Published on Feb 19, 2019

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Burgerfiend in Cooper St Cessnock has received the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for the best burger in Newcastle and the Hunter. The accolade is quite a mouthful, but then so are Burgerfiend’s delicious burgers!


Apparently the secret ingredients are the use of great local ingredients, closely followed by care and attention to detail.


The award is, as the name suggests, the result of readers of the guide voting for their favourite in each category in each region in Australia. So given the amount of burger bars there are in Newcastle and the Hunter, it’s no mean feat to be the winner.

Congratulations to Marlene and Matt Fulham at Burgerfiend, well done!


Burgerfiend is a small scale local version of the way the food and beverage industry is developing in NSW; using great local ingredients and turning them into a product that’s in demand.


To top it off, the Hunter Valley has been named as the Reader’s Choice for regions!!


All the local winners from the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are:

  • Burger – Burgerfiend
  • Modern Australian – The Mill Restaurant
  • Mediterranean – Goldfish Hunter Valley
  • European and Top 13 – Margan Restaurant
  • Bistro – Buttai Barn
  • International – Mount Broke Wines Restaurant and Bar
  • Wineries – Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
  • Regional – Hunter Valley Region
  • Regional – Wine Country Villas


Congratulations to the high esteem of our winners!


NSW Food and Beverage manufacturing industry development strategy

The NSW government is developing a state-wide industry strategy to ensure growth of our food manufacturing, processing and export markets. The NSW food and beverage manufacturing industry is the largest agribusiness sector in the state. It consists of around 3,600 businesses, produces almost one fifth of the Australian sector’s exports and employs nearly 70,000 people.


Australia has a reputation for clean, safe produce and value-added products which are increasingly in demand throughout the fast-growing middle class in emerging countries, particularly in Asia.


The food and beverage strategy is a way to set targeted, practical initiatives to increase growth in the sector. Changes in how the industry operates mean that the food and beverage manufacturing jobs of the future will require a deep technical knowledge, an understanding of supply chains, relationship management skills and digital literacy.

Download the industry development strategy.

Food and Beverage Manufacturing Connect Program

NSW food and beverage manufacturers are also invited to register for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Connect program. The Connect program aims to strengthen collaboration across the food and beverage manufacturing industry.


To be part of this conversation, register your interest here.



For more information on accessing export markets, including incentives and funding.