Vanilla Slice Triumphs through the years

Vanilla Slice Triumphs through the years

COVID-19 restrictions mean this highly-anticipated competition isn’t going ahead in 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look back on vanilla slice triumphs through the years.

Starting in the tiny town of Ouyen, Victoria back in 1998, over the course of two decades The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph has become one of the biggest events on the baking calendar. Winning the Triumph is a big deal, with the title proving to be a big pulling card for customers keen to taste a piece of Australia’s best vanilla slice.

Like all great heroes, the competition itself has a great origin story. The story goes that The Great Vanilla Slice Triumph began in Ouyen in 1998 after then-Victorian premier Geoff Kennett claimed the vanilla slice from the town’s Mallee Bakery was the best he’d ever tasted. Locals challenged Kennett to give them an event to boost the local economy and put the tiny Mildura town on the map. They suggested the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and he countered with the Vanilla Slice competition.

Kennett personally supported the Triumph, acting as a guest judge until 2005. In 2011, Ouyen awarded the rights to host the competition to Merbein, another Sunraysia town.

Over the years the competition has attracted entries from around Victoria and even interstate. Lets take a look back at the winning entries over the years.


The Bridgewater Bakehouse, Bridgewater


Hudak’s Bakery, Mildura

Vanilla Slice Triumphs through the years


Sharp’s Bakery, Birchip


Golden Nugget Bakery, Ballarat


Tatura Hot Bread Bakery, Tatura


Sweet By Nature, Heidleberg West


Waak’s Bakery, Stawell


Bayswater Cake Kitchen, Bayswater


Bourkie’s Bakehouse, Woodend


Merwan’s Pies, Seaford


Stoney Creek Bakery (now Halls Gap Bakery), Halls Gap

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, and look forward to seeing The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph back bigger and better than ever in 2021!

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  1. Dayv

    17 November

    Hi. Looking on the other side of COVID, do you have a date and town for the 2021 Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph yet?
    Thanks heaps

    • Kelly James

      13 January

      Hi Dayv, so far new dates haven’t been announced, but we will update if that changes – fingers crossed this wonderful comp can go ahead again soon.

    • Mickey Nelson

      12 May

      August 14th 2021 in Merbein

  2. Tom

    27 February

    I can’t wait either, is there a mailing list that I can sign up for to be notified of when and where the 2021 Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph will happen?


  3. Johnny Cowper

    8 April

    Hello from NSW
    Has there been a date announced for the 2021 Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph.
    I have never had the pleasure of sampling the Victorian Vanilla Slices but have tried many in NSW.
    For me the Gold Standard World Class Vanilla Slice is from the Crescent Head Bakery followed by those from the Gerringong Bakery.

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