she said.
“Things I can’t grow myself I buy from other growers, it probably helps the fruit hasn’t been all around the world.”
The Midnight Downs produce is available for anyone to buy.
“We sell at the Dubbo Farmers Markets and Orange Farmers Market.
“You can also mail order, ring me or send me an email,” Mrs Brydon said.
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