Sydney Royal honour for Cessnock winemaker

Local winemaker Andrew Thomas was recognised at the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s prestigious Parade of Champions on Tuesday.

The Parade of Champions has been a showstopper with the crowds and is now in its third year.

Taking place on Excellence in Agriculture Day, the parade celebrates members of the show family for their outstanding contributions to the Show over the years. 

Andrew first started entering Thomas Wines in the Sydney Royal Wine Show five years ago and since then has had tremendous success winning two champion trophies and four gold medals for his wine. 

His greatest success was being named one of six finalists in the 2013 President’s Medal, a prestigious industry event that recognises Australian producers for their profitability, sustainability and high-quality produce. 

President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), Glenn Dudley, said the champions are the heart and soul of the Show. 

 “Each year, our exhibitors, committee members and volunteers travel hundreds of kilometres and dedicate countless hours, helping to shape what has become an iconic, Australian event,” he said. 

 “Their passion shines through, allowing us to bring country and city together to enjoy the very best that rural and regional Australia has to offer, from food and fibre to culture and community. 

 “At the 2014 Show, more than 28,000 entries will compete in more than 5,000 competition classes as diverse as livestock, horticulture, art and woodchop – all vying for the chance to take home a coveted Sydney Royal ribbon. 

“The parade honours the people behind the ribbons; those who’ve been integral in showcasing excellence in NSW and Australian agriculture over some of the Show’s 191 year history. 

 “This year, we encourage you to put on your favourite hat, get behind your region and your Champion and join us at the Show from 10-23 April. It’s a chance to celebrate the country in the city and let your senses run wild.” 

HONOUR: Cessnock winemaker Andrew Thomas of Cessnock with NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson.

HONOUR: Cessnock winemaker Andrew Thomas of Cessnock with NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson.

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