December 13 2013 Latest news:
The Wroxham Barns annual scone competition - Ian Russell from Wroxham Barns with the winners, (from left), Valerie Noon, Marion Skinner, Emma Mayhew, Louise Gasparro, and (front) Amelia Wicks. Pic by Keiron Tovell
Monday, September 30, 2013
There were nearly 90 entries for the popular annual event at Wroxham Barns billed as Britain’s only dedicated scone competition.
Contestants travelled from far afield yesterday to proudly present their home-made scones in front of a judging panel of regional journalists.
And anyone who thinks a scone is just a scone should think again.
In the freestyle category, bakers let their imagination run riot with amazing taste combinations that saw lavender and coconut scones competing against ones flavoured with Earl Grey – there was even a “Big Breakfast” scone complete with bacon, sausage and black pudding.
The bakers looked on anxiously as judges deliberated over the winners of the different categories which covered plain, fruit and cheese scones as well as freestyle.
The separate children’s section showed perhaps the most creativity with last year’s winner, Ioan Beezhold, eight, of Strumpshaw, making a Happisburgh sconehouse.
“He wanted to do the leaning tower of Pisa but I told him to think local,” said mum Sue, herself the inspiration behind Big Breakfast.
He was vying against Evie Randlesone, four, from nearby Tunstead, who created a scone in the shape of a pig.
However, the children’s winner was Amelia Wicks, five, of Little Plumstead, who beat her sister Lucy, nine, into second place.
Proud mum Emma confessed she and her husband Andy had also entered the competition but without the same success.
Maria Skinner, of Neatishead, took the plain scone section, described by Barns’ owner Ian Russell as “the area for scone experts with nothing to hide behind”.
Fruit scones winner was Valerie Noon, of South Walsham, who works at Fairhaven garden in the village which is renowned for its scones; the cheese section went to Louise Gasparro, of Swanton Abbott and the freestyle winner was Emma Mayhew, of Tibenham.
Mr Russell, who launched the competition seven years ago, said it was remarkable to see how the event, part of the Norfolk Food Festival, had taken off.
He said: “This is one of the biggest ever fields we have had; it is brilliant, amazing and great fun.
“It is good to see so many youngsters taking part in the children’s competition. That augurs well for the future of British baking.”
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