Country Style magazine celebrated its 30th birthday last week with an inaugural Country Style Ball held at Carriageworks in Sydney’s Eveleigh. To mark this significant milestone, Country Style also launched its first-ever Country Style Awards.
From producers and artisans to tour operators and pilots, the magazine shortlisted 30 inspiring people making a big difference in rural Australia. The awards consisted of five key categories including People, Travel, Entertainment, Home & Design and Fashion, recognising them for their innovation, hard work and dedication.
“For our 30th birthday, we wanted to acknowledge our readers and give them the recognition they deserve. Regional Australia is full of amazing people doing wonderful things and we are thrilled to celebrate our 30 nominees and bring them to a national stage,” said Country Style Editor, Victoria Carey.
The winners of the five key categories are:
Nick Haddow, cheesemaker at Bruny Island Cheese Co & Glen Huon Farm in Tasmania
Ian Johnstone – Ecotourism operator and founder of The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania
Home & Design
Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti of Willie Weston
Pip Smith, sheep farmer and co-founder of LoveMerino
People and People’s Choice Award
Charlie Arnott, regenerative and biodynamic farmer and food producer from Boorowa
The People’s Choice Award was open to the Country Style readers to cast their votes for their favourite and most inspiring nominee. The category was won by Charlie Arnott followed closely behind by Pip Smith.
“We are very excited for Australia to discover the hidden gems of the country and show the true potential of these little towns. On behalf of Country Style, I’d like to congratulate all the nominees as well as the winners for our first ever Country Style Awards,” said Ms Carey.